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Idle Speculation

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 9:34 AM
Filed Under: Baseball | Cardinal Nation | St. Louis Cardinals
Finding blogging topics at this time of year is pretty darn hard.  You almost were spared an entry today, until I followed a link at St. Louis Sports Magazine to this article.  The relevant quotes:

Axelrod made one concrete stipulation to any trade scenarios: “Jake would only approve a trade to a team with a solid chance of winning and a winning tradition. Those teams in the National League may be in locations that are more acceptable, or would be.”

He said “the ability or opportunity to win is very important to Jake, and hopefully some sort of coincidence with his and his family's lifestyle.”

Among the cities Axelrod mentioned were Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and St. Louis.

OK, I added the bold.  But, seriously, if he's looking for a winning tradition, how in the world are the Cubs on the list?  Two years does not a tradition make.  But I digress.

What would you give up for Jake Peavy?  I would guess most of Cardinal Nation would think this is a deal that Colby Rasmus could go in.  Truthfully, I can't imagine a way it would happen without Rasmus.  I'd be pretty tempted to do it, though.  Peavy's a dominant pitcher in the prime of his career with few injury issues.  To add him to a rotation with Wainwright and Lohse would do wonders for the Cardinals' chances.

I'd honestly be very surprised if Peavy is moved in the offseason, though I'm sure we'll hear lots about it.  I would think Mozeliak's been on the phone with San Diego, so maybe he can smooth over the ramifications of the last San Diego/St. Louis trade.

EDIT: MLBTR notes Buster Olney has mentioned this as well.

The Cardinals may also be in the mix, according to Buster Olney.  Olney says that one team, "perhaps the Cardinals," is discussing the idea of adding Khalil Greene to a Peavy deal.
I'm not a huge Greene fan, but it does make sense that the Cardinals would be asking about him.  A .213 average last year?  10 home runs is nice, but I think I'd rather have Izturis with that kinda clip.  However, his 2007 season (.254, 27 HR) would be pretty nice.  If he can hit .250 with power, he'd be a huge step up.  Be nice if he learned to take a walk, though, and struck out a little less, but nobody's perfect.


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Maybe the Greene thing is more of a "if you want Peavy, then you have to take Greene too" deal. This way they get to get rid of him and he gets to keep some dignity.

If the Cardinals take on the entire salary of Greene, that might lessen what it takes for Peavy. Don't know if they'd want to absorb all of that, though.

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