(BaseballSTL) -- The cost of obtaining Tampa Bay pitcher David Price may be too steep for the Cardinals. It also appears the Rays, after winning seven straight games, are back in the pennant chase and have likely changed their minds about dealing their best pitcher. Where does that leave the Cardinals? According to general manager John Mozeliak, the club is still interested in adding another starting pitcher to the roster.
Mozeliak appeared on the video blog “The GM’s Office” with former Reds GM Jim Bowden, and said the Cardinals remain in the market for pitching help. “Looking at the next two months,” Mozeliak said. “If we could find a way to sort of bridge that gap between now and the time we may get Michael Wacha back, I think we want to try to do that.”
Some of the names rumored to be on the trading block include Jake Peavy of the Red Sox, Ian Kennedy of the Padres, and Tommy Milone of the A’s. None of those guys compare favorably to David Price. But Price is only under contract through the 2015 season and Mozeliak likely wouldn’t trade two or three of his best prospects for a season and a half with Price. “We’re certainly not in this for the short term,” said Mozeliak. “I think one of the good things about the St. Louis Cardinals is the ability to have sustained success, and we want to continue that.”
The Cardinals currently rank 29th in the major leagues in runs scored. Their struggling offense, not a lack of starting pitching depth, appears to be the club’s biggest need at the moment. Finding a solution for that probably won’t be easy. Mozeliak told Bowden that the Cardinals will be monitoring the market for catching help should they be able to find an upgrade over Tony Cruz. “One thing we’ve always said is we’d like to see what Tony Cruz is capable of doing on a day in and day out basis,” said Mozeliak. “But having said that, we also want to give ourselves the best chance to win.”