This morning it was revealed that Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has exercised the exit option in his managerial contract and is now a free agent. Maddon was entering the final year of a three year extension and the team had tried to reach another deal with Maddon. While there is not yet any official information on where Maddon is going, it’s doubtful to think that he made this move without an idea of a plan in place.
2014 Major League Stats: .200/.333/.267, 0 HR, 2 RBI in 9 G
2014 Minor League Stats: .286/.370/.494, 21 HR, 87 RBI in 135 G in AAA
2015 Role: First Baseman for Triple-A Memphis
A legitimate right handed power threat, Xavier Scruggs has hit 20+ home runs in the minor leagues in each of the last five seasons. This year he made the jump to Triple-A Memphis and continued crushing the ball posting career highs in batting average, slugging, doubles, triples, hits and even brought the strikeouts down to boot. He had a terrific year for the Redbirds and played a core role in their lineup all season until his September promotion in the middle of their postseason run to provide support for Matt Adams.
2014 Major League Stats: 4.68 ERA, 29 G, 25.0 IP, 1.52 WHIP
2014 Minor League Stats: 0.00 ERA, 7 G, 7.2 IP, 0.52 WHIP
2015 Role: Reliever in the Major Leagues
It wasn’t exactly a storybook ending for Jason Motte in St. Louis. Before the 2013 season, Motte signed a 2 year, $12 million deal with St. Louis. He would end up having Tommy John surgery during Spring Training and didn’t throw a single pitch during the 2013 season. In the mean time he launched the “K Cancer” movement that has gained a number of followers around the Cardinals and now even Major League Baseball this season. He returned this year, struggling to find the velocity that had made him one of baseball’s most feared late inning relievers in 2011 and 2012.
2014 Major League Stats: .143/.333/.214, 0 HR, 1 RBI in 14 games
2014 Minor League Stats: .275/.358/.385, 8 HR, 41 RBI in 110 games in AA/AAA
2015 Role: Infielder for Triple-A Memphis
Greg Garcia didn’t have quite the season I expected for him in a second season with Memphis. Personally, I was hoping he would find his way to St. Louis last offseason, replacing Daniel Descalso off the bench. My hopes remain the same for this season, but with Mozeliak’s designs to bring back all his arbitration eligible players next year, the odds are looking slim. He did get a little bit of an opportunity with St. Louis, coming up two different times. I like to note that he was hit by pitch in walk off fashion on May 13th and then optioned to Memphis after the game. Upon his return on August 19th, we also won that game on a walk off hit by pitch, but not Garcia this time. Continue reading
Let me preface this post saying that I am a massive Jon Jay fan. If you asked me who my favorite Cardinal on the current roster was, it’s unanimously Jon Jay. With Allen Craig playing for the Red Sox now, he doesn’t even have a threat. I don’t even have to think about it. But I think it’s time for the Cardinals to trade Jon Jay while they can because his 2014 performance will not be duplicated. Here’s why.