Cardinals Winter Meeting Notebook 12/04

At the end of Day 2, the St. Louis Cardinals' new general manager, John Mozeliak is still looking to make his first deal at the Winter Meetings in Nashville.

The Milwaukee Brewers apparently have ended trade talks with the Cardinals for Scott Rolen. Rolen's health issues and the $36 million dollars he's owe seemed to be the major stumbling blocks for a deal.

The Cardinals reportedly wanted left-hander Chris Capuano, in return for Rolen, plus another player. According to one source, both sides did not get to the point of exchanging names.

Anthony Reyes: more than one team has expressed an interest in Reyes. If Reyes stays in St. Louis, he may turn out to be the quintessential "Quadruple-A" player. He's proven he can pitch in the minors, but he hasn't been able to translate that success at the Major League level.

Reportedly the San Diego Padres have express an interest in Reyes, but with the Cardinals actually looking for pitching, it's doubtful that they would let him go, before injured starting pitchers Mark Mulder and Chris Carpenter are healthy and return to the rotation.

Chris Carpenter: a senior source within the Cardinals' organization, expressed confidence today, that Carpenter could return to the rotation by the All-Star break.

A Scout's View: according to one veteran Major League Baseball scout, the St. Louis Cardinals have two only two prospects, center fielder Colby Rasmus and reliever Chris Perez. This perception of the Cardinals farm system and the quality of the players within it, could make it difficult for Mozeliak to package a deal containing prospects, for a starting pitcher or a leadoff hitter.

Jim Edmonds: the news that Edmonds indicated he was willing to waive his no-trade clause, caught some inside the organization off guard. One senior member of management didn't hear of the news until he had arrived in Nashville.

Tony La Russa: arrived in Nashville Tuesday, he is scheduled to meet with the media, Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. (CT)

Rumors: There are rumors surfacing again that the Milwaukee Brewers may be willing to trade starting pitcher, Ben Sheets.

The Brewers GM Doug Melvin said late Tuesday that he was not interested in trading Sheets, but that he was willing to entertain offers.

The Rule 5 Draft: will take place at 9:00 a.m. (CT) on Thursday. During the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft, players left unprotected may be selected for $50,000. The Selection Rules provide that a player must remain on the drafting team's active Major League roster during the following season or be offered back to the original club at half the original price.

The draft order is based on the reverse order of finish during the 2006 season. The Cardinals, if they decide to participate in the Major League phase, will have the 13th pick.

The Cardinals 40-man roster is full and it's not likely that they will drop anyone to pick up an unprotected player Thursday.

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