Cardinals GM John Mozeliak does not want to make a reactionary move to counter the recent CC Sabathia and Rich Harden trades. He’s suggested that the returns of Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright would match those deals.
Manager Tony La Russa doesn’t agree, and he suggested publicly that Mozeliak needs to improve the club. The needs: a bat to protect Albert Pujols, a lefty reliever, and starting pitching (apparently in that order). Mozeliak responded to La Russa’s comments, saying that he doesn’t want to make a move that could hurt the team two to four years in the future.
As always, Viva El Birdos does a fine job dissecting the possibilities. Larry Borowsky suggests several names he’d like to see: Milton Bradley, Ryan Spilborghs, Rich Aurilia, Randy Wolf, and A.J. Burnett. Aurilia, Wolf, and Burnett are the most likely to be traded, in my opinion. On the lefty reliever front, the Cards are one of nine teams linked to Brian Fuentes.