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Monday, July 23rd, 2018



One of the best pitchers in baseball is right there for the taking. The Padres are shopping Jake Peavy. Kind of hard to believe, isn’t it?

But San Diego was one loss short of 100 this year, and seemingly will head to the rebuild mode. What comes in return for Peavy ought to get them rolling in the right direction.

Cubs and White Sox fans need not get excited. The cupboards are rather bare and it’s doubtful either side of town has what it takes to get Peavy here.

Who should get excited? Well, if I was a Redbirds fan I would hope that John Mozeliak has the phone working. Seeing as the Cardinals may not have Chris Carpenter next season, Peavy would be perfect to anchor their staff and the Cards have players in their system that have market value. Carpenter has pitched just 21 innings in the last 2 years.

The Cardinals could also use upgrades at 2B, SS and RF. But Peavy is the key. I don’t think the Cards staff of Wellemeyer, Wainwright, Looper, Lohse and Pineiro is bad, but I doubt it can win the division.

[tags]San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals, Jake Peavy, Chris Carpenter[/tags]

  • dhaab

    Looper is a free agent and won’t be re-signed. Carp will probably be fine, so there probably isn’t a big enough need for them to give up the farm for Peavy. They’d most likely be forced to trade Rasmus in any move for Peavy and I don’t want that to happen.

    Not sure why you think the Cards need an upgrade in right. Ludwick was pretty damn good this year and they have a glut of good OF’s right now. I think they’ll probably end up trading for a SS or 2nd baseman and a reliever or two. I’m hoping for someone like Brian Fuentes.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    I was assuming Barton was the default starter there.

    Counting on Carpenter at this point would be like Cubs fans counting on Wood or Prior.

    Fuentes is death to lefties and his road numbers away from Colorado were insane. Why don’t you guys sign Wood and we’ll take fuentes! Mm, kay?

  • dhaab

    Barton?? He probably won’t even make the team next year. It sounds like the Cards want him to play a full season in Memphis to get more AB’s and experience. Why in the world did you think he was going to start next year?

    BTW, Carp has been through this kind of injury before. He had the exact same thing happen to him 4 years ago and with rest, it responded and he pitched a few seasons pain free with it. I’m not saying he’s a lock to be okay, but I think he’s at least going to be good for 25 starts next season. And while I’m on the subject, many Cardinals fans didn’t really expect anything from Carp last season. I was kind of glad that he didn’t continue his comeback and was ultimately shut down. Gives his arm more time to heal completely.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Well as of right now who are their 3 outfielders? Skippy, Ludwick and ??

    I just assumed it was Barton.

    I think I’ll have a contest next spring: Guess the number of starts for Rich Harden and Chris Carpenter!

  • dhaab

    Ever heard of Rick Ankiel? They still have Duncan as well.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Ahhhhh. Forgot about Ankiel.

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