In acquiring Justin Masterson from the Indians on Wednesday, the Cardinals succeeded in their search to add to their rotation depth. But does the addition actually mean the Cardinals are done dealing before the non-waiver Trade Deadline?
Though the Cardinals' primary objective was to add a starting pitcher in advance of Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, general manager John Mozeliak also has considered all sorts of creative ways to improve the offense.
Shopping metaphors are in strong supply at the moment in my line of work, so let's call Justin Masterson the pair of designer shorts with a $150 price tag when the weather first warmed, now substantially discounted as the summer season wanes.
When it comes to the non-waiver Trade Deadline, most general managers listen to plenty of trade proposals. But when the Cleveland and St. Louis front offices talk, they listen closely. Since 2002, the Cardinals and Indians have pulled off 10 midseason deals, including Wednesday's. They've been big and small -- five coming within a week of the Deadline -- but the two teams clearly enjoy working together on the trade front.
Padres right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne will be looking to bounce back from his first subpar outing of his rookie campaign Thursday afternoon, when he squares off with the Cardinals' Shelby Miller at Petco Park.
The Cardinals, unable to capitalize on a slew of early free passes, were later sunk by a pair Lance Lynn issued in a laborious sixth inning that boosted the Padres to a 3-1 win in front of 33,521 fans at Petco Park on Tuesday night.
At manager Mike Matheny's urging, crew chief Brian Gorman reviewed a fifth-inning play at the plate on Tuesday night before confirming that there was no violation for Rule 7.13, which requires a catcher to provide a lane to home plate if he does not have possession of the ball.
General manager John Mozeliak has evaluated the options and considered the cost. Now, with less than four days remaining until the non-waiver Trade Deadline, he'll have to decide soon whether to change the complexion of his Major League club.
Joe Torre batted sixth on Sunday, delivering his Hall of Fame speech eloquently, if not briefly, to end this year's induction of the grand Class of 2014. Torre spoke about his family and his love of the game, and he detailed each of the six times the Yankees went to the World Series during his 12-year tenure as manager, winning four of them.
Speaking without looking at his notes on Sunday in Cooperstown, Tony La Russa made it clear during his 17-minute Hall of Fame induction speech that his unease at taking credit for all those accomplishments is rooted in a deep conviction that he benefited from an uncommonly good support system.
A.J. Pierzynski and Shelby Miller had never formally met until Saturday. Yet for 5 2/3 innings, including three perfect frames to start the game, the two played pitch-and-catch as the Cards topped the Cubs, 6-3, at Wrigley Field. Pierzynski went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Matt Adams drove in four runs.
Through 33 seasons, managing over 5,000 games with three different teams, Tony La Russa always seemed to be in control of his emotions. On the day before his induction into the Hall of Fame, he admitted on Saturday that he's more than a little nervous.
Mike Matheny fielded a few questions on Friday about the man who used to occupy his post as the Cardinals' manager, Tony La Russa. Matheny, who played catcher for La Russa's Cardinals from 2000-04, said: "We knew we were in the midst of a Hall of Fame-caliber manager."