Report: Cards Chase Hamels, Price, Scherzer

The St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly pursuing three front-line starters to potentially bolster their rotation.

The St. Louis Cardinals are exploring trades for left-handers Cole Hamels and David Price while also considering the possibility of signing free-agent right-hander Max Scherzer, sources told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi this week. However, St. Louis reportedly is not close to landing any of the three, as acquisition costs will be high.

The Cardinals' interest may indicate that health concerns with current rotation remain. The team’s starting five consists of Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Carlos Martinez. Marco Gonzales and Jaime Garcia could factor into St. Louis’ starting plans, too. Wainwright, Wacha and Garcia each had physical problems last season.

Hamels, Price and Scherzer are all unique situations. Hamels is under contract with the Philadelphia Phillies for four or five more years, Price is currently with the Detroit Tigers but will become a free agent this fall and Scott Boras client Scherzer is already a free agent, looking for a contract that could be in the $170-$200 million range.

With all right-handers among the current projected starting five, the Cardinals may prefer to add a lefty, specifically Hamels or Price.

The acquisition of any of these pitchers should be high, in terms of money, players, prospects and draft pick lost (the latter in Scherzer's case), so the Cardinals may decide not to make any major moves at all.

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