As the trade market finally starts to break loose, there is absolutely no buzz around the Cardinals.
In fact, St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak is on the record as saying that he doesn't think the Cardinals need to add any pitching because the guys they have are doing so well.
But what is GM talk worth at the trade deadline?
On July 20, 2011 Mozeliak said the chances that Colby Rasmus would be a Cardinal past the trade deadline were "pretty high."
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"I think I've been very clear that we're, one, not shopping him and, two, our preference is to keep him," Mozeliak said of Rasmus, insisting that no deals were even on the radar.
The Sporting News says the Redbirds are one of at least six teams that is interested in Tampa Bay starter James Shields, a player the Rays say that they're most likely to keep.
It would surprise me if the Cardinals made a huge move. I think they're most likely to try to add a righty bullpenner and be content that they're offense and pitching -- which have combined for the best run differential in the NL despite the club's pedestrian record -- will come together and rally in the last third of the season.
My biggest concern isn't if the Cardinals have enough pitching to make the playoffs. It's that they they don't have a top of the rotation horse to count on in a big playoff game.
The Cardinals best pitcher this season is first year starter Lance Lynn. Their next best starter is Kyle Lohse who has historically been a middle of the rotation guy, not a pitcher that you would want to send to the hill against Roy Halladay. But the Redbirds can't and won't trade the farm to rent an ace. Any change is bound to be more incremental.
The problem is when you have Shelby Miller, Oscar Tavares, Trevor Rosenthal, Joe Kelly, Matt Adams and Kolten Wong on the verge of the majors, trade partners with good talent are going to be unwilling to settle for less.
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