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Outside the Confines: Making a shopping list

MLB prepares to crack down on sticky stuff. The trade deadline is coming into view. The Yankees are struggling. A look at bigger bases.

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I found it interesting that during last night’s Sunday Night Baseball telecast, Matt Vasgersian and Buster Olney kept talking about the need for the Cardinals to add pitching. With the Cubs finishing off the sweep, the Cardinals are in fourth place, a game under .500 and six games out of first place. Shouldn’t they be talking about selling rather than buying? Things could change over the next two weeks, but if this is where they are at the All-Star Break, the Cardinals shouldn’t be adding anyone at the deadline.

But then the issue is who could they sell? Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina are 10-5 players who aren’t going anywhere. They’ve got Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado on pricey long-term deals and they won’t be traded. Most of the rest of their team is either young and cost-controlled and the team would want to keep them, or they’re veterans who have just been flat-out bad and won’t get anything in return other than salary relief. Maybe Andrew Miller or Matt Carpenter would get them something, but it’s not a good place to be in heading into mid-summer.

I know, most of you are shedding crocodile tears for the Cards. But I’m putting on my journalist hat here and saying that team has problems and no easy fixes. I wouldn’t be surprised if manager Mike Shildt isn’t back next year.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. On to Queens.