Tampa Bay Rays acquire Martinez from Cardinals for pitching prospect

Jose Martinez #38 of the St. Louis Cardinals runs the bases against the Washington Nationals during Game Four of the National League Championship Series at Nationals Park on October 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired first baseman-designated hitter Jose Martinez from St. Louis in a trade that sends minor league pitching prospect Matthew Liberatore to the Cardinals.

In addition to addressing the need for a right-handed bat, the Rays receive outfielder Randy Arozarena and a Compensation Round A draft pick in the four-player deal.

Liberatore is a 20-year-old left-hander who was the 16th overall pick in the June 2018 draft.

The Cardinals also receive minor league catcher Edgardo Rodriguez and a Compensation Round B draft pick.