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Cardinals have interest in shortstop Erick Aybar

Jul 30, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

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CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler shares this scoop:

After talking to the White Sox about Alexei Ramirez and checking in with the Phillies on Jimmy Rollins, the Cardinals have now been in touch with the Angels about Erick Aybar, according to sources.

Anaheim surely wants young pitching prospects in return and that’s something the Cardinals possess.

Aybar, 29, is batting .280/.309/.384 with four home runs, five stolen bases and 37 RBI in 82 games this season for the 48-56 Halos. Pete Kozma, 25, is hitting .241/.286/.304 in 96 games for the 62-41 Cards.

Aybar is making a $8.5 million salary this year and owed a total of $25.5 million from 2014 to 2016.

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UPDATE, 8:41 p.m. ET: Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM says the Angels want one of the Cardinals’ top two pitching prospects — Carlos Martinez or Michael Wacha — along with Kozma in return for Aybar. The Cardinals are “reluctant” to do the trade at that lofty price, according to Bowden’s source.

UPDATE, 8:56 p.m. ET: Bowden reports that the Cardinals have made it clear to the Angels that they will not trade Martinez or Wacha for Aybar. The asking price will have to come down for this one to work.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Somewhat off topic. Every time I read or hear his name, I think of Admiral Ackbar. IT’S A TARP!

  2. okwhitefalcon - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    They’re not gonna get Wacha or Martinez with all that jack left on Aybar’s contract.

    All bets are off if the Angels ponied up a significant portion of the $ though which I can’t see happening…

    • gibbyfan - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      $$$ are of little consequence to those LA teams…..I could see the angels adding some serious cash —-but I still dont like the trade

  3. bronco58lb - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Kevin Siegrist wouldn’t be a bad arm to settle for.

    • okwhitefalcon - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      I think the Cards will hold onto every one of their high end prospects unless it’s a blockbuster – aka: Lee.

      Go big or not go at all with not go at all being most likely.

  4. skeleteeth - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    A wookie for Wacha?! Get fuuuuuucked.

  5. jcmeyer10 - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    We need moar Star Wars references.

  6. dwaibel38 - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Please please please let this be true… So overrated

  7. denny65 - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    The Cardinals need a SS? Hey, Seattle’s Brendan Ryan is available, and I bet he can be a Cardinal (again) for a cheap price.

    And I mean r-e-a-l cheap.

  8. cohnjusack - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM says the Angels want one of the Cardinals’ top two pitching prospects — Carlos Martinez or Michael Wacha — along with Kozma in return for Aybar.

    I’m assuming this request resulted in fits of laughter, followed by Mozaliak saying “No…seriously guys, what do you want in return for Aybar?”

  9. jkaflagg - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Angels should insist on one of the pitchers or no deal….if they crumble and accept second tier prospects, they’ll simply reinforce the perception of a weak, poorly -run organization….put the pressure on the Cardinals, who can’t believe that the miracle of Kozma’s playoff hitting from last year will happen again…..

  10. bigx21 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    If the Halos get a hand on Kozma and Wacha, great deal. Then we could get rid of all the high paid overrated pitchers we have!!

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