St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong (right) celebrates with starting pitcher Carlos Martinez

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3 Weeks Until Trade Deadline: Are Cards Buyers or Sellers?

Our Chris Hrabe and Fox Sports Midwest broadcaster Dan McLaughlin discussed the likelihood of the Cardinals making a big move to either add talent this year or set themselves up for the future.

July 10, 2018 - 10:12 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Cardinals are seven games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central and four games back in the Wild Card race. They're sitting three games above .500 with just three weeks until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. It's still up for debate whether this team is worth trading prospects to make a run this season, or selling big-league talent and risk missing the playoffs for a third consecutive year.

That topic was discussed on Monday night's Sports Open Line by our Chris Hrabe and Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin: 

"I think they're in a really unique situation," McLaughlin says. "They're not out of the division race, you've got a lot of head-to-head still with Chicago and you're never going to be out, it seems like with the way that they've played, of that second Wild Card or maybe even the first Wild Card spot. 

"Mozeliak has traditionally been a guy that has a need for this year and fills it, then tries to look beyond for guys that have contracts that go beyond one year so you're not just renting players ... But they do have what everybody wants and that's young, controllable pitching." 

Names like Jack Flaherty, Austin Gomber, Dakota Hudson, Daniel Poncedeleon and the injuried Alex Reyes are the envy of every MLB team. And the Cardinals president of baseball operations has them at his disposal, but as McLaughlin points out, is probably not excited to part ways with them. 

"Many of these are going to be here, unless you felt that you were going to make that transitional trade and have a chance to keep that player long-term, I just don't see them going deep into that farm system and trading some of that young pitching," McLaughlin says.