Cardinals may not feel pressure to pull a big trade

Cardinals may not feel pressure to pull a big trade

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ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 3: Starter Joe Kelly #58 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Colorado Rockies at Busch Stadium on July 3, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by Brian Feldman, BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 11:50 PM

(BaseballStL) -- We're getting closer and closer to the July 31st trade deadline that represents the mid-season corrections clubs can make before heading into the home stretch of the regular season.

Some teams will be aggressive, some will be active and some will not do much of anything.

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In John Mozeliak's tenure as GM he's done a little bit of everything. He traded a whole boat load of prospects in 2009 (Brett Wallace, Clayton Mortensen, Shane Peterson, Chris Perez, Jess Todd) to acquire immediate help in Matt Holliday and Mark DeRosa.

A year later in 2010 he didn't do much because, well, there wasn't a great deal to be had. Trading Ryan Ludwick in a 3-team deal to get Jake Westbrook didn't create much impact.

This season, I wonder if winning the World Series last October will play any role in the decisions the Cards make. It's not as if this franchise is under immense pressure to win this season. Most of St. Louis is still on Cloud 9 from that title...so missing the playoffs in 2012, while disappointing, wouldn't be the most awful thing in the world.

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On the opposite side of things, take the Pittsburgh Pirates. Those guys haven't had a winning season in 19 years. They owe it to the city, the fans and everyone in between to go for it by making the big deal that gives them the optimal chance of success this season.

The Cards aren't in that boat. They can justify holding onto their top prospects (i.e. Shelby Miller, Carlos Martinez, Oscar Taveras) and simply acquiring a mid level pitcher. Cards fans, rational ones anyway, wouldn't have an outcry for not getting more impactful help.

That doesn't suggest Mozeliak and company won't make some calls and see what the Brewers want for Zack Greinke or the Phillies want for Cole Hamels. As Mozeliak says, they will do their due diligence.

But when push comes to shove...when the clock approaches July 31st...when teams have to make a final decision on whether or not to pull the trigger on a trade...the Cards will feel much less pressure to make the big deal compared to, say, the Pirates.

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