The Cardinals option LHP Sam Freeman, OF Joey Butler, SS Greg Garcia and SS Aledmys Diaz to minor league camp. They also outrighted RHP Angel Castro, removing him from the 40 man roster.
MLB Trade Rumors was reporting last night based on information from ESPN New York that the Cardinals have made shortstop Pete Kozma available on the trade market. With Jhonny Peralta set to take over for him at shortstop this year, Pete Kozma looks like he may not even make the major league club this spring and be relegated to Triple-A Memphis.
What might Kozma net in a trade? The answer is not much.
Consider that Brendan Ryan was coming off a very similar offensive campaign in 2010 when the Cardinals traded him to the Mariners for Maikel Cleto. Ryan’s OPS+ that season was 57, compared to Kozma’s 54 OPS+ this last season. Meanwhile, Ryan is easily the better defensive shortstop. Continue reading
The Cardinals optioned LHP Tyler Lyons to minor league camp.
“You could easily ride on what you’ve done, but don’t buy into a lot of stuff that you’re hearing. There are other guys working everyday to get better. Make sure you’re doing the same.”
- Mike Matheny on what he told Oscar Taveras after he was optioned to minor league camp. (Link)
The Cardinals option OF Oscar Taveras, RHP Eric Fornataro, and C Audry Perez to minor league camp.
The Cardinals have optioned RHP Angel Castro, OF Mike O’Neill, and OF Rafael Ortega to minor league camp. They have also assigned RHP Boone Whiting, RHP Kurt Heyer, 3B Patrick Wisdom, C Carson Kelly, C Casey Rasmus, and C Cody Stanley to minor league camp.