Cardinals reportedly making a strong push to acquire Jake Peavy from Red Sox

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Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com are both reporting that the Cardinals are talking to the Red Sox about veteran starter Jake Peavy, and according to Stark a deal “could happen quick.”

It seems like a sensible fit, as the Cardinals need rotation help with Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia injured and the last-place Red Sox could be looking to sell off expensive veterans.

Peavy is owed about $7 million for the remainder of this season as part of a two-year, $29 million contract signed last offseason. He’s struggled this year with a 4.64 ERA in 18 starts and has a combined 4.41 ERA in 28 starts for the Red Sox dating back to last season, managing just 6.6 strikeouts per nine innings after a career of racking up tons of missed bats.

His average fastball velocity has also dipped below 90 miles per hour, so at age 33–and considering how poorly he’s pitched of late–Peavy may be little more than a salary dump for the Red Sox.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.