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Cardinals join the hunt for O’s starter Jeremy Guthrie

Jul 24, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

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According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Cardinals have expressed interest in acquiring Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, joining a hunt that was started last week by the Tigers.

Guthrie, 32, has posted an underwhelming 4.35 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 130 1/3 innings this season. But he had a 3.83 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over 200 frames last year and the Cardinals may be thinking that his numbers will improve with a move from the American League East to the National League Central. He would also be shifting from hitter-friendly Camden Yards to pitcher-friendly Busch Stadium.

The Cards are hoping to pick up a reliable starting pitcher at this year’s July 31 trade deadline so that Kyle McClellan can be moved back to his more familiar setup role. Guthrie isn’t the most exciting option, but it’s probably not going to take a top-level prospect to pluck him from the grasp of the 40-57 Orioles.

St. Louis is highly unlikely to include pitching prospects Carlos Martinez, Shelby Miller or Tyrell Jenkins in a trade package this summer. All three made Keith Law’s midseason Top 50 prospect rankings.

  1. spudchukar - Jul 24, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    We have outfielders to burn, so perhaps one will suffice for Guthrie, who is arbitration eligible next year, but may still be expendable with Wainwright returning.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 24, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    I find it interesting that most of the trade rumors invole players who are having a poor year. Why anyone would think that an underperformer would help their team is a big mystery.

    • spudchukar - Jul 24, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      Dave Duncan Magic.

      • paperlions - Jul 24, 2011 at 5:57 PM

        Which is either fictitious or extremely hit-or-miss. If the Duncan Magic worked even 1/2 the time, the Cardinals wouldn’t be rumored to be looking at Guthrie and Jackson.

      • okwhitefalcon - Jul 24, 2011 at 6:28 PM

        Very hit or miss indeed.

        For once I’d like to them get a guy who’s not in need of any Duncan Magic, unfortunately the cost for anyone of this ilk would be more than the Cards are willing to pay..

      • spudchukar - Jul 24, 2011 at 7:13 PM

        Duncan has done more with less than any pitching coach I know of.

      • paperlions - Jul 24, 2011 at 7:53 PM

        True. Indeed, I think Duncan has had more (a lot more) to do with LaRussa’s “success” as an over-manager than anything LaRussa has done….but if his magic had worked on the guys they’ve brought in the last few years, they wouldn’t be shopping for back of the rotation filler.

  3. stinkfist5 - Jul 24, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    The O’s would love Shelby Miller. But isn’t McPhail’s moto, “Grow the arms and buy the bats?”

  4. stinkfist5 - Jul 24, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    The O’s would love Shelby Miller. But isn’t McPhail’s motto, “Grow the arms and buy the bats?”

    • paperlions - Jul 24, 2011 at 5:58 PM

      The Orioles do not have any asset, none, that would be the center piece for a deal for Miller. There are 30 teams that would love Miller, and he is staying with the one that already has him.

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