(Busch Stadium) As the 11pm CT deadline approaches to acquire players from outside the organization with playoff eligibility, there has been a renewed calling from parts of the fanbase for the St. Louis Cardinals to acquire third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Toronto Blue Jays.
Not so fast.
“There’s always possibilities, but I would not anticipate anything at this time,” responded John Mozeliak when asked if the team could add another piece to the roster before tonight’s deadline. “Obviously, the news we got on Jedd and Kolten is very positive. So you look at where this club is, how they’re playing–we feel pretty good about where we’re at.”
Hampered by left calf issues, Donaldson has played in only 36 games this season for Toronto and has been trying to get through a rehab assignment.
Wong is expected to be ready to return from the DL when eligible on September 5th. Gyorko may need more time but also received favorable evaluations by the medical staff.
STATEMENT ON MARTINEZ LITIGATION
Mozeliak fielded questions after addressing a story in the St. Louis Post Dispatch regarding an incident four years ago in which Carlos Martinez, Marcell Ozuna, and the late Oscar Taveras were involved in an altercation in the parking lot of The Penthouse Club in Sauget, IL.
“Going back to the incident, we were made aware of it,” said Mozeliak. “From a legal standpoint, we cooperated as fully as possible as the employer. As we know it, there’s still stands an open civil case but I don’t know where it is.”
Mozeliak does not believe that MLB will be involved in terms of handing out punishment as the criminal case has been closed.
“Probably not, usually a civil case is more, my understanding, more of a dollar issue than a criminal offense,” he said. “I don’t anticipate anything coming from this, but time will tell.”
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