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You may not realize it if you're not paying attention to St. Louis Cardinals baseball, but the team has never really gotten over Rafael Furcal's injury. They have not been able to find a long-term replacement at shortstop that lives up to the team's high expectations. For that reason, the Cardinals may be on the hunt for a shortstop like Erick Aybar before today's deadline.
According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, the Cardinals have asked the Los Angeles Angels about Aybar. In fact, the Cardinals have been asking all around the league about who might be available at short. That means they will either force a deal or wait for the right one, but it's clear the Cardinals want to do something with that position soon.
More from Knobler about the talks for Aybar:
The Angels are willing to move, and the Cardinals would seem to have enough talented young pitching available to make a deal work. But the Cardinals have shown a reluctance to trade those pitchers, and the Angels don't have a ready replacement at short if they were to deal Aybar.
St. Louis fell to 1.5 games back of the Pirates with their loss last night. This could make them even more motivated to get a deal done. St. Louis was one of the two NL Wild Card teams last year. They want to avoid that this season by winning the division. To do so, they may need to upgrade a couple positions to help knock off the surprisingly good Pittsburgh Pirates.
Aybar is hitting .280/.309/.384. In his eight-year career, Aybar is a .278/.319/386 hitter. On top of the offense he provides, Aybar is a solid defensive shortstop. He would certainly be an upgrade over Pete Kozma who was thrust into the team's starting job after Furcal went down this spring.
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