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The Cardinals trade for Ryan Theriot

Nov 30, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

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The Cardinals just acquired Ryan Theriot from Dodgers in exchange for righty Blake Hawksworth.

On one the one hand: sure.  The Cardinals need some help on the infield, as Brendan Ryan was just atrocious this year.

On  the other hand: Theriot ain’t exactly an All-Star himself, and his OPS was only marginally higher than Ryan’s this year: .606 to .573.

Theriot, once upon a time, had some decent on base skills, but he hasn’t flashed that for a while now.  He’s versatile in that he can play multiple positions.  At the same time, he was a non-tender candidate for the Dodgers and now the Cardinals are going to have to give him a raise from the $2.6 million he was making, no?  This couldn’t have waited a week?

Hawksworth will be 28 next season. A swingman with two seasons under his belt, the most recent of which was nothing special (4.98 ERA in 45 appearances with blah peripherals).

I guess the ultimate verdict on this trade will come when we see how many starts Theriot gets. If he’s a utility guy who is used all over the field, great, he has some value. If La Russa sees him as some sort of veteran savior and gives him 500+ plate appearances, well, I can’t see that going well for St. Louis.

Cubs fans ought to get a pretty big kick out of it though.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Nov 30, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Yeah, yeah musical chairs in the National League. Let’s get back to Beep-beep the Jete.

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Nov 30, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    I guess that’s one thing the Cubs fans can get a kick out of, since nothing else in Cubsdom is looking up, or even sideways…

  3. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Nov 30, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Oh these signings are getting ridiculous. Winn (whom I actually love. My friend described him as an ‘old dog that everybody likes’), Pedro Feliz, Filipe Lopez, Aaron Miles, and now Theriot. The Cards definitely need a bigger upgrade at second than they do at shortstop. I can’t get enough of Ryan’s defense and I think his bat could wake up to an acceptable level. He deserves another shot next year. Schumaker’s defense is terrible, and his bat was too for portions of last year. He’s not spectacular, anyway. I expect Theriot to get more starts than I’d like, and I will be calling for LaRussa’s head more than I am now.

  4. elmaquino - Nov 30, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    are you high? brendan was AWESOME at short in the SECOND half.

    after hitting just south of .300 last year, his offensive #s messed w/ his fielding, but he straightened it out later on. Best SS in the Bigs.

    • Alex K - Nov 30, 2010 at 7:24 PM

      I’ll assume you’re only talking defense. If so, think Tulo in Colorado and McDonald in Toronto might have a thing or two to say about that. They are both really, really good.

  5. paperlions - Nov 30, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Great. Another scrappy gamer white guy that can play multiple positions poorly and bring nothing to the offense. Throw in all of the extra double- and triple-moves this will allow LaRussa to do in the late innings and this move is a veritable cornucopia of annoying disappointment for Cardinal fans.

  6. mtner77 - Nov 30, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    ….”Another scrappy gamer white guy that can play multiple positions poorly and bring nothing to the offense”….

    Why bring race into it??

    • paperlions - Nov 30, 2010 at 9:14 PM

      Being a Cardinal fan, you begin to notice a distinct lack of flavor on the roster at times. They often are chock full of useless (or nearly useless) players that all look the same: Brendan Ryan (love his defense though), Skip, Aaron Miles, Tyler Greene, Freese, Stavinoha, Robinson, Mather, Jay….all of these guys “play the game the right way”, are LaRussa-type players, and do very little to help an MLB team win. Adding Theriot is just another in a long line of these guys.

  7. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 1, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    After seeing what Tejada and Uribe signed for and considering what those two will actually do, Theriot for $3M or so isn’t so bad. He’s solid enough defensively, and if he steals a few more bags, he’ll be more than worth it.

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