Posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:45 PM
Monday, Jul 21 at 4:56 PM
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Of all the things I’ve heard said about Cardinals GM John Mozeliak by rival executives, disciplined is probably the most apt description. He won’t be pressured into something. It doesn’t matter if – from a PR perspective – he gets roasted by the hometown fans because they wanted to see something big come down the pipe.
If a big deal is there to be had, he’s not scared to pull the trigger on it. If all that’s available is a modest upgrade like Edward Mujica in 2012, he’ll settle for what he can get. If nothing at all makes sense, Mozeliak is completely unafraid to stand pat.
That’s what happened last year.
Ever since Major League Baseball went to two wild cards a couple seasons ago it’s made this whole July 31st trade deadline thing much more complicated. Because more teams are, by definition, getting into the postseason then more teams tend to think they’re contenders for October.
If fewer clubs are sellers as of July 31st, supply is down. If more clubs are buys as of July 31st, demand is up. That can only mean one thing.
Prices are on the rise.
It’s more important now than maybe ever before to be disciplined and not make a dumb move just to make a move. Getting pressured by a fan base to do something that may score a few PR points is not necessarily the wisest of moves this time of year.
A potential superstar could be traded away under that logic. An opportunity could be squandered with that thinking.
Mozeliak is unquestionably doing all the research necessary to find any way possible to upgrade the Cardinals. He’s searching high (big time addition like David Price) and low (mid-level addition like Mujica was a couple years ago) for possibilities.
If something materializes, great. He’ll pull it off and the Cards will be better for it.
But if nothing comes up, Mozeliak will be content to stand pat. And the Cards will be better for it.