Tyler Greene’s stock rising?

Tony LaRussa talked to the media today at the Cardinals Winter Warmup and indicated that the team has no true backup outfielder to Colby Rasmus and that he might look to an infielder to fill that role. Skip Schumaker would be the obvious choice, right? He’s right handed. A good hitter. Excellent outfield defender…

No, it’s Tyler Greene.

I honestly can’t wait for that lineup. An outfielder playing second base and an infielder playing center field. I would laugh, but I really don’t find that very funny.

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Cards add pair of pitchers

The St. Louis Cardinals made a depth move today, adding veteran pitchers Miguel Batista and Ian Snell on minor league contracts.

Batista, 39, spent last season as a reliever for the Washington Nationals where he posted a 3.70 ERA in 57 relief appearances and 1 start. That start was a spot start taking the place of Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg. Batista has served time in the majors as both a reliever and a starter for several different teams. The Cardinals will be his 10th major league club.

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NL Central Preview: Third Base

Now on to the third baseman of the NL Central. There’s quite a variety of players at third base in the NL Central too. From the veterans Scott Rolen and Aramis Ramirez to the young guys in Casey McGehee, David Freese, Pedro Alvarez, and Chris Johnson there is talent both young and old.

The corner infield is usually a position that offense is relied upon and as long as you have a halfway decent glove, you’re considered capable. The top three were very easy to rank. The the rest, well that was a different story as the three of them only had partial seasons in order to judge their performance on.

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NL Central Preview: Second Base

Moving on around the infield, it’s time to take a look at the NL Central’s second basemen.

It’s the first of the middle infield positions and one where offensive performance is rare. Usually teams prefer to have a better defensive player at second base rather than someone who is a pure offensive threat.

However, to that there are the rare exceptions, such as Atlanta’s Dan Uggla who is a second baseman by name only, his official position should read “Hitter.”

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NL Central Preview: First Base

Finally continuing my NL Central Preview as I look at first basemen. My life was way busy over the past two weeks but now back at home with the snow falling outside I’m left with nothing to do but write, so that is what I shall do.

The NL Central is packed with good first baseman. The field is led by one of the best players of all time in Albert Pujols and right behind him is Joey Votto. But you can’t forget Prince Fielder up in Milwaukee either.

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