The trade deadline is fast approaching. MLB teams are frantically trying to find that missing piece to help them make it to the playoffs. A report from the Chicago Tribune says that the Chicago White Sox turned down an offer from the St. Louis Cardinals for shortstop Alexei Ramirez.
From the Chicago Tribune:
The Sox are listening to proposals. They turned down a deal involving pitcher Carlos Martinez, the Cardinals third-highest rated prospect, for shortstop Alexei Ramirez, according to a scouting source.
But Jon Heyman of CBS is refuting that report.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 24, 2013
That leaves a lot of this story in question. Are the Cardinals actually interested in Alexei Ramirez. Heyman discredits the Tribune report but says it wouldn’t surprise him. That isn’t convincing or riddled with proof.
The Cardinals have struggled with the shortstop position in their line up. They’ve relied on Pete Kozma at short after Rafael Furcal underwent Tommy John surgery in March. That could be the basis for Heyman’s assumption that the Cardinals are interested.
Ramirez would be an upgrade for the Cards.