The 2014 MLB trade deadline is in full swing and the St. Louis Cardinals have made a big splash, acquiring Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians. In doing so, the Cardinals have taken the first step towards overtaking the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.
The Indians are trading Justin Masterson to the Cardinals
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 30, 2014
While the trade for Masterson shows the Cardinals’ willingness to improve the team, it fails to address the one area that has been plaguing St. Louis as of late – their struggling offense. With a rotation ERA of 3.39 on the season, the Cardinals rank eighth in the majors while their offense ranks 29 in runs scored. Compared to their stellar rotation ERA, Masterson’s 5.51 ERA pales in comparison.
Having Adam Wainwright anchoring the rotation gives the Cardinals a leg up on many others in the pennant race. However, with rumors of St. Louis being interested in David Price and Jon Lester, today’s trade took many by surprise that the Cardinals settled for Masterson instead. While the trade shows the creative ability of John Mozeliak to attempt to improve his team in many different ways, it is surely a move that will leave many scratching their heads.
Despite this trade, the Cardinals would be wise to continue shopping to improve their third-place club with just over 24 hours to go before the MLB trade deadline. Though the trade was a strong first move in adding veteran depth to the club, Mozeliak is far from finished in taking the necessary steps to help the Cardinals reach postseason success.