The story. With Memphis’ season coming to an end following last night’s loss to the Durham Bulls in the Triple-A Championship Game, the Cardinals added a couple players to their roster for the final 12 games of the season.
The numbers. Aledmys Diaz struggled this season in St. Louis both offensively and defensively and ultimately lost his starting shortstop job to Paul DeJong. Diaz hit .260/.293/.396 with seven home runs over 71 games for the Cardinals this season and had a -10 defensive runs saved in 589 innings at shortstop.
That led to a mid-season demotion for Diaz who hit .253/.305/.388 with four home runs for Memphis and he also picked up playing time at second base and third base in an effort to make himself more versatile for the eventual return trip.
For Josh Lucas, this will be his second trip to St. Louis. He allowed three earned runs over two appearances in his previous stint with the club. He finished out his season in Memphis with a 3.15 ERA over 60 innings including 17 saves and 32 games finished.
The impact. 4/10. The season is effectively over at this point, but it is still important for both of these guys.
For Diaz, after the struggles this season and his high price tag, he is a prime non-tender candidate in November since he made $2.5 million this year and is limited by how much of a pay cut he could take to stay. He needs to come up and put together a strong two weeks whenever he gets an opportunity to find the field to make the Cardinals’ decision more difficult or to showcase himself for his next team.
For Lucas, the Cardinals’ bullpen has a lot of questions for next year and putting together a strong couple weeks to finish out the season could go a long way towards laying the groundwork to take a spot next spring.