3 Moves the St. Louis Cardinals Should Have Made at the Deadline
Besides dumping Marc Rzepczynski, a move which everyone expected with the rise of Kevin Siegrist, the Cardinals stood pat.
In the past two seasons, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak made a move which paid dividends down the stretch and led to deep postseason runs.
With the Cardinals mired in a miserable losing streak when the deadline arrived, it came as a surprise to some Cardinal fans that a move wasn't made.
I am still a firm believer that Mozeliak is one of the smartest GM's in baseball. If he didn't deem a move necessary, he should be given the benefit of the doubt.
That said, here are three moves I thought the Cardinals could have made.
Should Have Acquired Jake Peavy
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I know, I know, why would the Cardinals want Jake Peavy?
He's overpaid, old and injury-prone. But I'm a gambling kind of guy when it comes to taking a flyer on a pitcher who has proven he can be dominant at the big league level. Peavy did win the Cy Young in 2007 and despite his injuries, did make the All-Star team last season as a replacement.
But frankly, the reason I liked the idea of grabbing Peavy is he could replace Jake Westbrook in the rotation. Westbrook is just this side of awful. The guy stinks and throws just slightly above batting practice speeds.
I don't know that there would have been a market to get rid of Westbrook had the Cardinals acquired Peavy, but I'm sure Mozeliak could have figured out a way.
With the addition of Peavy, the Cardinals rotation would have become more dominant and ready for a postseason run. We know Lance Lynn performed very poorly in the playoffs in 2012, and a rotation of Wainwright, Miller and Peavy would have been a tough go for opponents.
But the Cardinals didn't pull the trigger and time will tell if was the right call or not.
Should Have Traded Kolten Wong
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Those who have been reading my articles know that I have been beating the drum of trading Kolten Wong.
I still think his value is at its peak for a guy who has never set foot on a major league field. But Mozeliak kept his prized second base prospect, so it'll be interesting to see where Wong plays next season.
Wong is batting .296 at Triple-A Memphis and has batted .299 for his minor league career. He is above average in the field and has been described as major league ready.
The Cardinals could have certainly parlayed Wong into a fix at shortstop or perhaps a strong starter, but obviously there are bigger plans for Wong with Cardinals. I am excited now to see what they are.
Could Have Obtained Seasoned Catcher to Back Up Molina
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That said, Tony Cruz is an average backup and Rob Johnson is a journeyman catcher who can't hit. It would have been nice if the Cardinals could have brought in Carlos Ruiz.
The guy has boatloads of postseason experience and has proven he can handle a pitching staff as well as the bat. A Ruiz transaction would provide a solid backup for Molina when he returns from the DL. Ruiz is a free agent at the end of the season.
He would have been an excellent short-term rental and would have solidified the catcher position for 2013 as the Cardinals make their move toward the postseason.
I am not sure what the asking price for Ruiz was, but I was hopeful that Mozeliak would have taken a look instead of recalling Johnson and sticking with Cruz.