Late Monday night, the Chicago Cubs traded outfielder Reed Johnson and LHP Paul Maholm to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for two minor league pitching prospects.
Well, it’s deadline day and it does not seem as if the Cards are going to make a trade. Having said that, it looks like they will be getting back Jaime Garcia in just a couple weeks which will certainly give them a boost, and they have an easy schedule coming up over the next couple months in which they face the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs another 15 times.
There seems to be a notion around baseball that you HAVE to make a deal at the deadline in order to be able to make a playoff run. The reality, though, is that there’s no need to make a move if the market isn’t right. Particularly with the addition of the second wild card, there are now more teams in the wild card race and thus fewer teams willing to sell. If the Cards were going to go for anyone, it would have been a reliever, but the market just was not that strong for them. The biggest name out there was Huston Street who resigned with the San Diego Padres just last week. Other than that, there was not much to look at.
If the Cardinals are not heading to the playoffs in a couple months, we’ll undoubtedly look back and say that we really should have added someone to our bullpen. But at the rate that guys like Mitchell Boggs, who has not allowed a run in over a month, and Barret Browning have been pitching, I just don’t see the need, particularly if it means giving up prized prospects such as Shelby Miller or Oscar Taveras.
Should the Cards make a move before the deadline tonight? Let us know in the comments.