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Cardinals acquire Juan Nicasio

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MLB: San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Cardinals have acquired former Pirate reliever Juan Nicasio in exchange for Eliezer Alvarez, a minor league infielder who was ranked the Cards’ tenth best prospect a year ago. The last I checked, St. Louis was a division rival. And now they have Nicasio. And the Pirates have $600,000. And Pirate fans have some empty rationalizations.