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Rumor Mill: Cardinals Cruz?

Reports on SiriusXM satellite radio claim that the Cardinals' theoretical interest in a sign and trade deal for former Arizona reliever Juan Cruz are for real and that the teams are trying to work out a swap.

You can never have too much pitching. But I am more on board with the proposal that Chris Perez, Jason Motte or another in-house candidate could handle the closer role than I am that career outfielder Skip Schumaker can learn to play second base at the major league level in six weeks AND not have the distraction diminish his production at the plate.

So, can we get former Arizona second sacker Orlando Hudson thrown in this possible deal?

Actually, it's doubtful the Diamondbacks would make the same arrangement with Hudson because the Dodgers' interest in the former Arizona second baseman has increased greatly in the last week or so.

If Los Angeles is willing to give up a draft pick to sign Hudson, the Cardinals are going to have to offer something worth more than a top draft pick to Arizona.

The commissioner's office, in effort to try to find jobs for the 50 or so free agents left on the street said last week that they would allow teams to circumvent the rules by making sign and trade deals. Usually banned, a deal where the player's former team signed him to a contract and then dealt him to a pre-determined destination would allow the destination team to avoid giving a first or second round draft pick to the team that wanted their former employee. Instead, presumably, they would get a prospect or cash.