The trade sent Randy Arozarena and Jose Martinez to the Rays for pitcher Matthew Libertore, and a Minor League catcher.
We have acquired LHP Matthew Liberatore and C Edgardo Rodriguez from Tampa Bay in exchange for OF José Martínez and OF Randy Arozarena.— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) January 10, 2020
Liberatore, 20, was the Rays' 2018 first round draft pick and is regarded as a Top 50 overall prospect. pic.twitter.com/yJxCQT3t9O
First, I will miss Randy Arozarena's Instgram Stories from the Cardinals locker room. I will also miss Jose Martinez, because he was one of the few Cardinals with any personality.
I made a mad dash for the autographed card boxes just minutes after the trade was announced. I actually picked up a pair of Libertore autographs after has was drafted by the Rays. I figure that their high draft picks are likely to end up on the Bulls, so I am saving myself some trouble. Plus, if they are a college player, maybe there is a chance that I have seen them play.
Libertore was a high school kid, so no college cards. Here's what I did have in my autographed cards box of the new Cardinals prospect.
I got this 2018 Bowman's Best autograph of Libertore. It is one of his cheapest autographs, which is exactly why I bought it. I think he was on the Princeton Rays at the time, which is Rookie League. I was also hoping that maybe over time his autograph might evolve into something different.
Probably not, but we can hope.
I did end up with a copy of his Bowman Chrome autograph. A little bit nicer than his Bowman's Best, and a little more expensive.
However, I managed to find a copy of this card last year during the offseason, and it was not too bad to buy this card. I will go ahead and file these away, hopefully he will be pitching at Busch Stadium in the not too distant future.
Unless, he gets traded again.....
Source: #STLCards, #Rockies have exchanged names in Nolan Arenado trade negotiations. Story: https://t.co/BBXP3YHtDT @MLBNetwork @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 14, 2020
In that case, I will post some Nolan Arenado cards.