Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/31/13
With little room and no role for lefty Marc Rzepczynski in the majors the Cardinals traded him to the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday the eve of the non-waiver trade deadline for a minor-league infielder. The market will have to shift before today’s 3 p.m. deadline for the Cardinals to make a more impactful move. “The market is pretty well-defined – it’s slow to see things actually happen” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said. “There are opportunities to see players traded by (the deadline). I don’t feel very optimistic that we’ll be one of those active clubs. There is still time on the clock and things could change.” In addition to offering Rzepczynski around something the Cardinals had done earlier in this season Mozeliak and his front office have been eyeing the market for starting pitchers this month. Any talks with the Chicago White Sox about starter Jake Peavy seemed to have cooled by Tuesday if not earlier in the process because of the asking price. Philadelphia Phillies lefty Cliff Lee does not have the Cardinals included in his no-trade list though the Phillies want a prospects-rich return for the former Cy Young Award winner who has two years and more than $60 million guaranteed remaining on his contract. Cardinals prospect Carlos Martinez has been coveted by teams that have been in contact with the Cardinals. CBSSports.com reported that the Cardinals had approached the Angels about shortstop Erick Aybar. The Cardinals have maintained a toe in the market for a shortstop seeking out details on availability and potential cost. The 29-year-old infielder is owed more than $25 million over the next three seasons. The Cardinals had no intention of offering a top prospect without receiving a significant upgrade in return at either shortstop or starting pitcher. Mozeliak declined to discuss any specific players. He agreed that the team’s list of players had shortened saying “it’s a fairly narrow search at this point.” That was part of why he had “little optimism.” Mozeliak has said in recent days that the Cardinals would aim high or stay put and that they were willing to part with the “right pieces” if a substantial addition was possible.
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