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Cardinals acquire Lester from Nationals, Happ from Twins

The St. Louis Cardinals acquired Jon Lester from the Washington Nationals and J.A. Happ from...
The St. Louis Cardinals acquired Jon Lester from the Washington Nationals and J.A. Happ from the Minnesota Twins. (Source: KFVS)
Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 4:49 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KFVS) - The St. Louis Cardinals acquired Jon Lester from the Washington Nationals and J.A. Happ from the Minnesota Twins.

The team made the announcement on Friday, July 30.

Left-handed pitcher Lester 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 and a five-time All-Star.

J.A. Happ was acquired 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.

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