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St. Louis Cardinals Inside Pitch 2008-11-20

St. Louis Cardinals Inside Pitch 2008-11-20
Having dropped out of the Matt Holliday sweepstakes -- which wasn't really the highest priority for them anyway -- the Cardinals were concentrating on putting together a new middle infield and adding left-handed relief help as open season for free agents began.

The club is interested in Tigers shortstop Edgar Renteria, a former Cardinal, and possibly in Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal as well. At second base, their prime free agent target is the Diamondbacks' Orlando Hudson, although the Cardinals have had talks about retaining infielder Felipe Lopez, who hit .384 for St. Louis in two months this season. However, Lopez may want more years than the Cardinals are willing to offer.

If free agency isn't the answer at second and short, the Cardinals would try to solve those issues through the trade market, having shown particular interest in either shortstop Yunel Escobar or second baseman Kelly Johnson, both of Atlanta.

With general manager John Mozeliak notably high on young center field prospect Colby Rasmus -- a "five-tool player," in Mozeliak's mind -- the Cardinals have plenty of depth in their outfield. Not so much depth, though, that they would include both center fielder Skip Schumaker and right fielder Ryan Ludwick in a prospective deal for Holliday.

The Cardinals also are looking for a pitcher with closer's experience to help guide young flamethrowers Chris Perez and Jason Motte, and they also could use another starting pitcher.

But the latter pursuit, Mozeliak said, would wait until the results of a late-November nerve exam on the troublesome right shoulder of Chris Carpenter. If some question marks remain, the Cardinals will jump into a fairly deep starting pitching pool.

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Added: November 20, 2008

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