Although the Milwaukee Brewers have controlled the National League Central for much of the 2014 MLB season to this point, the St. Louis Cardinals are still within striking distance. With the 2014 MLB trade deadline quickly approaching, ownership could do what it does best and make an impact move this month to help the team's postseason chances.
As good as the team's offseason moves looked at the time, they haven't paid off—yet. Peter Bourjos, Jhonny Peralta and Mark Ellis have all been disappointing at the plate. Ellis' struggles combined with Kolten Wong's rough start has created a glaring hole at second base. Bourjos' slow start has allowed Jon Jay to get more playing time in center field. So far, Jay has taken advantage of the opportunity.
Health has been an issue on the mound. The team has been forced to find a way to stay in contention without Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia. The rotation has still been as good as advertised, even with some injuries, so it's the bullpen that could be addressed at the deadline.
The Cardinals are still in solid position to make the postseason. They do have some holes on their roster, which could end up costing them if they aren't active at the deadline. The team's ownership always seems to pull the trigger on good deals, though, so don't be surprised if the club enhances its postseason chances with a slick move at the deadline.
Make sure to keep checking back here to see what rumors the Cardinals are involved in or what deals the team makes as the MLB trade deadline approaches.