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Rumor Mill: Cardinals interested in Cliff Lee

The Cardinals have expressed interest in making a trade for Seatte's Cliff Lee, according to AOL's Fanhouse.

Lee, who in 2009 led the Phillies to the World Series, was dealt to Seattle over the winter in a multi-team trade that saw Philadelphia land Roy Halladay. Lee is 6-3 with a 2.39 after he missed nearly the first month of the season with an injury.

According to the report, the Mariners want Shelby Miller included in any deal.

Miller, who was the Birds' first round draft pick lst year, is 1-3 with a 4.67 ERA in Class A Quad Cities this year. He's allowed 46 hits in 44 1/3 innings pitched. But he's struck out a whopping 60 while walking 17.

At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Miller throws hard and has good sink to his fastball, which no doubt endears him to the home team. He also had a nasty slider.

Lee is an excellent pitcher. But he wouid almost certainly be a rental. He's a free agent at the end of the season and they Redbirds seem disinclined to hand out a multi-year contract to a starter when they are already on the hook for longterm deals to Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright and Kile Lohse.

I love great pitching, and I would be thrilled to see the Cardinals be able to send Carp, Waino, Penny, Lee and Garcia to the hill back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back. But it doesn't matter how good your pitcher is if your offense can't score any runs.