JUPITER, Fla. - Kyle McClellan heard the trade rumors last month. And he knows they probably will continue.
"I'm sure it's still going to go on all spring," the right-hander admits. "If you have seven guys for five spots and everybody is healthy, there's still going to be talk. That's just the way it goes."
Faced with a numbers crunch that currently appears to have two extra right-handed relievers than they do spots in the bullpen, the Cardinals reportedly talked with clubs in recent weeks about trading McClellan to alleviate the issue.
McClellan would be the most likely to go in a trade for a number of reasons. He's is slated to make 2.5 million this season, more than any of the other eight relievers currently competing for what will likely be seven spots in the bullpen.
He's also the most versatile, proving last year that he can be both an effective big league starter and late-inning reliever, depending on where a team would have the biggest need.
And McClellan understands th...