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Trade Reaction: Morris to the Pirates

Guest blogger J.P. Maxwell emailed me today with his take on the Pirates trading for starting pitcher Matt Morris.

I watched an interview with Cards GM Walt Jocketty before Tuesday night’s game with the Pirates.  My intention was to find out why the Cards didn’t do more at the deadline and I was also curious about why the Cards didn’t get in on Matt Morris.  I understand why the Cards let him walk way a couple of years ago, but I thought the Cards could have sent a mid-level prospect to the Giants plus had the Giants “eat” about half of Morris salary to make the deal work.  I know Morris hasn’t been great in about the last month and a half, but I think Morris returning to the Cardinals would have been a boost that he needed to return to his old form.  Well as it turns out, Jocketty said the Cardinals were in on Morris till the last minute and were actually the front runners till the Pirates jumped in and offered to pay the remainder of Morris’ contract.  I don’t know what the specifics of the deal would have been for Morris to return, but now all we can do is wonder.

Cardinal and Pirates fans out there, what do you think?

Cardinals Pull Another Starter Off Scrap Heap

The St. Louis Cardinals are desperate for starting pitching, and it shows. ESPN.com is reporting that they "acquired right-hander Joel Pineiro, optioned to the minors last week by the Boston Red Sox, and cash for a minor league player to be named." Pineiro certainly isn’t going to fill the void left by injured ace Chris Carpenter but I guess when you have Kip Wells and Anthony Reyes combining for 23 of the Cardinals 53 losses, you can’t be too picky. Who knows, maybe this will turn into another Dave Duncan reclamation success story.

Stay tuned, only 2 and a half hours left until the deadline.

Rumor: Cardinal Relievers Trade Targets

As I mentioned before, just going to be throwing up quick updates over the next 29 hours and counting. Despite their 3-1 weekend against first place Milwaukee, it looks like the St. Louis Cardinals will be sellers. Several teams have scouted the defending champs’ pen and both the Rockies and Indians appear to be interested in Troy Percival. Several other teams would be interested in Jason Isringhausen but he "has told the Cardinals he isn’t going anywhere."

Rumor: Buerhle Staying Put?

Update: There are rumors running around that Buerhle has resigned with the White Sox for 4 years at $50 million. To me that seems way too low to be true and so far it’s only 3rd hand information. I’ll work under the assumption that he’s not resigned until I find a more reliable source.

I’ve been writing the Rumor Mill for quite a while now and reading rumors for even longer but I can’t remember any situation ever being as crazy as the Mark Buerhle saga. He’s been on the trading block for weeks, several teams have been rumored to be front runners, the Red Sox jumped to the lead, then claimed Chicago had planted the rumors, Buehrle’s affinity for the Cardinals was rumored to be a sticking point with several teams (they were basically assured of getting a rental), and now it appears that Buerhle might not be going anywhere?!?

The Chicago Sun Times today reported that the White Sox and Buerhle have apparently had a change of heart and hope to get an extension done by the end of the week.

"The Boston Red Sox, who had jumped out as the clear favorite to acquire White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle during the weekend, have pulled out of the sweepstakes, according to one source. And not because the asking price of top minor-league prospects was too high or because they no longer coveted Buehrle’s services, but because Buehrle is no longer on the trading block for the time being."

The article goes on to say

The Sun-Times has learned that a change of heart in both the Buehrle and White Sox camps during the last 48 hours has led to talks about the sides somehow getting together and agreeing on a contract extension by the end of the week.

Now, call me a skeptic but I’ve always had a hard time believing stories that relied heavily on unnamed sources. **** I could sit here and tell you that a "source" from the Cardinals organization told me that they are bringing Big Mac out of retirement and trading for Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson. Of course that would be complete BS but hey, it’s from a source right?

I don’t see any reason Buerhle would sign with any team before testing the free agent market. With the kind of money that was thrown around last year, the offer would have be pretty compelling. Being a Cardinals fan I would like to think that the lefty still wants to play for his home town team and would do so at a considerable discount, however, when you’re talking about that kind of money, I think all bets are off.

There’s sure to be more news and twists in this suddenly entertaining soap opera, and I’ll try to keep you updated as best I can.

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