Odds of Possible St. Louis Cardinals Trades Actually Happening

Kelsey Shea WeinrichContributor IJuly 9, 2013

Odds of Possible St. Louis Cardinals Trades Actually Happening

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    The Cardinals' strong start to the 2013 season has left them in a pretty good position. That being said, the team has slowly come back to Earth in recent weeks.

    General manager John Mozeliak won't be looking to trade major prospects. In fact, he has said that there are "sound internal options." Not to mention the potential comeback of Chris Carpenter.

    Still, some deals could go down in order to secure a new arm or two for the rotation and bullpen.

    In this article, you'll find three pitchers who have been singled out as possible targets for St. Louis. I've looked at the abilities and worth of each, plus the potential competition to assess the reality of each trade actually happening.

    *All statistics are current on baseball-reference.com as of July 8, 2013*

Jonathan Papelbon

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    Odds: Little to None

    The Cardinals were linked to Papelbon in the past few weeks, but I really don't see him fitting in with St. Louis.

    He is a bigger name who probably wouldn't be worth the amount of prospects Mozeliak would have to give up. And he hasn't helped his case in the past month, blowing two saves in three days.

    And then there's the fact that the Cards' current closer has the third-most saves in the NL, and they have another proven closer waiting in the wings post-2013 in Jason Motte.

    The Cardinals might be searching for a reliever, but they'd be better suited with a solid setup man rather than a marquee name.

Jesse Crain

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    Odds: Not Likely

    The White Sox have recently been declared "open for business," claiming almost everyone is fair game. And up until recently, Crain was looking like a top trade chip.

    Earlier in 2013, he broke the White Sox's team record for most consecutive scoreless outings, and his ERA is a microscopic 0.74. However, he was recently placed on the DL with a shoulder injury that has decreased his immediate value.

    Even if the Crain was healthy, the Cardinals might be working against teams like the Tigers to pursue him. Mozeliak might have to look elsewhere for relief help. Unfortunately, I've been unable to find any leads on who they might be realistically pursuing.

Bud Norris

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    Odds: Not Likely

    Just a few months ago, the Cardinals were reportedly interested in the Astros' Norris. Lately, he has been more closely linked to the Pirates, Giants and Orioles.

    Norris has been a bright spot on a last-place team. In 2013, he has a 3.22 ERA and a 6-7 record. Imagine what he could do under the tutelage of pitching coach Derek Lilliquist! He would certainly be a good addition to an already strong rotation.

    However, the competition for his arm will be fierce. Once again, the Cardinals won't be giving up important prospects, so this is another not-so-likely trade.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Mozeliak does indeed put his faith in the starters he already has, especially if Carpenter can shake things up.