(KSDK Sports) -- It was reported on Twitter earlier this morning by Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports that the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels have discussed a potential trade for third baseman David Freese.
While the possibility of moving David Freese is not a surprise, what the Cardinals would expect in return could be interesting.
For anything of value, it's likely Freese isn't the only piece of the puzzle. If this is tied to the Cardinals hunt for a shortstop, the obvious target would be longtime Angels shortstop Erick Aybar.
Aybar is a career .277/.317/.386 hitter who batted .271 in 2013 with six home runs, 54 RBI and 12 SB. He's currently signed through 2016 with a contract that will pay him $25.5 million over three seasons.
If Aybar is what the Cardinals are seeking, he might not be a bad fit. Of course, at this point it's all still speculation.
Corey Noles is a Cardinals Writer and Columnist for The Daily Statesman. He is also a regular contributor to KSDK.com and Bleacher Report. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @coreynoles.