With trade rumors swirling, the St. Louis Cardinals take a look at what’s lacking, which at this point seems to be quite a bit: homers, runs, base runners, healthy pitchers- just to name a few. This week I’ll take a look at why looking at pitchers could be a good idea for the Cardinals rotation woes.
As of right now, four of the Redbirds pitchers, all of which used to be in the starting rotation, have been placed on the disabled list since June 26th. Shelby Miller suffered back soreness and was labeled day-to-day on the 26th, making a start on the 29th and allowing six runs over five innings. Joe Kelly remained on the 60-day DL June 27th, due to a sore hamstring from April, blaming his early departure from his rehab start on mechanics. Michael Wacha, as of Sunday was placed on the 15-day DL due to an injury in his right shoulder. Jaime Garcia was also placed on a 15-day DL after re-aggravating his throwing shoulder.
With a injured rotation and a lack of hitting throughout the lineup, pitchers have become the talk in the trade rumor mill. Tampa Bay Rays LHP David Price has been brought up in conversation. But with the amount of money that would come with Price, this lefty looks too far out of reach for the Cards. So what are the options going forward?
San Diego Padres’ Ian Kennedy seems to be a more cost effective option for a pitcher. His contract will come to a close at the end of the 2015 season, and seeing as the Padres aren’t making any strides in the NL West, the Cardinals could take advantage of this righty.
Bartolo Colon has also been in the talks. This would be a double-edged pick up for the Cardinals. Colon has seen some upswing in his recent starts, but age is the biggest factor. At 41 years of age, the life expectancy of a pitcher drops drastically. This, in my opinion would be a bad pick up, and the Cards need a younger pitcher with the same amount of talent.
So far the pitching prospects leading into the trade deadline do not look good for St. Louis. They would need to give up solid prospects in order to make a deal happen. Having a few solid starters in Memphis is a great look into the future, but with injuries lagging on, the Cards need to pick someone up for the now.