The United Cardinal Bloggers have begun their postseason roundtable. Today’s question comes via Tom Knuppel -

Branch Rickey wrote that it is better to trade a player one year too soon than one year too late. Is this the year the Cardinals should consider looking to deal Chris Carpenter? Could the Cardinals get some key pieces in return for him? Would trading him dilute the starting rotation too much?

My response -

If I were an opposing general manager, I’m not so sure I’d give up the farm to get Carpenter. He’s going to be 36 years old next year, he has an extensive injury history, he faced a career high batters last year, his velocity dropped an average of 2 MPH this past season. He was still effective, however, but that is a lot of red flags.

Add in the fact that Carpenter is owed $15 million next year,  I don’t see him as much of a trade chip.

Also, consider that the market for pitching isn’t that great these days. Just look at the underwhelming returns from Cliff Lee, Dan Haren and Roy Oswalt trades this past season.

I don’t at all view this as a “sell-high” opportunity.

Erik Manning

Erik became addicted to Cardinals baseball as a young lad growing up on the mean streets of O'Fallon, MO. He moved away to Tulsa to attend Bible College, where he met his wife, who talked him into moving to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, also known as the Bermuda triangle of baseball. His dream is to see the MLB.tv blackouts end, and his other interests are theology and philosophy of religion. He is the parent of two young boys.

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