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The Cardinals are interested in Justin Turner

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cardinals have interest in free agent third baseman Justin Turner.

The Cardinals’ interest is intriguing in that they would seem to have a full complement of infielders, with Jhonny Peralta manning third base. But Turner is a superior player to Peralta, both offensively and defensively, so I suppose stranger things have happened.

But if not the Cardinals, I’m sure Turner’s market will heat up nicely and soon. He has posted an .856 OPS in 386 games over the past three seasons and finds himself as one of the best all-around players currently on the market.

Chris Archer exits start after one inning due to apparent injury

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Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.

Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.

The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.