CARDINALS AUDIO: John Mozeliak, Mike Shildt, J.A. Happ talk about the Lester, Happ trades July 30, 2021

Near the end of the trading deadline, the Cardinals made two trades: they acquired Jon Lester from the Washington Nationals, and J.A. Happ from the visiting Minnesota Twins.

Lester , a left hander, was acquired in exchange for outfielder Lane Thomas. Lester, 37, was 3-5 with a 5.02 ERA in 16 starts for the Nationals this season. He is a four-time Cy Young Award Top-10 finalist (2010, 2014, 2016, 2018) and a five-time All-Star.

Happ was traded from the Minnesota Twins, along with cash considerations, in exchange for right-handed pitcher John Gant and minor league left-handed pitcher Evan Sisk. Happ, 38, is a veteran of 15 big league seasons, with a career mark of 128-98 with a 4.13 ERA in 343 career games. He finished 2nd in N.L. Rookie of the Year voting in 2009 and was an American League All-Star in 2018.

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