After already discussing possible solutions to the Cardinals shortstop hole as well as sharing an article detailing some of the trade assets the Cards have to acquire Asdrubal Cabrera; there is now reports saying that the Cards interest in Asdrubal Cabrera is real. Joe Strauss in a chat today with readers addressed a question surrounding the Cards shortstop situation and had this to say…”

I do believe the Cardinals’ interest in Asdrubal Cabrera real. With such a flimsy free agent market for shortstops, a number of teams are intrigued by Cabrera if the Indians are indeed willing to shop him.

To compete for Cabrera, the Cardinals would have to part with multiple prospects. One of the names you mentioned (ed note. the question Strauss responded to floated these players out as possible trade candidates…Lance Lynn, Matt Adams, Joe Kelly, Trevor Rosenthal, and Shelby Miller) would certainly be introduced into talks by the Tribe. The Cardinals’ willingness to part with a current or future member of their starting rotation would then be tested.

This much is known: the club will not expose itself at shortstop to the same degree as it did this year. Whether or not Rafael Furcal requires surgery, he will not be viewed as a 145-game player in 2013. The team requires at least depth at the position. With Furcal’s contract set to expire after next season, GM John Mozeliak can’t ignore landing a potential long-term answer via trade.

Should that not pan out, a short-term fix becomes more palatable. My information is that Mozeliak does not envision Pete Kozma as a starting option. He projects as a utility middle infielder.”

It will be interesting to see how this situation will resolve itself and Cardsblog will have all the news and analysis as the offseason progresses.