UCB Radio: December 18, 2013

Tara Wellman of Aaron Miles’ Fastball sat in with me this week in the final UCB Radio of the year. We talked about the Mark Ellis signing, the odd man out of the roster, the new rules about plays at the plate, and Chris Carpenter future GM? Listen to the podcast version here:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ivieleagueproductions/2013/12/19/ucb-radio-hour

Ellis signs

The Cardinals agree to terms with free agent 2B/3B Mark Ellis on a one-year deal.

So here’s a crazy idea

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.  [click to continue…]

Non tendered targets for the Cardinals

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…]

Cardinals non-tender Axford

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.