ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- The trade deadline has come and gone and the Cardinals didn’t do much.
They didn’t really need to do much. They still have the best roster in the National League, and sport a ridiculously good run differential of plus 99. Somehow, they remain seven games out of first place.
All the Cardinals need is to get more clutch hits with runners in scoring position. They don’t need to tinker much with the roster. A few more timely would cure all of their problems.
Edward Mujica gives the Cardinals another veteran arm in the bullpen. He’s been a decent reliever, not great, not awful. Middle of the road kind of guy. He’s been able to retire righthanded hitters. Righties are hitting just .211 against him this year. So he does bring that to the table. The Cards sent Trevor Rosenthal back to the minors to make room on the roster for Mujica. Rosenthal has that 100 mile an hour fastball. He gave up a game winning homerun to Anthony Rizzo in Chicago on Sunday, but had been impressive in his other outings. I’m not sure Mujica is an upgrade over Rosenthal. If anything, I think I’d rather see Rosenthal out there bringing heat. Rosenthal, though, projects as a starter in the future and the Cardinals want him to go to Memphis and take a few starts down there. Who knows, the Cardinals may need him to make an occasional spot start in the majors before this season is over. But is Mujica an upgrade for the Cardinals bullpen right now as they hit the dog days of the pennant race? Probably not.
The Cardinals traded Zach Cox to get Mujica. Cox is a former first round draft pick. He’s always been able to hit, but really doesn’t have a position. There was no chance that he’d beat out David Freese for the third base job anytime soon, and Cox doesn’t appear to have the athletic ability to be able to handle second base. He didn’t figure into the near term future, so he was deemed expendable.