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Jocketty Aiming High

According to a source close to the Cardinals, Walt Jocketty is shooting for the stars if he is to trade prospects for a starting pitcher.  Word is that the Cards will either acquire a front-line pitcher - Dontrelle Willis or John Smoltz - or none at all.  The team does not have interest in the second-tier names floating around.

Beyond Willis and Smoltz, could any other top-flight starters be had?  Purely my own speculation, but St. Louis could also consider attempting to deal for Jason Schmidt, Barry Zito, Gil Meche, or Brett Myers.  Problem is, the first three guys are on teams that are very much in contention.  The Phils are 6.5 games out of the wild card, but may try to rid themselves of Myers regardless.  Myers doesn't fit with the Cards' classy image, but then again neither did Sidney Ponson.   

Although Jocketty is not going to trade decent prospects for the Cory Lidles of the world, Jeff Weaver still could be worth a flier.  Viva El Birdos points out that Weaver would cost just $115,000 for the balance of the season now that he's been designated for assignment. 

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I think the A's would gladly deal Barry Zito to the Cardinals, but it would most definently require Anthony Reyes and Adam Wainwright, but if Jocketty is shooting high, he should expect this and be ready to deal.

Another thing: Gil Meche is NOT a Front Line Starter. He is, as most Mariner fans know, a man who has a million dollar arm and a 10 cent head. He can either be awesome, or absolutly horrid. The question is which you will get on any given day.

The Cardinals could easily be outbid for Dontrelle Willis, they don't have the sexy high-tier prospects, and if names like Wainwright and Reyes are the chief part of it, there are at least 10 other teams in baseball that should be ashamed of themselves for not topping that.

Dental I agree. Plus I want to see willis back with the cubs :P

"Plus I want to see willis back with the cubs"

where he will develop arm problems and being to underachieve on a alarming basis.

Darin why do you say that? It isnt the cubs fault that wood is a pussy and prior takes line drives off his elbow or runs over marcus giles.

"Darin why do you say that? It isnt the cubs fault that wood is a pussy and prior takes line drives off his elbow or runs over marcus giles."


Have you been watching any of these games? Baker has absolutly abused these guys over the years.

hahahah, the Cubs suck. Everyone in their organization except for Zambrano, DLee, Eyre, Howry, and sometimes Aramis are terrible!! It would be the end of Dontrelle's career to go to Chicago

On a more serious note, I don't see how it makes sense to go after dontrelle/Smoltz/any of the people listed. This is the final contract year for all of them adn the way the Cards are playing right now, even with them they wouldnt win the World Series. Giving up 2 of our best prospects for 4 months of service is just dumb. Might as well wait for free agency, keep the prospects, and open up the wallet.

"....the Cubs suck. Everyone in their organization except for Zambrano, DLee, Eyre, Howry, and sometimes Aramis are terrible...."

All of those guys except Zambrano were brought up by other teams. The only position player presently on the roster that was brought through the Cubs system is Matt Murton. Who's not a bad player, but if that's the best the Cubs can produce......

"Darin why do you say that? It isnt the cubs fault that wood is a pussy and prior takes line drives off his elbow or runs over marcus giles."

I'll tell you why I said that. The Cubs have used 6 different rookie pitchers, starting a total of 30 games this season. This season Scott Williamson, Mark Prior, Kerry Wood, and Glendon Rusch have all been on the DL. Its more than just Wood and Prior. Plus tell me Dempster's not underachieving, with his 5.00+ ERA and 5 or so blown saves. Or that Latroy Hawkins, Antonio Alfonseca, Scott Williamson and Kyle Farnsworth, Rich Hill, Mark Prior didn't/haven't underachieved. I'd throw Gred Maddux under that bus, but he's 40 so I can't say I expected one more 15 win season from him.

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