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.