Sunday, July 28, 2013

Cardinals continue pursuit of Jake Peavy and Alexei Ramirez. Carlos Martinez, Joe Kelly and/or Kolten Wong may be involved.

According to ESPN's Jim Bowden, the Cardinals are continuing to pursue White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy and shortstop Alexei Ramirez.  Bowden hears that Carlos Martinez, Joe Kelly and Kolten Wong's names being mentioned as potential trade bait.

Meanwhile, Buster Oleny of ESPN says his read on the current leaders to acquire Jake Peavy are Oakland, St. Louis, Boston and Baltimore, in that order.

In addition, Jason Stark of ESPN indicates that the White Sox have not shown any interest in eating any of the nearly $24 million left on Peavy's contract.  That and Peavy's health are the biggest issues the above teams have about acquiring Peavy.

Frankly, if the Cardinals are going to trade Martinez, Kelly and/or Wong for a pitcher, I would think they could do better than Peavy. 

I made the case for acquiring lefty Cliff Lee yesterday and, short of him, I do not really see any of the pitchers currently on the market as being significant enough upgrades to warrant giving up top prospects, such as Martinez or Wong, for them.

With three days to go before the trade deadline, things are certainly heating up.


  1. If Cardinals trade Wong and he turns out to be half the player in the Majors as he is in AAA, I will not root for the Cards the rest of the Mozeliak era as GM!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I can understand where you're coming from, but what if he trades Wong and Martinez for Cliff Lee and the Cardinals go to three straight World Series.

  3. Did we forget the masterful job trading he did in 2011 that resulted in a championship? Get real!

  4. Cannot imagine giving up Kelly at this point while he is throwing 97 on the black. Wonder if they'd take Westbrook instead. Of course not.I'm with Mark. Cliff Lee is the deal. Otherwise you are just wasting your time.