Few if any would’ve envisioned the St. Louis Cardinals to be hovering around .500 a month-and-a-half into the regular season. The Cardinals are the reigning National League champions, the team many picked to run away with the Central Division.
Yes, the season is young, but the Cardinals’ unexpected slump to begin 2014 is reason enough to believe general manager John Mozeliak could make a few moves at the trade deadline.
Sitting at 21-20, and five games behind the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers, the Cardinals’ mediocre game is cause for concern, especially for Mozeliak, whose patience is growing thin.
“Having a belief in it is far different than actually getting it done,” Mozeliak told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It’s still early in the season where we can’t hit the panic button, but you’ve got to see the trend line changing.”
Even though Mozeliak insists he hasn’t hit the panic button just yet, it isn’t too far-fetched to believe he is looking at other alternatives outside of the organization to spark his club.
Here are three potential deals Mozeliak should propose at the trade deadline.