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The St. Louis Cardinals still have a surplus of strong arms. Sending a couple of cannons as part of a package and receiving another ace would make the Cards starting rotation legendary.
With the addition of another stellar starter the Cards would be able to put away teams like the Pirates and the Dodgers without going deep into series, and overcome the star power of teams like the Red Sox.
Both Price and Scherzer are proven aces that can stifle even the strongest offenses. While David Price has become infamous on Twitter for not knowing who Danica Patrick is, Max Scherzer will always be a wanted man in The Lou. Max grew up in Chesterfield (30 minutes west of Saint Louis), went to Mizzou, and he was the 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner.
In order to be the best, a team needs the best players at that moment. Extra arms in AAA or an over bolstered bullpen are unnecessary in a title run.
Now is the time to trade Lynn, Kelly, Lyons and or Gast because they are all coming off positive seasons in 2013. However, Lynn can still be seen as cancerous because of his emotions and lack of teamwork. Kelly did more than impress by being outstanding in the second half of the season and in the playoffs. Plus both Lyons and Gast had solid stints in St. Louis and their ceiling is potentially pretty high.
One more experienced howitzer would allow the Birds to easily teach Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez, Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal, and Kevin Siegrist some of the finer skills that a pitcher needs to dominate MLB. Leading by example will be vital as Derek Lilliquist, Yadier Molina and Mike Matheny mold the youthful arms into All-Stars and perhaps Hall of Famers.
Opposing offenses are already overwhelmed, but when STL’s young pitchers mature and start fooling batters with 80 mph change-ups it will be entertainingly unfair.
The additional big balling starter would complete a team that already competed until the last week of October this year. Continuing the sense of urgency after falling just short would match St. Louis’ non-traditional off season that is currently making waves across MLB.
October 4, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; (Editor