St. Louis Cardinals Rumors: Fact or Fiction with the Latest Trade Chatter
With the MLB trade deadline less than a week away, Cardinal fans are wondering what magic general manager John Mozeliak has up his sleeve.
The last two seasons, Mozeliak has pulled the trigger on moves that directly impacted the Cardinals stretch run to the postseason.
With the Cardinals in the market for another starter and possibly a utility player, it'll be interesting to see who will land in St. Louis at the deadline.
Here is a little fact or fiction regarding the current St. Louis Cardinal trade rumors.
Cards Will Make a Run at Acquiring Jake Peavy: Fact
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Peavy would be an excellent fit for the Cardinals. He is a proven commodity when he is healthy and his presence in the rotation would bolster the Cardinals for a deep postseason run.
He is under contract through 2014, with an incentive laden player option for 2015. By adding Peavy, the Cardinals would be set in their rotation for the 2014 season, with Adam Wainwright, Jaime Garcia, Shelby Miller, Peavy and Lance Lynn. That would be a pretty tough rotation for opponents.
The biggest question on if the Cardinals would make a deal is Peavy's health. Minus his 2012 All-Star campaign, Peavy hasn't had a full season since 2008, so hopefully the Cardinals will do their homework before taking a chance on Peavy.
Cardinals Will Leverage Kolten Wong as Trade Bait: Fact
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With Matt Carpenter's emergence as an All-Star second baseman, Kolten Wong may have become expendable. Wong is the Cardinals top middle infielder prospect and just finished competing in the MiLB All-Star Futures game.
I am still of the opinion the Cardinals need to leverage Wong and bring something of high value in return.
Mark Hulet of mlbtraderumors.com is also of a similar mindset in thinking the Cardinals may be hanging Wong out for trade bait.
The guy will be ready to get a shot at the major league level next season. Wong has proven he can hit in the minor leagues, with a .300 career average in his three stops. He will be a good addition for a major-league club in need of a second baseman.
The Cardinals Will Deal for Asdrubal Cabrera: Fiction
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While Pete Kozma has been decent in the field for the Cardinals in 2013, he hasn't hit well at all. Kozma is batting .236 and doesn't have any power to speak of.
Cabrera is a two-time All-Star who has shown some pop in recent years (he had 25 home runs in 2011). But the Cardinals have seen improvement from Daniel Descalso and perhaps he may get a shot at the everyday shortstop job.
It would be a nice pickup for the Cardinals to have another bat in the lineup, but my guess is they will stand pat with what they already have in Kozma and Descalso.