Last week the news leaked that the Cardinals were one of 9 teams that can acquire Cliff Lee without his permission. Lee apparently left the Cards off the list because he was intrigued with the idea of playing for them, due to their winning culture and proximity to his Arkansas home, and because he probably figured the Cards wouldn't want to trade for him.
But, not so fast, says Derrick Goold:
"It is never wasteful to trade for a boost to the bullpen. A
sure-thing reliever is a valuable commodity at the trade deadline. The
Cardinals, however, may find the answer for the bullpen by seeking a
starter. The Cardinals will look at the available starting pitcher
market with the idea that if there is an upgrade to what they have -- an
innings horse, for example, with great results -- then they should look
into acquiring that player.
"Cliff Lee is going to be the starter
that generates a lot of attention/hype/rumors and that's partially
because the Cardinals are not on his no-tr...