Apr. 1, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina against the Arizona Diamondbacks during opening day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

MLB trade rumors 2013: St. Louis Cardinals not in market for catching help (Update: now looking)


With quite possibly the best catcher in the league, the St. Louis Cardinals don’t exactly need help in the backstop department – though some thought the Red Birds may make a depth move as All-Star Yadier Molina is headed to the disabled list with knee issues.

Molina apparently re-aggravated an old knee injury during the second game of Tuesday’s double header with the Pittsburgh Pirates and there is some lingering concern that the talented catcher could miss more than the scheduled fifteen days on the DL. Because of that and the drop off in talent when compared to backup’s Tony Cruz and Rob Johnson, there was some expectation the Cardinals would attempt to find a more serviceable replacement but Ken Rosenthal says the Cardinals will stay on course.

Per Fox Sports:

Source: #STLCards do not plan to pursue catcher with Molina going on DL.

There’s been no solid confirmation as to just how long the Cardinals expect Molina to be sidelined so maybe the lack of concern to bring in a better backup catcher suggests the concern over Molina’s injury isn’t as great as some have alluded to.

And apparently we have an update suggesting that the Cardinals are now indeed looking for catching help:

Conflicting info on #STLCards’ plans: Told now they ARE looking for catcher with Molina on DL. Previously told club thought it would be OK.

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