The Cardinals will likely have to look somewhere besides Arizona for shortstop help. According to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Diamondbacks are steadfastly refusing to part with Stephen Drew.
San Francisco, which earlier this off-season declined its 2011 option on former Cardinals shortstop Edgar Renteria, inquired about J.D. Drew's younger brother according to the report and was emphatically rebuffed.
While San Francisco might not be an ideal landing spot for Drew because it is in Arizona's division, the Cardinals have seemingly been hamstrung on trades this off-season for a different reason. Because Colby Rasmus publicly asked to be traded, every team that the Cardinals have talked with seems to be hung up on the idea that they can land the talented centerfielder. Atlanta landed Dan Uggla in return for a utility player and a mediocre reliver. But the Marlins insisted on Rasmus in exchange for Uggla.
The report also mentions that Giants infielder Juan Uribe, who has been linked to the Cardinals this off-season, was offered arbitration this week. That means, if the Cardinas sign Uribe, that they'll have to surrender a second round draft pick to San Francisco. The Giants told the Chronicle that bringing Uribe back into the fold is their top priority after signing Aubrey Huff to a two-year, $22 million contract earlier this week.