Mozeliak talks trades
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak addressed reporters on the field at Busch Stadium on Tuesday prior to his team’s game against the Astros. He declined to give any kind of percentage guess as to his club’s chances of getting a deal done by Sunday afternoon, but he did offer a few insights into where the Redbirds stand five days before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.
The Cards have made it clear all along that pitching is their priority, without specifying what sort of pitching. Mozeliak said Tuesday that things may be narrowing a bit in that regard.
“We’re still exploring both [starters and relievers],” he said. “But when it comes down to it, I think the reliever market’s got more opportunities.”
He also acknowledged that left-handed relief is one specific area where St. Louis could upgrade, but warned reporters not to “overweight” that need.
As for money, the Cardinals certainly aren’t looking to take on extra payroll, but they’re in a position where they could. It’s something of a sliding scale, where the better the prospects a team gives up, the less money it may have to take on. But if it comes to it, and the Cardinals need to add to their payroll, they could.
“There’s a spectrum of things that are occurring, and that’s some of the equation,” Mozeliak said.
That could, conceivably, even include adding to the 2012 payroll, though that’s much more complicated than 2011, given the uncertainty surrounding Albert Pujols and Chris Carpenter among others.
The Cardinals also have five starters (Jaime Garcia, Kyle Lohse, Jake Westbrook, Kyle McClellan and Adam Wainwright) under team control or under contract for 2012, plus the potential to bring back Carpenter. Still, Mozeliak said that doesn’t necessarily preclude them adding a starting pitcher who is under contract for ’12 — but reason dictates that it’s hard to envision that happening.