ST. LOUIS -- So the Cardinals didn't make a significant trade before the deadline for the first time since 2008.
I say good for them.
As sharp as Cliff Lee would look wearing the Birds on the Bat, the Cardinals never were close to a deal, according to a Phillies source.
If the Cardinals weren't going to mortgage a big chunk of their future on Lee, no other available pitchers -- or players, for that matter -- came even close to being worth the price of a Carlos Martinez andor whoever else they might have sought. Not Jake Peavy, not Matt Garza, and certainly not Bud Norris.
Based on a lack of activity and what the front-office folks are saying, the non-waiver trade season sounded like shopping at a store where even the stuff that's not all that appealing is overpriced.
Given the developments of the past 24 hours, the Cardinals could have overreacted and made a deal for the sake of shaking things up. Not surprisingly, they didn't. They didn't lose sight of their future.