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MLB Trade Deadline: Biggest Name On St. Louis Cardinals’ Radar

Alexei Ramirez

Jerry Lai – USA TODAY Sports

With the MLB non-waiver trade deadline fast-approaching, the St. Louis Cardinals need a shortstop, and Chicago White Sox veteran Alexei Ramirez fits the bill perfectly.

Ramirez is one of a number of players made available by the White Sox, and he would be an ideal fit for a Cardinals team looking for some help in the middle infield after a number of injuries and poor production have created a void.

Rafael Furcal had been expected to be the everyday starter at short, but he is out for the season with a Tommy John surgery that was probably long overdue. Pete Kozma, the promising infielder who posted a .952 OPS over 82 PA last year, has a triple-slash of 241/.283/.298 with just one home run.

He does provide the team with plus defense at 6.2 fielding runs above average, but even that hasn’t been about to totally absolve the near-total loss in production at the plate. His infield compatriot Daniel Descalso could be a candidate … if he wasn’t the total opposite in the fielding department anyway.

Now, because the Cardinals can’t simply put the two together, they are looking for an upgrade.

Ramirez represents a tremendous improvement on Kozma even though his offensive output is reduced this season compared to previous years. The Cuban has hit at .281 this year, and coupled with his 20 stolen bases and above-average fielding, the Cardinals would be wise to find a deal with the White Sox for his services after their initial offer was rejected.

Chris Teale is a writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter here or view his writer’s page here.