For St. Louis Cardinal executives and the team's die-hard fans, this time of year is a familiar exercise. Get past the All-Star break, take stock of where you are in the standings, and decide if you have what it takes to make a run in the postseason.
One year ago on July 27, the Cardinals wheeled and dealed their way to transactions that sent Colby Rasmus to Toronto, and brought pitchers Edwin Jackson, Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzepczynski back to St. Louis, among others.
Heading into today's game against the Chicago Cubs, the Cardinals are 53-46, just a few games back of the second Wild Card playoff spot.
With the July 31 deadline looming to trade players without having to clear waivers--meaning making traded players available to other teams to claim--we want to know what you would do if you were Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak.
Do you try and pick up bullpen help? Do you acquire a starting pitcher, freeing up Lance Lynn or Joe Kelly to move to the bullpen. Some have hinted that James Shields could be Busch-bound from Tampa.
Or do you do nothing at all--Jaime Garcia could be back in the rotation by mid-August, and Brian Fuentes has just been added to the bullpen. Plus, trades come at a price. Would you be willing to give up on a Shelby Miller or other highly-touted prospects?
Tell us what you would do and why in the comment section.