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Cardinals sign infielder Alex Cora to minor-league contract

Feb 6, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

Alex Cora

Alex Cora‘s deal with the Cardinals is official, with Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reporting that the veteran utility infielder agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Last week Cora announced his retirement from winter ball in Puerto Rico and Goold notes that he was thinking about going into coaching, but instead he’ll try to earn a spot on the Cardinals’ bench at age 37.

Cora has had a remarkable career, sticking around for 14 seasons despite getting more than 400 plate appearances just three times and topping a .700 OPS just three times. And none of those have come since 2004.

He hit .224 with a .562 OPS in 91 games for the Nationals last season, which was actually better than he hit in 2010 for the Mets and Rangers. His primary competition for a bench gig may be Tyler Greene, depending on if Daniel Descalso or Skip Schumaker starts at second base.

  1. takingbovadasmoney - Feb 6, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    I thought he would get a big league deal. I saw him the other day and he is in the best shape of his life.

  2. natstowngreg - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    LaRussa is gone, but the Cards’ pursuit of below replacement level middle infoelders continues. I know Cards fans who still cringe at the mention of Aaron Miles.

    • natstowngreg - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:35 PM

      The Cards are also interested in middle infielders.

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