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Cardinals nearing minor league contract with Alex Cora

Feb 5, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

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Big news this Super Bowl Sunday. OK, not quite.

According to Jesse Sanchez of, the Cardinals are nearing agreement on a minor league deal with 36-year-old free agent infielder Alex Cora.

It’s not clear whether the pact will include an invitation to spring training, but Cora would be doutbful to crack St. Louis’ Opening Day roster anyway. He batted just .224/.287/.276 with zero homers and six RBI in 172 plate appearances last season and owns a dreadful .648 career OPS.

The Cardinals are likely to roll with an infield of David Freese (3B), Rafael Furcal (SS), Daniel Descalso (2B) and Lance Berkman (1B) this season, with Tyler Greene and Skip Schumaker serving as backups.

  1. dondada10 - Feb 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    His OPS may be dreadful, but he’s GRIT is through the roof.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 5, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      He has True Grit. He could play with only one eye on the ball.

  2. natsattack - Feb 5, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Guys, he won’t play. TLR is gone.

    • dondada10 - Feb 5, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      True. He was the perfect “bat 9th with the pitcher 8th” stick in the line-up for TLR.

  3. edub63012 - Feb 5, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Alex Cora should have been oug of baseball 5 years ago! Also, I wish NBC would stop reporting about mediocre players of his stature!

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