New St. Louis Cardinals trade rumors have the team adding bullpen help through a deal with the Miami Marlins. According to ESPN, the Cardinals have acquired right-handed reliever Edward Mujica. It's a small move, but it could end up adding some valuable depth to the St. Louis bullpen down the stretch.
In exchange for Mujica, the Cardinals had to trade 2010 first-round pick Zack Cox. Cox was struggling a bit at Triple-A Memphis, posting a .254 batting average, 9 home runs and 30 RBIs this season. As for Mujica, he has a 0-3 record with a 4.38 ERA and 2 saves in 41 games this year.
Mujica is a valuable pitcher to have against right-handed hitters, a group that has batted just .211 against him this season. Last season's stats make the trade look even better, as Mujica posted a 9-6 record and 2.96 ERA over the full season. Now the team will have to make a last-second move to the roster to clear a slot for Mujica on Tuesday night (July 31).
The Cardinals are trying to make a serious run at both the National League Central and an NL wild card slot down the stretch. Coming into Tuesday (July 31), the team has a 54-48 record, putting them 7 games behind the Cincinnati Reds in the Central and 4 games behind both the Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates in the wild card race.
What do you think about these St. Louis Cardinals trade rumors? Though the deal is a small one, do you think that acquiring Edward Mujica from the Miami Marlins will keep the team a big boost?