The Cardinals seem to have wanted to do more at the trade deadline.
St. Louis inquired about multiple starting pitchers, including Zack Wheeler, Robbie Ray and Mike Minor, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. But, the team ended up making just one deal — sending Jedd Gyorko to the Dodgers in exchange for reliever Tony Cingrani and a minor leaguer.
Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak discussed the team’s lack of moves when he met with reporters after the deadline.
“We never got to a point we felt we could get a deal done,” Mozeliak said. “We explored starting pitching first and foremost. From people’s standpoints, we just weren’t matching up. Unfortunately, we didn’t get what we hoped to do, but we still really like our team and feel like we’re getting healthy at the right time.”
The Cardinals hold a 57-50 record and entered play Thursday tied with the Cubs for first place in the National League Central.
“When you spend seven straight days in a room working on something, you tend to want to see something come out of it," Mozeliak said. "So, there’s a high level of frustration, even for us. But we answer to people and have to be responsible for decisions that come out of it and we just didn’t feel we could get there.”
Mozeliak, however, still thinks the team can compete for a title, despite not making a major move.
“For the last week we’ve been working tirelessly to try to do something,” Mozeliak said. “When you have deadlines and don’t come up with something, people aren’t happy. I can’t come up with an excuse that’s going to make that go away. We’re still excited about our club and think we can win.”
Meanwhile, the Cubs made multiple deals. They acquired Nicholas Castellanos from the Tigers, David Phelps from the Blue Jays and Tony Kemp from the Astros.