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Rumor Mill: Is Walt Jocketty going to beat John Mozeliak to the punch?

Two weeks ago it was rumored that the Cardinals hoped to land Tampa Bay starter James Shields in trade.

Obviously, nothing has happened on that front. But what is even more disturbing is the report circulating that the Reds are working in effort to land the Rays starter.

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the teams have discussed a deal and Tampa Bay is currently scouting the Cincinnati farm system.

While I don't want the Cardinals to make a bad deal just for the sake of making a deal, the team can't afford to let both the Brewers AND the Reds massively improve themselves while they do nothing. Especially since the teams share the same needs. If the Reds land Shields, there is a far smaller chance that the Redbirds will be able to significantly upgrade their pitching staff.

I know a lot of it is gamesmanship, but Mozeliak's recent comments about chances being "very small" of landing a starting pitcher and that he would prefer not to deal anyone off the major leage roster have fans I've talked to sounding pretty pessimistic about the Birds' ability to stay in the National League Central race.

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