The Cardinals' trade deadline shopping list probably includes a starting pitcher and a middle infielder, but GM John Mozeliak indicated that he would also like to add some personality to the team's clubhouse according to Joe Strauss of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
"When you think about our clubhouse personality, you think 'businesslike.' I would use the word 'professional.' I think we could use a true ice-breaker at times," said Mozeliak. "I think sometimes a level of tension develops. You play 162 games with the same group of guys from February to hopefully late October, sometimes you have to be able to take a step back."
Mozeliak made it clear that he was not talking about a team's clubhouse chemistry in a negative way, he just wants to see a more energetic vibe. He mentioned Mark DeRosa, who was limited on the field after being acquired at the trade deadline last season but remained valuable to the team through his intangibles.
Manager Tony LaRussa acknowledged the positive effect that adding some more personality could have, but he emphasized that the priority should be on-field production. He went deeper into the memory bank than Mozeliak, saying that Will Clark was the perfect kind of on the field production, off the field intangibles pick up. St Louis acquired Clark at the 2000 trade deadline.
The Cardinals recently added some bullpen help on minor league deals in the form of Renyel Pinto and Mike MacDougal, and the team also dipped their toe into the Cliff Lee pool. They are also known to covet former Cardinal Dan Haren. It's hard enough to find someone that will be productive when his name is penciled into the lineup, let alone when he's in the clubhouse.