The Cardinals are treading the trade waters looking for a reliever, and have their sights set on Diamondbacks' Chad Qualls and A's reliever Russ Springer.
Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch spoke with GM John Mozeliak who said, "We're still going to explore some stuff, but right now there is nothing jumping out at us."
The Cardinals, as a bullpen, have a 3.80 ERA on the season. Springer has been tearing it up for the past two months, surrendering 3 earned runs in 17.1 innings. Springer, a former Cardinal, is familiar enough with the NL Central that he could make a smooth transition and have an immediate impact on the teams success. The A's wanted a second minor league pitcher in the Holliday trade for Springer as well, but the Cardinals wouldn't budge.
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Adding Springer, who historically has been much more effective in the second half of the season, would have a huge impact on the NL Central race.