5 Players the St. Louis Cardinals Should Target Before the Trade Deadline

5 Players the St. Louis Cardinals Should Target Before the Trade Deadline

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The St. Louis Cardinals have had a solid season thus far in 2014 at 43-36, and just 4.5 games behind the surprise Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central. If St. Louis intends on making a World Series run, they need to make a few dynamic additions to their roster. Here are five players they should target before the trade deadline.

5. Antonio Bastardo

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5. Antonio Bastardo

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Philadelphia Phillies' LHP Antonio Bastardo has been solid all season out of the bullpen, posting a 2.83 ERA in 33 relief appearances and has struck out batters at a stellar 10.8 K/9 rate. The Phillies are not contending this season, and if St. Louis could acquire Bastardo, they would no longer need to rely on an aging Randy Choate as one of their lefties out of the pen.

4. Jake Arrieta

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4. Jake Arietta

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Chicago Cubs' RHP Jake Arrieta is quickly emerging as an unexpected trade-chip for Chicago, and has the eyes of contending GMs in both leagues. Despite the two clubs' rivalry, Arrieta could be a solid complement to a back-end of the Cardinals' rotation that has been hit with injuries and could use an insurance policy for the stretch-run.

3. Chase Headley

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3. Chase Headley

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San Diego Padres third-baseman Chase Headley has struggled since he broke out in 2012 for 31 HRs and 115 RBIs. He isn't having a great 2014 campaign, but he has some pop and would give the Cardinals the chance to move Matt Carpenter over to second-base, which is their weakest position currently. A change of scenery could work wonders for Headley this season.

2. David Price

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2. David Price

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The addition of Tampa Bay Ray's LHP David Price would give the Cardinals quite the one-two punch with Adam Wainwright. Adding another top-of-the-rotation starter could be the difference between struggling for a wild-card spot and winning the NL Central. Now that the Reds and Pirates are playing well behind them, it is time for St. Louis to separate themselves from the pack with a blockbuster deal.

1. Daniel Murphy

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1. Daniel Murphy

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New York Mets' second-baseman Daniel Murphy is having an All-Star season, batting .300 with six HRs, 30 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. The Cardinals have struggled to generate offense from their middle-infield in 2014, and neither Kolten Wong nor Mark Ellis seem to be the answer at second-base. Murphy would fit in great in the two-hole of St. Louis' lineup.