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(KSDK Sports) -- Day two of the MLB winter meetings wrapped up today in Nashville. The Cardinals are in the market for a left handed reliever, but so far nothing has developed. But, with the positive news on the health of Rafael Furcal's elbow, the need to upgrade the infield isn't as pressing.

KSDK Sports Director Rene Knott spoke with general manager John Mozeliak on Tuesday. In the interview Mozeliak said that if they don't do "something" during the meeting it would not be a failure.

We also discussed the future of utility man "Skip" Schumaker, who's been a Cardinal since 2005. But this year he played in just 107 games, and now the Cards appear ready to trade him.

Click the video link above to hear our entire interview.

Around the Meetings
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been very aggressive trying to trade Justin Upton. The Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners are among teams that have shown interest. The Rangers are unwilling give up a frontline shortstop in exchange for Upton. On Monday, the Mariners met with Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers to discuss a move. In a minor deal, the Diamondbacks signed utility player Eric Hinske to a one-year deal.

The Miami Marlins apparently are shopping second baseman Yunel Escobar, who they acquired in a 12-player blockbuster trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. Escobar looks to be the odd man out. Adeiny Hechavarria, who was also obtained in the trade, is projected as the Marlins' starting second baseman.

Meanwhile, pitcher Ricky Nolasco wants out of South Beach. Matt Sosnick, Nolasco's agent, said his client wants to be traded. "Just watching the way the offseason has transpired for the Marlins and the moves they've made," Sosnick said, "he and I agree that he would probably be better served playing somewhere else. If he had his druthers, he would pitch for somebody other than the Marlins in 2013 and beyond."

National League Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey is drawing interest from several teams. Dickey, who is under contract with the New York Mets next season for $5 million, may trade the knuckleballer if an extension is not worked out. The Mets met with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers, among several other teams. The road block could be the very high asking price. The Mets have also said they will not trade Dickey for just one star prospect, like they did with Carlos Beltran.

Detroit wants to keep pitcher Anibal Sanchez, but his asking price might be too big for the Tigers to match. Among the interested teams -- Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals and a mystery team, according to USA TODAY' Sports' Bob Nightengale.

The Angels lost Dan Haren to the Washington Nationals via free agency. Is Zack Greinke next? The Dodgers and Texas Rangers appear to be the front runners for the former American League Cy Young winner.

Former Mets outfielder Jason Bay appears to be headed west. The Seattle Mariners are "pretty close" to signing Bay to a contract. In November, the Mets bought out the final year of his contract and the they parted ways.

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