(BaseballStL) -- The trade deadline can be a good indicator of what Cardinals management really thinks about their top prospects.
Normally, acquiring a veteran player like Jake Peavy or Cliff Lee requires a team to part with one or more of their best young players.
The Cardinals have been rumored to be interested in both of those pitchers, and are one of the few teams in baseball with enough prospects to make a deal happen. They have as much young pitching depth as any team in the major leagues.
When players like Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez come up through the system Cardinals management usually gushes about how great these players are. The reviews of their work in the minors, and their potential as major leaguers, is almost always extremely positive.
Sometimes the hype is legitimate, sometimes it's just that...hype.
However, it makes sense to talk up your prospects. It gives the players confidence, motivates other players on the team, creates optimism among the fan base, and reminds the other clubs about the stellar talent you have in your system. Talent they just might want to pursue in a trade.
It seems likely the Cardinals won't make a major deal at the deadline, and that's an indication of how much they truly value their current crop of prospects.
Wacha and Martinez aren't just players management is hyping, they feel they're legitimate stars of the future.
Bill DeWitt Jr. and John Mozeliak are confident that those two, and also Tyler Lyons, Joe Kelly, Kevin Siegrist and Trevor Rosenthal are young pitchers worth keeping. Even if it means Jake Peavy and Cliff Lee could help them in the short term.