MLB Trade Rumors: 5 St. Louis Cardinals on the Block in 2014

5 St. Louis Cardinals On the Block in 2014

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The St. Louis Cardinals' ascension into the elite ranks of the MLB has been aided by a tremendous minor-league system that continues to produce special talent. Unfortunately, this leaves some Cardinals veterans, productive ones at that, expendable once this talent reaches the major league level. Here is a list of five players who might find themselves on the block by the time the trading deadline nears.

5. Lance Lynn

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5. Lance Lynn

Lance Lynn
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Lynn has proven himself a solid major league pitcher, but the Cardinals' minor-league system continues to produce incredible young arms. With youngsters like Carlos Martinez waiting in the wings, the Cardinals may have to sell while Lynn's stock is still relatively high.

4. Joe Kelly

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4. Joe Kelly

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Kelly is another pitcher who has impressed, and he is another diamond-in-the-rough draft find by GM John Mozeliak. He may, however, have to start for a new team or accept a bullpen role when the young studs are brought up.

3. Pete Kozma

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3. Pete Kozma

Pete Kozma
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Kozma performed adequately last year when he was called upon, but the former first-round pick has struggled to shake the bust label that has been put upon him by the Cardinals' fanbase. When Mark Ellis is brought back from the DL, look for Kozma to be released, traded or sent to the minors.

2. Allen Craig

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2. Allen Craig

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Craig has an impressive track record as a hitter, but he has struggled with injuries in the past and is currently deep in an early-season slump. Superstar prospect Oscar Taveras, however, is chomping at the bit for a major role with the big-league club. Craig has a very affordable, team-controlled contract which should bring a decent haul if the Cards decide to move him, but it would be surprising if they moved him mid-season.

1. Jon Jay

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Jon Jay

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Jon Jay is a fine player who has done every thing the franchise has asked of him since debuting a few years ago. Taveras' inevitable callup could mean the end of his tenure as a Red Bird, though. Jay has already been forced to a fourth-outfielder role, and could very well start for other teams who are in need of a solid center fielder.

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