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Cardinals’ GM thinks the defense will be better

Dec 28, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

New York Yankees' first baseman Lance Berkman falls while chasing a foul ball hit by Texas Rangers' Ian Kinsler in the fourth inning during Game 5 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

Cardinals’ GM John Mozeliak thinks that team defense will be better in 2011:

“I’m of the belief that the defense question is being overstated. Overall, the idea that we’ve lessened our club that much defensively I guess I understand from the comment that we traded Brendan. But I don’t see the big change. I think this is going to be a good defensive club, if not better.”

OK. In addition to getting read of Brendan Ryan, who was probably the best shortstop in baseball last season, Mozeliak has given eight million bucks to Lance Berkman to be his starting right fielder. The same Lance Berkman who hasn’t played much if any outfield for four or five years and wasn’t particularly good at it back when he did.

Hey, I have no problem with a team deciding that it needs to sacrifice some defense in order to upgrade the bats, but man, just don’t go pretending that your team D is going to improve when you do it.

  1. paperlions - Dec 28, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    This is a grating comment. Either he thinks the fans are ignorant, or he is ignorant. Neither is a pleasing option for Cardinal fans….based on the moves this off-season, I would lean toward the latter of those options. Currently, we are looking at an infield with three poor defenders and a gaping hole in RF. I’m sure the pitching staff will be pleased.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 28, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    It’s an insulting statement, definitely.

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