I woke up this morning to talk on Twitter that Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle could be an option for the St. Louis Cardinals pitching as the July 31st trading deadline gets closer.
The talk of such a trade came out of 670 The Score in Chicago during the The Mully and Hanley Show hosted by Brian Hanley and someone else that was sitting in for Mike Mulligan. Just as with many Cardinals fans during trade speculation, they were unable to name any names that would be moved.
Talk of Buehrle to the Cardinals is never a surprise since he is a hometown kid. Every time that he is a free agent, there is always talk that he could sign with the Cardinals. During the 2011 playoff run, he was spotted at Busch Stadium wearing a Cardinals hat.
I would not be surprised if he wants out of Toronto. His pet dog, a pit bull, is banned in Canada and as such, he’s not able to be with his family this season.
Maybe it is because this year is so different but even I can’t think of anyone in particular that I would trade. With Jaime Garcia out and Chris Carpenter possibly coming back soon, the Cardinals have turned to their minor leagues for spot starts or to take the 5th spot in the rotation. Minor leaguers have been called up all summer to take a spot in the bullpen.
It’s not like the Cardinals management has not made any moves this season. Mitchell Boggs has already been traded to the Colorado Rockies. Utilityman Ty Wigginton has already been released. Maikel Cleto was designated for assignment and later claimed by the Kansas City Royals off of waivers. Of course, as a result of these moves, they did not get any players back in return–which is helpful, given the amount of prospects that they have.
So why have Phillips’s feelings changed? What about him has softened when it comes to the Cards? “The guy that was doing all the crap isn’t there anymore—and I mean the manager,” Phillips says, unable to leave any ambiguity about his feelings for the now-retired Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. “But you gotta respect them. The Cardinals are one of those organizations that are always winners.”
I expect that the booing will continue to happen when Phillips is at bat.