I was doing some reading earlier this afternoon during a slow stretch at work and it was talking about how the Braves’ GM Frank Wren would like to trade Dan Uggla this offseason. Uggla, 33, has been a disaster for the Braves, being left off last season’s postseason roster because of his .179 batting average, in spite of his 22 home runs.
The problem for the Braves is that he’s owed $26 million through the 2015 season, $13 million per year.
So here’s my crazy idea: If you could get him fairly cheap and get the Braves to foot some of the bill, would it be worth having Dan Uggla on the bench in St. Louis?
Last season Uggla hit .179 with 22 home runs. By the time the season ended he’d lost his starting job at second base. The Braves would likely be willing to give him away for some salary relief. That’s where the Cardinals come in. Continue reading
Thanks to last night’s arbitration tender deadline, there are 43 new free agents hitting the marketplace. Those would be 21 pitchers, 10 infielders, 9 outfielders, and 3 catchers. With the Cardinals keeping a close eye on a right handed second baseman to pair up with Wong and perhaps play around the infield, lets take a look at those who may fit the Cardinals’ needs.
There were 10 infielders that I’ve qualified based on positions played and handedness. We’re looking for right handed hitting or switch hitting infielders who can play second base and I won’t begrudge them if they can play shortstop either.
That left me six new additions to the market that could be worth the consideration of Cardinals’ brass as they look to make an addition to the bench over the next few weeks. Starting in no particular order: Continue reading
This weekend Cardinals’ fans were able to give thanks that most of their team’s offseason shopping list were checked off thanks to the brilliant moves of John Mozeliak. Rather than slow playing the offseason, Mozeliak struck quickly as he dealt David Freese and Fernando Salas, acquired Peter Bourjos, and signed Jhonny Peralta.
So what now?
The moves that Mozeliak made were huge for the Cardinals organization as far as the team they put on the field for 2014. While the 2013 edition of the Cardinals got some coverage for being the best defensive team in the National League, they came up short in the range department. Carlos Beltran was limited in right field. Jon Jay just wasn’t the same this year. Matt Carpenter was playing a whole new position. And Pete Kozma is, well, Pete Kozma.
The moves that he made allow Matt Carpenter to move to third base where he is a better defender than Freese. The move opens up second base for Kolten Wong, who should have the tools to be a gold glove candidate in the future. They also acquired Peter Bourjos who is the best defensive outfielder in baseball and you can make the case for best defensive player in baseball since he arrived in 2010. Continue reading
104 days until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. For fans of 28 other teams, that coundown had already begun. For Cardinals’ fans, it begins now.
Last night the Red Sox did what they did all series long. Pulled a rabbit out of their hat.
The entire series they didn’t hit well. In fact, only David Ortiz had more hits than games that were played in the World Series. But they got the hits when they needed them. Something the Cardinals were unable to do.
In Game 4, it was Jonny Gomes (2-for-17) getting a home run. In Game 5, it was David Ross (3-for-16) getting a double. In Game 6, it was Shane Victorino (2-for-13) knocking a triple off the green monster with the bases loaded. Continue reading
Have you ever? No I’ve never! The was the reaction of the baseball world after last night’s game ending obstruction call in Game 3 of the World Series.
After throwing out the potential winning run in Yadier Molina at the plate for the second out of the bottom of the 9th, Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia saw Allen Craig advancing to third and fired off a throw. His throw went wide as third baseman Will Middlebrooks dove, trying to snag the errant throw as Craig slid safely into third base. The still injured Craig worked his way back to his feet and tripped over a still outstretched Middlebrooks. He worked his way over Middlebrooks, continued home, and was thrown out by a couple feet at home.
Extra innings, right?
Third base umpire Jim Joyce had signaled obstruction on the play when Craig tripped over Middlebrooks at third. That mean that Craig was a protected runner until he reached the next base. In this case, that was home plate for the game winning run.
Was it the way you want to end a World Series game? No. Was it the right call? Yes. Continue reading