The National League Central leading St. Louis Cardinals are becoming quite active in the pre-trade-deadline market.

Yesterday, they dealt outfielder Chris Duncan to the Boston Red Sox for recently DFA’d infielder Julio Lugo, who could provide extra support if Khalil Greene never turns things around. And now, the Cardinals are looking to add an outfielder – one they’ve been close to acquiring many times before.

For the second time, rumors are swirling about the Cardinals’ interest in the A’s Matt Holliday, below. One NL source said Wednesday that St. Louis might be edging closer to Oakland’s asking price, minor-league third baseman Brett Wallace, because the Cardinals need a left fielder and their other option essentially would be Washington’s Josh Willingham. Morning Huddle.

Holliday is having something of a down year by his standards – his OPS is down some 100 points from his career average – but would assuredly be an excellent addition for this Cardinals club.

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  • Streak

    That would be one of the most feared batting order in the league. Rasmus, Pojols, Holliday, DeRosa, and Ludwick… Scary for any pitcher.

  • Cardfan

    Yeah, whatever.
    Rumors say that the Cardinals are ready to land both Holiday and Halladay. Total BS. Their naive GM doesn’t seem to notice that he has played the patsy every time – from the deals he has made to the deals that fell through. In some fairness, though, I will reserve judgement on the DeRosa acquisition.

    Ace, you should be pleased with the way that LaRussa showed his true colors on the Duncan situation. Practically called all of us StL fans “big meanies” for beating up on his best friends boy. I loved the part where he told us that we have a short memory and that Duncan was one of the five players in 2006 that contributed to the championship season. This from the a-hole that threw a hissy fit, held management hostage and ran Rolen out of St. Louis (one of the biggest contributors to TWO World Series seasons). The idiot did irreparable damage to Duncan in St. Louis with those comments. Nobody was booing the kid, he was just hammered on all the blogs. Big freakin deal. Arrrgghh! LaRussa aka “makes me want to vomit” is now firmly back on my bad side.

    PS. You da man for dumpin the Crow for the Fox on that last series preview. I’d like to think that was just for me…

    • Butcher

      Apparently it isn’t BS at all. Looks like a done deal.

      Congrats, Cardsfan. Holiday is a really nice pickup.


      • Cardfan

        Holy crap – they were serious. Shows my confidence. And just in time for the Phillies and the Dodgers.