The St. Louis Cardinals are dropping out of the race for Jake Peavy. The Cardinals are looking for offense according to reports and there are plenty of players the Cardinals could grab on the trade market before the Jul. 31 trade deadline. St. Louis could look at Peavy’s former team, the Chicago White Sox, for help.
The White Sox are looking to be sellers at the trade deadline dangling Dayan Viciedo and Gordon Beckham out on the trade market. Viciedo has been attached to the Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants as of late, which could leave Beckham going to a team like the Cardinals.
St. Louis is looking for a player to compliment Matt Carpenter in the infield at second or third base. Beckham can play second base and would fit nicely in the Cardinals’ infield even though he is not a premier power bat the Cardinals are coveting. Beckham hit the disabled list in the beginning of the season. He was hitting well through May, but since then has cooled off, now batting .244/.298/.389 with seven home runs and 24 RBI.
The Cardinals acquiring Beckham would give the infielder a chance at a new life and a chance to get the Cardinals to the playoffs, as St. Louis is now battling four teams in the division for a playoff spot.
The six-year veteran has spent his entire career with Chicago. He is a career .248/.312/.381 hitter with 264 RBI and a 6.5 career WAR. He could use the change of scenery since the White Sox have not made the playoffs since 2008.