NL Central Notes: HOF, Garza, Cards, Brewers

Barry Larkin and the late Ron Santo were inducted today into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the Class of 2012. The ceremony in Cooperstown was marked by the moving acceptance speech given by Santo's widow, Vicki, and the singing of the National Anthem by Larkin's daughter, Cymber. Larkin spent his entire career with his hometown Reds while Santo spent his entire 15-year career in Chicago, 14 of those with the Cubs. In other news concerning teams from the NL Central:

  • The Cubs' Matt Garza told reporters, including the Chicago Tribune's Paul Sullivan, that he feels better after being forced from Saturday's game with triceps cramping. "I don't think it's a bone contusion or a bruise or anything," Garza said. "I think it's just a cramp that's stiff, just a stiff muscle. I have better movement today than I did yesterday, so that's positive. I can move it today, so that's a huge plus." Several teams have Garza on their radar as the trade deadline approaches.
  • Cardinals GM John Mozeliak told reporters, including Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that there is no urgency to add a starting pitcher with the increased production from the rotation and the encouraging health of Jaime Garcia. "It clearly takes a little pressure off as far as feeling like we have to do something," said Mozeliak. "We feel very confident that (Garcia) is going to be back by mid-August. If you were to go after another starter, who are you really bouncing out? That's why the urgency isn't quite there for rotation help as it was three or four weeks ago."
  • After being swept by the first-place Reds this weekend, the Brewers may be inclined to become sellers at the trade deadline, opines Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (via Twitter). Zack Greinke is the Brewers' most discussed trade candidate. 
  • The Brewers have reached an agreement with 16-year-old Venezuelan right-hander Yosmer Leal for $370K, according to's Jesse Sanchez. The bonus would be one of the largest ever given by the Brewers to a Latin American player. Leal still must pass a physical and a MLB age investigation. The investigation is standard procedure for all Latin American signees.

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7 Comments on "NL Central Notes: HOF, Garza, Cards, Brewers"

3 years 1 month ago

Thought we were going to go a whole day without a Cubs notification, think again!

3 years 1 month ago

I am think Mozeliak is blowing smoke and the Cards are looking for a starter. I was under the impression that labrum issues in shoulders like Garcia’s are a little harder to fix than 4-6 weeks off from throwing. He’d better be worried about picking up 1-2 good relievers as well.

3 years 1 month ago

With Joe Kelly’s emergence a starter is not necessary. The Cardinals have unbelievable starting pitching the last 3-4 weeks, and there is no reason to think that will stop. Our bullpen has also gotten better in the second half, though I agree we need a piece or 2. Broxton would be great if we don’t have to trade within our top 7 prospects.

Marte/Boggs/Broxton/Motte would be a killer 6/7/8/9.

3 years 1 month ago

I agree. Honestly, the rotation has been fine. Kelley has done a pretty darn good job in the 5th spot, in my opinion.
If ya ask me, add someone in the BP and maybe a veteran presence off the bench. Matt Adams should/could bring back a good player (if Alan Craig is going to be the 1st baseman in the near future). Brox would be nice. How ’bout Adams, Greene and pick(s) to Oakland for Balfour & Weeks?

3 years 1 month ago

IMO I wouldn’t trade Matt Adams for a reliever. This kid is gonna mash when he comes up for good. Plus, I see him being the 1st base of the future with Craig in right and Taveras in Center. I know reports say he’s better suited to be a RF but I think OT could be serviceable in center.

I like the idea of Grant Balfur though trading Matt Adams for him would be a big overpay IMO.

3 years 1 month ago

There’s no need to deal for Weeks because Wong should be up in the majors next year. Balfour though id be all for trading for. A 7th-8th-9th of Balfour, Boggs and Motte would be legit

3 years 1 month ago

Congrats, Barry.