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TRADE TALK: What Would You Do If You Were In The Cardinals' Front Office?

Major League Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline is July 31.

For St. Louis Cardinal executives and the team's die-hard fans, this time of year is a familiar exercise. Get past the All-Star break, take stock of where you are in the standings, and decide if you have what it takes to make a run in the postseason.

One year ago on July 27, the Cardinals wheeled and dealed their way to transactions that sent Colby Rasmus to Toronto, and brought pitchers Edwin Jackson, Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski back to St. Louis, among others.

Heading into today's game against the Chicago Cubs, the Cardinals are 53-46, just a few games back of the second Wild Card playoff spot.

With the July 31 deadline looming to trade players without having to clear waivers--meaning making traded players available to other teams to claim--we want to know what you would do if you were Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak.

Do you try and pick up bullpen help? Do you acquire a starting pitcher, freeing up Lance Lynn or Joe Kelly to move to the bullpen. Some have hinted that James Shields could be Busch-bound from Tampa.

Or do you do nothing at all--Jaime Garcia could be back in the rotation by mid-August, and Brian Fuentes has just been added to the bullpen. Plus, trades come at a price. Would you be willing to give up on a Shelby Miller or other highly-touted prospects?

Tell us what you would do and why in the comment section.

Gregg Palermo July 27, 2012 at 02:57 PM
We can be tantalized by "potential" sometimes when it comes to prospects. Remember Brett Wallace? He's been traded since the Cardinals traded him, and is in AAA for the Astros now. I guess I'd say if you decide you have to move a prospect or a key member of your 25 man roster, better to do it out of the division, and better yet, in a different league. And I'd say you can't go wrong by adding a starting pitcher who is under contract for next season and possibly beyond.

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