The St. Louis Cardinals are asking about available
shortstops and pitchers, according to Peter Gammons of MLB Network. Gammons
notes that the Cards are specifically interested in Houston Astros starting
pitchers Lucas Harrell and Bud Norris.
Cards are asking about a SS as well as P. Interested in Lucas Harrell and Bud Norris of Astros
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) March 16, 2013
The Cardinals interest in a shortstop isn’t surprising. It
was recently announced that Rafael Furcal would require season-ending Tommy John
surgery. At this point, St. Louis is set to enter the season with the
inexperienced Pete Kozma at its regular at the position, with uninspiring
reserve options behind him, including Ronny Cedeno and Daniel Descalso.
While the Cards were expected to browse the shortstop market
as the regular season approached, they hadn’t been tied to starting pitching
for some time. It was announced that veteran Chris Carpenter would likely miss
the season due to injury earlier in the offseason, but St. Louis appeared
prepared to enter the year with one of its young arms, Shelby Miller or Joe Kelly,
occupying the No. 5 spot in its rotation.
However, the Cardinals may want a more experienced option to
pair with their projected starting four of Adam Wainwright, Jaime Garcia, Lance
Lynn and Jake Westbrook. Harrell and Norris have both spent parts of four
seasons in the majors, while they each started at least 29 games for the Astros
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