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Cards are ripe for a blockbuster deal

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07:32 AM ET 11.13 | Cardinals GM John Mozeliak just may be ready to make a deal. If [Mozeliak] wants to make a so-called blockbuster deal for a shortstop this winter, he's in the best position of any general manager in baseball. The Cardinals' pitching surplus makes it easily doable. Easy, that is, in terms of having the pieces to pull off such a trade. What isn't so easy: deciding who to give up. That's the hard part. ... The Cardinals have an abundance of pitching -- starters and relievers, and relievers who could easily convert into starters. This is the best commodity a team can have when it goes to the market to make a deal. ... The Cardinals have twice as many starters as rotation slots. And that bodes well for the future. It also gives Mozeliak enviable flexibility as he ponders moves to be made this winter.

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November 13, 2013  08:05 AM ET

Hey Mozzy, Middlebrooks would be an AWESOME SS...ship some of those pitchers up to Boston!

November 13, 2013  08:13 AM ET

.....my sources tell me its molina for andrus...so that the brothers can continue to share an apartment...

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November 13, 2013  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

.....my sources tell me its molina for andrus...so that the brothers can continue to share an apartment...

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

November 13, 2013  08:51 AM ET

Yeah, those boys really need to watch their money.

November 13, 2013  08:59 AM ET

I look for a deal with Texas.

November 13, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I look for a deal with Texas.

Me too.

November 13, 2013  10:04 AM ET

If the Cards want to win another World Series they have to be wary of strengthening potential opponents (like the Red Sox and Rangers).

November 13, 2013  10:21 AM ET

I wouldn't be surprised to see someone like shelby miller, or Trevor rosenthal go to Colorado for tulowitzki. I wouldn't do it, based on his injury history, but they have good relations with Colorado already. Not sure any of the SS avail in trade or FA are even viable options, based on all of their injury histories. Andrus is the only one, but he doesn't really fit the mold of the cardinals. He's too immature. Yadi ain't goin anywhere.

November 13, 2013  12:32 PM ET

rosenthal or miller? haha you mean both and someone else to get tulo. Yes he is an injury risk but he is the best hitting SS in baseball. Not to mention he is still young and signed a decently team friendly contract. The rockies GM loves tulo so to get him the cards will have to make an offer he can't so no too.

November 13, 2013  12:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

rosenthal or miller? haha you mean both and someone else to get tulo. Yes he is an injury risk but he is the best hitting SS in baseball. Not to mention he is still young and signed a decently team friendly contract. The rockies GM loves tulo so to get him the cards will have to make an offer he can't so no too.

And that is why I don't think a deal will get done. The Cards will part with one young arm and maybe Adams and someone else, but Mozeliak won't part with two of his young phenom arms.

November 13, 2013  01:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Nah. Molina is a champion. The Rangers like players who choke in the World Series.

This from a Cleveland fan.

November 13, 2013  01:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

And that is why I don't think a deal will get done. The Cards will part with one young arm and maybe Adams and someone else, but Mozeliak won't part with two of his young phenom arms.

It's going to take two arms to get a top notch SS. And the Cards have them.... It won't be Wacha, and it won't be Rosenthal.... But Miller, Mott, and another position player to a team that needs arms is a possibility.

November 13, 2013  02:27 PM ET

At first I thought that Larry Fitzgerald was getting traded.

November 13, 2013  02:31 PM ET

Starlin Castro. Cubbies have a plethora of infielders on the left side in the minors.

November 13, 2013  04:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Starlin Castro. Cubbies have a plethora of infielders on the left side in the minors.

I think Mozeliak prefers a shortstop that pays attention on the field.

November 13, 2013  04:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

It's going to take two arms to get a top notch SS. And the Cards have them.... It won't be Wacha, and it won't be Rosenthal.... But Miller, Mott, and another position player to a team that needs arms is a possibility.

Two arms is fine. I was trying to say (and not say it very well), that they will not give up two of the group of Miller, Wacha, Martinez and Rosenthal. One of those guys and maybe another pitcher and/or and Adams type deal would likely be in play.

November 13, 2013  04:11 PM ET

Headline: "Cards poised to make blockbuster trade."

Article: "Cards could potentially make a blockbuster trade, given their pieces and situation."

Hello false advertising.

November 13, 2013  04:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

This from a Cleveland fan.

<looks at Cleveland's payroll and looks at Rangers payroll, then looks to see where both teams finished>

Your point?

 
November 13, 2013  06:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I think Mozeliak prefers a shortstop that pays attention on the field.

He pays attention - just not to the game.

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