Wow, talk about a time to get back to writing! After my long absence from expressing my thoughts and opinions in Cardinal Nation, I couldn't have returned at a better time.
The Cardinals' front office has been about as busy as you can get here lately. Every day it's something new. Whether it's trading away players or letting rumors of possible moves heat up, I'm sure there hasn't been a moment of rest for everyone involved.
The recent trades, and the rumored ones to come, are fresh on the minds of all Cards' fans, including yours truly. Let's take at look at what has been going on in the Cardinals Trade World lately.
Chris Duncan for Julio Lugo
After being bashed by Cardinal fans for a while now, Chris Duncan was shipped to Boston for Red Sox shortstop Julio Lugo.
Duncan has clearly been struggling at the plate, and (much to the displeasure of Tony LaRussa) fans let him know. LaRussa publicly stated that fans have been "unfair" to Chris in the midst of his 1-for-31 slump. So, the trade probably worked out for the best in the cases of Duncan and Cardinals fans...but enough about the player traded away.
Julio Lugo was brought to the club to improve middle infield depth, according to John Mozeliak. It's also clear that he will see time at other positions, with Tony LaRussa as a manager and Lugo's past history of playing almost every position there is.
Lugo may spend the majority of his time facing a lefty on the mound. He comes to the club as one of the best options against southpaws, as most of the Cardinals do not hit them well.
Possible: Wallace for Holliday
The Cardinals and A's have confirmed they are in talks over swapping Brett Wallace and Matt Holliday.
Still needing more protection for Albert Pujols, the Cards' have discussed sending away prized prospect Brett Wallace in return for A's outfielder Matt Holliday.
So far, Holliday hasn't had the greatest of seasons but has picked up the pace since May 5th, improving his average to .310. He could tremendously help the Cardinals lineup and, if he hits like he can, give opposing teams a sort of "pick your own poison" dillema with Pujols batting third and Holliday right behind him.
In order for all of this to happen, the Cardinals would likely have to send away Brett Wallace, the pride of the farm system.
I guess whichever side of the fence you stand on about this deal depends on if you believe on taking a gamble to win now, or keeping your prospects for the future.
If this trade doesn't work out, the Cardinals could possibly pick up Josh Willingham for less.
Possible: Roy Halladay
The most talked about of possible deals would send All-Star Roy Halladay to boost the Cards' rotation.
The players St. Louis would have to give up turns most Cardinal fans off this deal. Most aren't too happy about having to give up the foundation of the future for a 33-year old free agent-to-be.
Lately reports have knocked the Cardinals steadily down the ladder of teams in the hunt.