The St. Louis Cardinals have been hit hard by injuries in 2012, and even general manager John Mozeliak admitted that his team has a need for pitching help going into the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Acquiring a top starter would allow St. Louis to move Joe Kelly or Lance Lynn into the bullpen, but good pitching never comes cheap on the MLB trade market.
Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says that top prospect Shelby Miller may no longer be untouchable in trade talks now that Miller has stumbled a bit in Triple-A.
For the first time the organization might be willing to include elite prospect Shelby Miller in trade talks. Miller, 21, has labored at Triple-A Memphis this season while others, such as Kelly, Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Martinez and Tyrell Jenkins continue to advance.
Miller, the team's first-round selection from the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, entered the season ranked as the No. 8 overall prospect by Baseball America. He has posted a 6.17 ERA and a 4-8 record over 77.1 innings at the Triple-A level this season.