As the trade deadline approaches, do you think the Cardinals will make a move? And what do you think would be more beneficial: getting a starter or a reliever, and why?
It’s always hard to know this time of year what will happen at the trade deadline, because so many reports are just not accurate. I think if the right deal comes along, the Cardinals could make something happen, but I don’t think GM John Mozeliak will be so willing to give up coveted young talent as others are reporting.
The Cardinals have a very successful formula, which we will never see, for evaluating and projecting players. So, because of this, I think they are a more difficult organization when it comes to trying to make trade deadline predictions. That being said, I’m confident the starting pitching can get the Cardinals to the postseason (it might be close, but I think they can maintain until the end of the year), but I’d worry about their ability to hold up through the playoffs. So, obviously, a solid starting pitcher would be nice.
And there’s always the question of what Mozeliak has decided to do about the Cardinals' questions regarding shortstop at the beginning of the season. Is he satisfied or still looking? I do know the Cardinals identify players of interest to them (which is what happened with Matt Holliday long before they made a deal for him) and they keep watch on how things develop.
This is just a guess, but a good example might be a guy like the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki. I’ve talked to Tulowitzki about his approach to baseball, and it really matched many of the things the Cardinals value. I would bet at some point in time—however unavailable Tulowitzki is—he was on a list in Mozeliak’s office.