Axford acquired

The Cardinals acquire RHP John Axford from the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named later.

UCB Radio: August 28, 2013

Chris Mallonee and I host this week’s UCB Radio on short notice as we discuss tonight’s stomping of Wainwright among other topics.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ivieleagueproductions/2013/08/29/ucb-radio-hour

Rzepczynski traded

The Cardinals trade LHP Marc Rzepczynski to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league shortstop Juan Herrera.

Rzepczynski gets the call

The Cardinals have recalled LHP Marc Rzepczynski from Memphis. RHP Carlos Martinez was optioned to make room.

Comparing Pete Kozma and Alexei Ramirez

There’s been a lot of discussion over the past few days about Alexei Ramirez and Pete Kozma since a Chicago Tribune article indicated that the Cardinals have attempted to pry Ramirez away from the White Sox. Bernie Miklasz, Derrick Goold, and other writers have weighed in on their opinions. Most call Kozma the better defensive shortstop and Ramirez only slightly less worse than Kozma at the plate. And sure, I’ll admit that when you look at the numbers on the surface, Kozma does appear to be the better fielder.

Kozma has committed just 4 errors and an 11.0 UZR/150. Ramirez has 17 errors and an 8.5 UZR/150.

So yeah, when you look at the numbers, Kozma has better statistics than Ramirez. But what do those statistics really mean? [click to continue…]