There has been a lot of focus on the Cardinals' alleged interest in Arizona starter Dan Haren.
But, if the Diamondbacks are planning to put out the for sale sign, maybe the Birds would be better served to take a run at Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew.
Drew, the brother of former Cardinals outfielder J.D. Drew, would be a huge offensive upgrade for St. Louis with incumbend shortstop Brendan Ryan back below .200 in the batting average department. I'm willing to be patient, especially because I have griped about the team not giving Ryan a fair chance prior to his 2009 breakout. But, when you have championship aspirations (and it's not 1968) it's hard to ignore that it's a problem when your starting shortstop is hitting .198 and the calendar has turned to July.
Drew usually bats at the top of the order, a particularly sore spot for the Birds this season. He's a .282 career hitter as a leadoff man and he's a lefty bat, which is something the Cardinals can use with only Skip Schumaker and Colby Rasmus batting as regulars from the left side. Felipe Lopez is a swtich hitter, but when David Freese is healthy, he gets much of his playing time subbing for Schumaker at second...
Drew is making $3.4 million this year, which is relatively affordable, and that might make him a harder get than Haren. The D-Backs probably would be more eager to get Haren's $12.5 million per year off the books.