Exit Interview: Pete Kozma

2014 Major League Stats: .304/.385/.435, 0 HR, 0 RBI in 14 G
2014 Minor League Stats: .248/.330/.372, 8 HR, 54 RBI in 117 G in AAA
2015 Role: Bench for St. Louis

It might have sucked a little bit to be Pete Kozma this year. After being the starting shortstop for the Cardinals all last season, Kozma was relegated to Triple-A Memphis after the signing of Jhonny Peralta. It could have been easy to excuse him for to lose motivation, but he seems to have not done that. He put together a solid season in Memphis, his best minor league year since he played in Single-A and was still, according to Baseball Reference, younger than the average Triple-A player.

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Exit Interview: Kevin Siegrist

2014 Major League Stats: 6.82 ERA, 37 G, 30.1 IP, 1.58 WHIP
2014 Minor League Stats: 0.79 ERA, 11 G, 11.1 IP, 1.15 WHIP in AA/AAA
2015 Role: Reliever for St. Louis

It was a disappointing year for Kevin Siegrist to say the least. After a historic 2013 debut, Siegrist really struggled to find his footing in the Majors in 2014. He pitched solidly, but with occasional bouts of trouble, unlike last season where he just dominated. Near the end of May, Siegrist made a trip to the disabled list with a forearm strain. When he came back in July, he struggled posting a 12.38 ERA over 9 appearances and 8 innings of work before the team sent him back to Memphis for a couple weeks.

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Joe Maddon leaving the Rays

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.

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Exit Interview: Xavier Scruggs

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.

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Exit Interview: Jason Motte

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.

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