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: [click to continue…]
The Cardinals non-tender RHP John Axford, making him a free agent. They tender contracts to OF Jon Jay, OF Peter Bourjos, and IF Daniel Descalso.
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. [click to continue…]
Some readers may remember last year I wrote about Cardinals’ minor league shortstop Vance Albitz and his Gloves 4 Troops drive. This morning I got thinking about it wondering if he’s doing it again this offseason. So I headed over to his site and it sure looks like he is.
What Albitz does is collect gloves and baseballs (or money to help buy/ship them) and then he sends them overseas to troops.
If you are interested in seeing how you can help, you can check out more information at his website gloves4troops.com and follow him on Twitter at @VanceAlbitz.
Kevin Reynolds and I host this week’s UCB Radio and discuss the Jhonny Peralta signing, the David Freese trade, and other things related to Cardinal baseball. Listen to the podcast here: