Over on the American League side, the Rays dropped Minnesota slugger Nelson Cruz and his thundering bat into their lineup.
The Padres just sent minor leaguers to Pittsburgh to cram Adam Frazier into their order.
The Yankees have started supplementing their bullpen depth, also turning to the Pirates to acquire reliever Clay Holmes.
What do all of these teams have in common?
Each one has a better chance of making the postseason than the Cardinals, if you go by FanGraphs’ version of the playoff projections. And yet you will continue to hear something crazy repeated on a loop as Friday's trade deadline nears.