Cardinals Intensify Third Base Search

The Cardinals have intensified their search for help at third base, reports Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-DispatchFelipe Lopez has struggled of late; he's been David Freese's main replacement at the hot corner.  Allen Craig made his first start at the position yesterday, but manager Tony La Russa isn't keen on the idea of using Craig there.  One outside name on the Cardinals' radar is Brandon Inge.  Strauss says they retain interest in the Tigers' third baseman, who returned from a fractured hand on August 4th and should be placed on waivers this week.

Inge is fairly pricey, with $1.76MM of his $6.6MM salary remaining.  All American League teams plus any National League club with a worse winning percentage than the Cardinals will have first crack at him.  The Cards have a .560 winning percentage, so the Phillies, Braves, Reds, Giants, and Padres are behind them in the waiver order currently.

Other veteran infielders who might be candidates for August trades include Pedro Feliz, Geoff Blum, Melvin Mora, Wes Helms, Chone Figgins, Nick Punto, Brendan Harris, Wilson Betemit, Ty Wigginton, and Edwin Encarnacion.  Encarnacion has already cleared waivers.  Adam Kennedy is another potentially available name, but don't look for the Cardinals to bring him back.

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