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Cardinals could trade Lance Lynn or Shelby Miller this offseason for a new shortstop

Nov 3, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

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Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch speculates on a possible offseason trade:

With Carlos Martinez meriting a look-see as a starter — and [Trevor] Rosenthal wanting the same — it’s increasingly likely that general manager John Mozeliak shops Lance Lynn or Shelby Miller to simultaneously create an opening while addressing a core need at shortstop.

Pete Kozma served as the Cardinals’ primary shortstop in 2013 and posted a hideous .217/.275/.273 batting line in 143 games. Daniel Descalso also saw time at short this year in St. Louis, but he’s only marginally better on offense than Kozma and a significant downgrade defensively. The Cards have another internal option in 25-year-old former fifth-round pick Ryan Jackson, who spent the year at Triple-A Memphis, but the major league projections for him aren’t great.

With an abundance of legitimate MLB starters — think Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Joe Kelly, Miller, Lynn, Martinez and Rosenthal — and a ton of money coming off the books between Carlos Beltran, Jake Westbrook, Rafael Furcal and Chris Carpenter, the Cardinals are set up well to make a splash.

Lynn, 26, has a 3.82 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 9.1 K/9 in 412 1/3 major league innings. He will be arbitration-eligible for the first time next offseason. Miller, 23, owns a 2.94 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 8.9 K/9 through his first 187 major league innings. He won’t reach salary arbitration until 2016. They’re both excellent trade chips.

  1. hokie016 - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Both Tulo and Cabrera have been on Mo’s radar for a few years now. I haven’t thought of the Profar idea. But the Rangers have used Profar at second. I don’t see this happening.
    Tulo seems to be the most logical place. Everyone is tradeable for the right price. Tulo only has a few years on his contract and would be worth unloading. Lynn and a prospect, maybe Jackson or even Adams.
    Miller would be a major disappoint if traded. Guys he was not pitched in the playoffs due to his innings pitched during the season. Mo or Matheny didn’t want to take the risk of throwing the guys arm out in his rookie season. Joe Kelly and Wacha didn’t have the innings count Shelby did and were effective down the road.
    It’s been stated that Matheny wanted Wacha in the rotation at the start of the season after his spring training performance . But Mo and everyone else in upper management didn’t want to have to shut him down in case they made the playoffs. Two rook’s with rubber arms doesn’t sound too appealing.

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