The St. Louis Cardinals are looking to acquire big name talent at the deadline, but reports say they would also like to acquire pitching depth.
The St. Louis Cardinals are looking to improve there roster by any means necessary for the stretch run, and that includes making a move to improve the depth of their pitching staff.
While the Cardinals are indeed talking to clubs about frontline starters, they are also interested in adding some lower tiered arms, to improve their depth as a whole. According to Derrick Goold, this means adding to depth on the edges of the roster, such as dealing Edmundo Sosa for such.
Before freaking out and worrying that the Cardinals will only make moves on the levels of J.A. Happ and Jon Lester this deadline, this report is a sign that the Cardinals would like to add one of these type of arms on top of a move for a bigger arm. This should be an encouraging report for Redbird Nation.
As much as St. Louis needs a top tier starter, they also desperately need innings. Even if they acquire one of the best names on the market, that still only leaves them with Adam Wainwright, Miles Mikolas, and Andre Pallante as their other healthy options, which is still one starter short. And ideally, the club would like to move Pallante back to the bullpen.
The return of Dakota Hudson from injury could help with that issue, but relying on Hudson’s health, along with the potential returns of Jack Flaherty and Steven Matz, is what has gotten St. Louis into the situation they’ve been in all season. Although they came into the season preaching they had the necessary depth, the club clearly does not trust their other options.
Expect St. Louis to bring in a big name this deadline, but also expect one of the lower tier arms on the market come in to provide crucial innings during the second half.