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Mozeliak monitoring trade market

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CHICAGO • Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak was with the team for the four-game series here and sat in the stands with scouts from opposing teams during a few of them.

As the All-Star break arrives, he described the trade market as “definitely a seller’s market.” That’s partially because there are few teams advertising themselves as sellers.

Two are in Chicago, the Cubs and the White Sox, and a third is Miami. But clubs like Philadelphia have not given a clear signal on their intentions, and other clubs may not commit to being sellers until later this month.

The White Sox have already traded a reliever, and reported Sunday that Cubs starter Matt Garza has been told he’ll be traded.

The Cardinals' search for a starter has drawn connections to Garza in some reports. Two executives with the Cardinals recently said that making a trade within the division was "not desirable" because it would mean moving a high-end prospect the Cardinals would rather have for the six years of cost-controlled play.

The price for Garza, who has won five consecutive starts, is expected to be young pitching, of which the Cardinals have several attractive prospects. At the same time Garza defeated the Cardinals on Saturday, the Cardinals displayed one of those prized prospects -- Carlos Martinez. They would rather leave Wrigley with Martinez in their longterm plans than Garza as a short-term addition.

The Cardinals preference is to avoid a trade that could only be completed with a high-end prospect like Martinez.

Mozeliak spoke generally about the market, declining to cite specific teams.

“A lot of teams you think might normally would be breaking things up aren’t,” Mozeliak said. “There just aren’t a lot of players that are truly available. That could change. That’s my observation today.”

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