Here are 5 possible trade candidates the St. Louis Cardinals should go after for the stretch run of the season. These 5 players will be based on need.
UPDATED: July 23, 2010
Austin Kearns OF for the Cleveland Indians. Kearns would be an addition to Tony LaRussa's bench. Kearns would provide some power and he gets on base often with a .355 OBP. This season he is hitting .267 with 8 home runs and 41 RBI's. Kearns would be cheap making only $750K (free agent after 2010).
Jeremy Guthrie SP of the Baltimore Orioles. The former first-rounder has a 4.77 ERA in 111.1 innings in Baltimore and is 3-10 with 63 strikeouts. Guthrie has struggled in recent years but would be a cheap addition $3MM (free agent after 2012). With injuries to Kyle Lohse and Brad Penny this would be a trade that would depend on there returns.
DJ Carrasco RP for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cardinals bullpen is one of the tops in the National League but has struggled more recently and the another good arm in that bullpen would not be a bad thing. Carrasco has a record of 1-2 with an ERA of 3.93 and 44 strikeouts in 52.2 innings. Carrasco has value as a cheap option who can go more than one inning at a time. He has 7.1 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 midway through another solid season.
Stephen Drew SS of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Stephen Drew would be a major upgrade for the Cardinals at SS over Brendan Ryan. Drew is batting .266, 4HR's, 29RBI's and 43 runs. Drew is making $3.4MM (free agent after 2012). Drew plays solid defense at short (+3.2 UZR this year).
Roy Oswalt is a SP for Cardinals division rivals the Houston Astros. Oswalt is 6-11 this season for a bad Houston team. He has an ERA of 3.12 and has 117 strike outs. Oswalt won't come cheap, as the Astros still appear to be asking for salary relief and prospects. Oswalt is making $15MM this season and $16MM in 2011, $2MM buyout or $16MM option in 2012. Oswalts first pick would be the Cardinals so hopefully the Cardinals can get him which would put the Cards on top of the NL.