Thursday, April 11, 2013
If Motte misses the season
By Jason A. Churchill
St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte, who is sitting out with a strained throwing elbow, could be facing Tommy John surgery, which would be the third major blow to the club's projected 25-man roster.
The Cards will already be without shortstop Rafael Furcal and right-hander Chris Carpenter, and stayed in-house to fill those vacancies. If Motte is to miss the year, GM John Mozeliak will have the option to again stay in house. Mitchell Boggs is handling the closing duties now, but the club also boasts power arms in Trevor Rosenthal, Edward Mujica and Joe Kelly. Rosenthal may be the best bet for he long term.
Clubs often hit the trade market to fill such voids, but the Cardinals clearly don't go the way of the path most traveled. If they do, the target is certainly to be a clear-cut upgrade, a lights-out, dominating arm with closing experience.
What seems most likely is that Mozeliak may seek a veteran setup man to help for depth purposes, but probably not one with a hefty salary or a high price tag in terms of trade freight.