The national rumor mill is hot with speculation that the St. Louis Cardinals are trying to acquire starting pitcher Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox.
Let’s assume for a moment that the rumors are accurate. What might it imply?
3) Of course, Michael Wacha is the wild card. If his injury was expected to clear up soon, going after another starter would seem totally unnecessary.
Or would it?
As we have seen in recent days, Mike Matheny has over-relied on closer Trevor Rosenthal. The manager seems very role-driven in his pen management. Is part of the overuse of Rosenthal a result of not having a clear eighth-inning man?
Former set-up man Martinez is in the rotation and another obvious alternative, lefty Kevin Siegrist, has not yet begun his rehab. Jason Motte has not yet returned to his former effectiveness and funky Pat Neshek, while an all-star, has been used selectively.
While the Cards could easily acquire another Edward Mujica, John Axford or Octavio Dotel at the deadline, they could also look in-house. I am not talking about Jorge Rondon or Eric Fornataro from Memphis, but instead redeploying Kelly.
It is a role in which he is familiar. Not only did Kelly close in college, he has pitched extensively in relief with St. Louis. 30 of his 64 Major League appearances have been out of the pen, including 12 games finished.
If Rosenthal struggles further down the stretch, having Kelly as the setup man and closer-in-reserve could prove to be a good move – if he is not needed in the rotation, that is.