In case you missed it, there was a lot of buzz surrounding the Cardinals and Jake Peavy yesterday, with Gordon Edes, Peter Gammons and Jayson Stark all reporting the Cards interest in the Red Sox pitcher. Jon Morosi even indicated that the Cards and Red Sox were in active trade talks regarding Peavy.
However, Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch put the brakes on that talk with a report that the Cardinals are "looking for offense not Peavy", saying there is no match with Boston given that Joe Kelly is expected to return to the starting rotation on Friday.
Goold also tweeted that Cards GM John Mozeliak believes that the team would have to give up one of its starters to acquire a top starter, resulting in a net loss in years of control.
This is yet another example of why trading season is so much fun. You never know who is telling the truth (or even what the truth is) and what is just info that is being "leaked" to try to leverage ongoing negotiations.
In any case, I wouldn't be surprised if the Cardinals land both a starting pitcher and a hitter. Their pitching depth has taken a big hit lately and its no secret that their offense could use some help. Bringing is a "cheap" pitcher (in terms of prospects) like Peavy would allow the Cards to use their bigger trade chips to land a bat.
With a little over 3 weeks remaining until the (non-waiver) trade deadline, we do know this: Mo is definitely looking to do something significant to shake up this team.