Seth Blair Rumors
The Cardinals formally announced the signing of supplementary first rounder Seth Blair, according to MLB.com's Matthew Leach (via Twitter). The Cards selected the 21-year-old right-hander 46th overall in last month's draft. Three years ago, the A's selected Blair in the 47th round, but he attended Arizona State instead.
The Cardinals signed Blair for $751,500, according to Baseball America's Jim Callis. That matches MLB's slot recommendation.
The Cardinals lead the Reds by a game, but they are looking to make moves between now and Saturday’s trade deadline. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch spoke to Cardinals GM John Mozeliak and turned up these rumors:
- Mozeliak says the Cards don’t want a “short-term band-aid” for the infield.
- The Cards still have interest in adding a “depth starting pitcher,” Mozeliak said. Jake Westbrook, Livan Hernandez and Dave Bush fit that description.
- The possibility that Kyle Lohse might return to the rotation won’t affect the Cards’ approach at the deadline.
- The Cardinals are close to a deal with supplemental rounder Seth Blair and expect to sign the pitcher soon.
- Intra-divisional deals aren’t impossible, but do seem “trickier” in Mozeliak’s estimation.