St. Louis Cardinals Trade Rumors: Last-Minute Buzz Ahead of the Deadline

Kelsey Shea WeinrichContributor IJuly 30, 2013

St. Louis Cardinals Trade Rumors: Last-Minute Buzz Ahead of the Deadline

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    The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 31—less than 48 hours away. While the trade market has been kind of thin this year, that doesn't mean that something groundbreaking can't happen.

    Despite their recent struggles, the St. Louis Cardinals still have the best record in baseball and are looking to coast into the playoffs.

    But can they do so with the players they already have? 

    General Manager John Mozeliak seems to think so. 

    "We're probably not likely going to do much right now," he recently told Jenifer Langosh of MLB.com.

    The Cardinals have a wealth of prospects, but it seems unlikely that any of their players will be traded if the right "missing piece" isn't available. So we may not see a deal at all from the Cards this year.

    That being said, some names have been tossed around as we enter the final days before the deadline. Read on to find out who might be wearing the birds on the bat before all is said and done.

     

     *All statistics via baseball-reference.com and are current as of July 30, 2013.

     

Jake Peavy

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    Buster Olney of ESPN.com tweeted on Sunday, July 28, that the Cardinals were one of the front-runners to acquire Jake Peavy behind the Oakland Athletics

    However, fast forward to a couple hours later and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com tweeted that the White Sox's disinterest in eating any of Peavy's contract, combined with his recent health issues, are concerns for the Cards and other teams connected to trade talks involving the pitcher.  

    The best starter left on the market, Peavy is prepared "both physically and mentally for a trade" according to Bruce Levine of ESPN.com. But it remains to be seen as to whether that will be to St. Louis. 

    Peavy has a 4.28 ERA and an 8-4 record in 13 games this season.

     

Alexei Ramirez

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    The Cardinals are in hot pursuit of White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN Radio on Sunday, with the names of Carlos Martinez, Joe Kelly and Kolten Wong have been tossed around in return.

    The White Sox had turned down a deal involving Ramirez and top prospect Martinez, as Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune reported on July 24. However, that was refuted shortly afterwards by CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman in a tweet.

    At this point, a deal involving Ramirez would take some key Cardinals off of Mozeliak's hands. 

    He's hitting .282 this season with 26 RBI.

     

Relievers

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    The Cardinals were among several teams taking a look at former Giants closer Brian Wilson, as CBSSport.com's Danny Knobler reported on July 25. 

    A free agent, Wilson has been sidelined since the beginning of 2012 following Tommy John surgery.

    Although the Cards are looking for bullpen help, as ESPN.com's Jayson Stark tweeted on Sunday, they have also received calls about their lefty releivers. That group includes Randy Choate, Marc Rzepczynski and Kevin Siegrist. 

    Choate has a 2.78 ERA in 39 appearances while Rzepczynski was sent down to the minors after a rough start to 2013, but was recently called back up. He has a 7.00 ERA in 10 major league appearances this season.

    Siegrist, a rookie, maintains an impressive 0.63 ERA in 16 appearances.

     

    *UPDATE: Brian Wilson reportedly signed with the Dodgers on the afternoon of July 30.*