The Cardinals also could acquire right-handed reliever Guillermo Mota in the deal, but the Indians are still talking about Mota with other clubs.Belliard would be an upgrade over anything at second base but please forget about acquiring Mota.
Belliard, 31, recently missed six games with a hamstring injury, but returned to the Indians' lineup Saturday. The Cardinals want to make sure that he is fully recovered before completing the deal.
Belliard entered Sunday's play batting .289 with a .335 on-base percentage, eight homers and 44 RBIs. He figures to be an upgrade over Aaron Miles, who has batted .224 since June 1. The Cardinals rank next-to-last in the National League in on-base/slugging percentage at second base.
Bobby Abreu is being sent packing to join the New York Yankees as he was traded for three minor leaguers: left-handed reliever Matt Smith, catcher Jesus Sanchez and right-hander Carlos Monasterios.
Yesterday, the Atlanta Braves traded INF Wilson Betemit to the Los Angeles Dodgers for RHP Danys Baez and INF Willy Aybar.
On Friday, the Milwaukee Brewers traded OF Carlos Lee and OF Nelson Cruz to the Texas Rangers for RHP Francisco Cordero, OF Kevin Mench, OF Laynce Nix and minor league LHP Julian Cordero.
Luna has officially been traded for Belliard. The Cardinals have all-stars at every infield position but catcher.