St. Louis Cardinals: Power Ranking Team's 5 August Acquisitions Since 2000

Adam SpencerCorrespondent IAugust 2, 2012

St. Louis Cardinals: Power Ranking Team's 5 August Acquisitions Since 2000

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    The St. Louis Cardinals didn’t get much help at the 2012 MLB Trade Deadline, acquiring only relief pitcher Edward Mujica from the Miami Marlins.

    If this team is going to catch up to the Cincinnati Reds at the top of the National League Central, it is going to need to find some help in August.

    Since 2000, the Redbirds have made five August acquisitions, some successful and some not so successful.

    From Pedro Feliz to Larry Walker, let’s take a look at how the Cardinals’ five August acquisitions of this millennium stack up against one another.

5. Pedro Feliz

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    Feliz didn’t do much at all after coming to the Cardinals in August of 2010.

    He hit only .208 with one home run and nine RBI in 40 games with the Redbirds.

    The trade was especially tough for the Cardinals since they gave up reliever David Carpenter, who has been serviceable pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels this season.

4. John Smoltz

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    After being released by the Boston Red Sox, Smoltz signed with the Cardinals in August 2009.

    He was decent, compiling a 4.26 ERA, 40 strikeouts and a 1-3 record in seven starts.

    He ended his career with the Redbirds after the team was eliminated by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS.

3. Felipe Lopez

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    Lopez was acquired in August 2008 after the Washington Nationals released him.

    In the 43 games he played with St. Louis in ’08, he hit .385 with four home runs and 21 RBI. He also managed to steal four bases.

    Though the Cardinals didn’t reach the playoffs in 2008, Lopez certainly did everything he could to help his team.

2. Arthur Rhodes

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    The Cardinals signed Rhodes in August 2011 after the Texas Rangers released the aging lefty.

    Rhodes then went on to record four key holds while compiling a 4.15 ERA during the Redbirds’ stretch run.

    He then helped the Cardinals beat the team that released him in the World Series before retiring wearing Cardinal red.

1. Larry Walker

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    St. Louis acquired Walker from the Colorado Rockies in August 2004 for a package that included pitcher Chris Narveson.

    Walker was certainly worth the trade though, hitting .280, belting 11 home runs and driving in 27 runs in just 44 games with St. Louis.

    He also helped lead the team to the ’04 World Series, though the Cards were swept by the Boston Red Sox.

    He then returned to the Cardinals in 2005 for his last season, helping St. Louis to the NLCS.