Cardinals Take A Back Seat on a Wells Deal

The Cardinals had made inquiries about the availablity of Boston's 43 year old starting pitcher David Wells, but appear to be out of the running for his services down the stretch.

David Wells is expected to be traded from Boston before his scheduled start tonight, with San Diego the most likely team, and the Dodgers also remaining an option with the St. Louis Cardinals a long shot at best.

Boston has indicated that they will only trade the Wells in exchange for a top level prospect such as a "power arm" or a corner infielder or outfielder.

In other published reports, multiple sources confirm that Boston's General Manager Theo Epstein is prepared to trade Wells back to his native San Diego unless another potential trading partner, the Los Angeles Dodgers, is willing to trade one of its top three prospects: outfielder Matt Kemp, third baseman Andy LaRoche, or first baseman James Loney.

Wells would certainly complement the Cardinals staff, considering he's pitched well lately (something St. Louis fans haven't witnessed recently) and Wells has significant postseason experience. He would be an immediate boost to the moral of Cardinal Nation.

But a deal to St. Louis isn't likely going to happen.

The Cardinals, need pitching with Mark Mulder apparently out for the rest of the season, (at least he should be) and then there is Jason Marquis and Jeff Weaver, neither one who inspire much confidence, at least among the fans. So the Cardinals could use a starter.

Boston has discussed dealing for left-handed prospect Adam Wainwright, first baseman Chris Duncan, and or Single-A outfielder Colby Rasmus. But Wells has made it clear to Boston that he does not want to play in St. Louis, and as if it matter what he wants, Cardinals General Manager Walt Jocketty isn't likely to deal any of those players away, just to rent a starter for one month.

Wells must be traded by the end of today in order to be eligible for postseason play. He's scheduled to start against Toronto at Fenway Park tonight and will likely catch a flight to the West Coast by end of the weekend.

The Padres are three games back of LA in the NL Western Division race and maintain a half game lead over Phillies in the Wild Card race.

Wells who makes his home in San Diego, plans on retiring at the end of this season and a deal to the Padres makes perfect sense to him.

Cardinal fans will have to hope another deal is in the works or that Anthony Reyes can fill the void left by Mark Mulder in the starting rotation.

 


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