Jul 5, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig (21) hits a two run home run off of Miami Marlins starting pitcher Andrew Heaney (not pictured) during the fourth inning at Busch Stadium. Image Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Could St. Louis Cardinals trade Allen Craig for Jake Peavy?

The latest trade rumor sees the St. Louis Cardinals sending Allen Craig to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitcher Jake Peavy.

Here is what we know for sure: the Cardinals scouted Peavy’s recent start and they had interest in him in the past, most recently when he was with the Chicago White Sox. As we reported yesterday, Peavy is in the final year of his current contract but holds a player option for the 2015 season.

I can understand moving Craig and this is something that has been discussed frequently. In order to give Oscar Taveras regular playing time, either Craig or Matt Adams have to be moved. With the way Adams has been swinging the bat of late, he’s not going anywhere at all.

I know Craig is having a down year but he’s not the super-human that we saw last season with runners in scoring position. All of his numbers are not only down but way down compared to the past two seasons. He has a team-friendly contract so it’s probable that the Cardinals will seek more than just Peavy in return. Peavy might not pick up his player option and would essentially be a rent-a-player.

Here is what Ken Rosenthal reported today:

The teams spoke about a month ago but not specifically about Peavy. At the time, the Red Sox expressed interest in the Cardinals’ young outfielders, according to a source.

The Cardinals obviously would not trade six years of control over Randal Grichuk or Stephen Piscotty for a potential free agent such as Peavy. But perhaps the teams could expand the deal or swap other players. For example, as bad as Allen Craig has looked for the Cardinals, his right-handed bat might interest the Red Sox in a larger trade.

I don’t think they move Grichuk or Piscotty but I highly expect Craig won’t be a Cardinal by the end of July. The Cardinals aren’t willing to part with top prospects in the pitching or outfield departments.

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  • Alex Rodman

    Yes they should.

  • Scott Phipps

    No, Craig is a solid proven vet you can build around. Peavy is barely an upgrade if any.

  • Sean Kelly

    as a Red Sox fan, I wouldn’t wish Jake Peavy on you guys. you can do much better. Hopefully Joe Kelly’s impending return will help you out some.

  • primary focus

    they should ask for mookie betts and trade craig for him…peavy is on downside career

  • Alex Rodman

    We need starting pitching depth a and Peavy is a proven national league starter. Craig isn’t the same after his ankle injury.

  • john weitzman

    This is exactly why I hate this time of year and all the rumors that go with it ! I would be very surprised if Craig was traded during the season just due to his poor year,. I would assume MO will play out the year before he moves Craig to see where he and Taveras are at !

    • Greg Spaulding

      He may wait till the end of the year as you said but whether its this season or in the offseason Craig is going to be moved to open up right field for Taveras. Yes Taveras has struggled but the tools are all there, so with him and Matt Adams potential, Craig is the odd man out going forward. I doubt if this trade was made it would be just an even swap with Craig and Peavy. Or we may have had a scout there just to get ready for the series coming up with Boston. Your right this time of year is ridiculous. We scout Peavy’s game and we may not even be looking at him.

      • john weitzman

        Its really hard to say at this point what they will do with Craig even off season. Yes he is the odd man out though only due too his poor performance this year. If he rebounds than Adam is the odd man and its too hard to speculate what will happen . clearly tjey need a bat and pen help to get threw this year. If the starters can’t go 7 other than Waino a starter will be needed. Anyone other than Peavy. Though even Jackson was not that good in the AL when we got him but he turned it around in the NL that last 2 months. We will see this weekend or so

        • Greg Spaulding

          Adams is not going to be the odd man out even if Craig is hitting well. Why fans keep thinking he’s going and Craig is staying I don’t understand. Adams is a true first baseman, four years younger, and under team control I think through 2017. He gives us the power output we need and can carry this offense at times. He proved that last year and is proving it again this season.. This is not a .250 hitting home run hitter. Craig even when right is a great hitter but he’s similar to Holliday and Molina. Good hitters but are never going to put up 30 and 100 in a season. Adams is the one guy in our lineup that can do that. He’d be on pace to do it this season if the shift hadn’t messed with his mind before going on the dl.

  • Helloboy

    You are delusional if you think you are getting much for Craig. His value is very very down right now. You would probably need to give up Craig + to get Peavey, not the other way around