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Not all trades are big: The Cardinals traded for Edward Mujica

Jul 31, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

Look! A trade not involving the Phillies:


That would be the Cardinals getting Mujica from the Marlins. Cox is a Triple-A third baseman.

Mujica is 0-3 with a 4.38 ERA in 41 appearances this year. He has struck out 26 and walked 9 in 39 innings.  Cox is at Memphis, hitting .254/.294/.421 with 9 homers in 316 plate appearances.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    WoooHooo! Edward. Mujica. Yeeesh!

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      Do I detect a hint of sarcasm?

    • okwhitefalcon - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:16 AM

      It’s sounding like Trevor Rosenthal will be sent to Memphis and join the rotation there to make room for Mujica – nothing definite yet.

  2. geoknows - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Cox isn’t just “a AAA third baseman.” He’s the Cardinals 2010 first round pick. And they thought enough of him to give him a major league contract at the time. Yeah, he’s having a horrible year, and yeah, maybe he’s kinda blocked at 3B, bu the really should be a first baseman anyway, and teams don’t just give up on their recent first rounders for freakin’ middle relievers. Cardinals fans, what’s up with this, what we’re missing?

    • geoknows - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      Sheesh, proofread fail. I meant to say “what are we missing?”

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:25 PM

        Right there with you Geo. I anxiously await White Falcon and Paperlion’s take.
        Edward Mujica for your 2010 1st rounder. Wow.
        It screams making a move for the sake of making a move. It’s just bad.
        Edware Mujica? Really? Edward. Mujica. Unbelievable. Edward Mujica.

      • paperlions - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        Cox should be a solid player…he isn’t actually having a horrible year….he started off horribly, but he has done that at every stop…then once he figures things out, he hits really well. He was hitting in the 100s with a mid-200 OBP and a low .300 SLG not that long ago….then he adjusted to AAA and he’s been much better the last month.

        His defense pretty much sucks though, so he’s probably a corner OFer (but then, if Cabrera can stand at 3B and be called a third baseman, so can Cox)….may not hit enough to be an average 1B. I think the Cardinals traded him because of all their depth at the corners (both IF and OF)….they have Holliday and Beltran through next year, plus Carpenter (a natural 3B that is mostly playing out-of-position this year), Craig (also a natural 3B), Adams (a 1B that can totally mash), Piscotty (great hitting 2012 draftee that will probably an OFer in the majors), Wisdom (another 2012 draftee but will very solid 3B D and some bat to go with it), and Freese….and I’m probably missing someone in there.

        Anywho….I’m not wild about the trade, he should be a solid-average MLB 3B/RF (even if the Cardinals don’t have room for him)….and I’m not a fan of trading such resources for middling relievers (at least Mujica doesn’t walk guys, which is nice). This will probably play out like the Wallace trade….I’ll be disappointed for a bit, but then Cox will struggle and I’ll get over it.

      • paperlions - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        I just hope they make it past 4 PM without doing anything stupid….like trading Tarveras, Miller, Jenkins, Martinez, or Adams.

      • okwhitefalcon - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:46 PM

        Cox’s value had plummetted within the organization, basically a positionless college bat with little power potential. He was blocked at 3rd by both Freese and Carpenter and contrary to geoknows’ comment above, never projected to a first baseman – and even if he did had Carpenter, Matt Adams and Allen Craig in the way.

        Bright siding it, the Cards got a major league pitcher to potentially fill a spot of need in the bullpen for the 6th and 7th innings for a suspect who had no place to go in their organization who’s perceived value seemed to be on the decline.

        Dark siding it, another first round pick that will only contribute via his absence and another blow to the Cards growing list of inept high draft picks in the last few years.

      • paperlions - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:59 PM

        Falcon, take a look at any teams recent high draft picks and you’ll see mostly failure…there is a lot of room for “failure” between HS/college and MLB….no matter what a guy shows at those levels, you just never know when he reach his ceiling. The Cardinals have a top 5 farm system right now with a lot of depth, and along the way have managed to trade flawed prospects for something useful. Not sure how you can find something in there to be unhappy with….compared to how thing operated before, the trend is going in a fantastic direction.

      • okwhitefalcon - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:16 PM

        Oh ya, I agree with you and for the most part that’s why I don’t get attached to draft picks and don’t get freaked out when they flip them for major league talent.

        I do get a bit annoyed when the high round guys don’t develop but there’s alot of those in other organizations that don’t as well, very few reach their lofty expectations.

      • okwhitefalcon - Jul 31, 2012 at 9:07 PM

        Here’s a couple of tweets from Cards beat reporter Joe Strauss detailing the Cards first round misses of late, they definitely reinforce my prospect detachment syndrome.

        “For all the hype about ’05-’11 drafts, not much return on first rounders. Rentals and relievers.”

        “Cards have shed 3 first-rounders (Raz, Ottavino, Cox) in last 53 weeks. Kozma, T. Greene only remaining first-rounders from before ’09.”

  3. Old Gator - Jul 31, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Well, from the Feesh’s point of view, it probably counts as a wart removal followed by a cornea transplant. Nothing major or complicated. But the Feesh were probably attracted to the idea of a first baseman playing third base. Maybe not as much as they would have been to the idea of a shortstop playing third base, or a right fielder playing third base, or a right handed catcher playing third base and guarding the line with his prayers, but certainly this would appeal to them more than the idea of a third baseman playing third base. “Thous shalt have no third baseman playing third base” is the eleventh commandment as far as Scrooge McLoria is concerned. It’s actually inscribed in the mezuzeh on the door to his orifice.

    Oh, and Stlouis: congratulations on obtaining the Mujic Man. Bet you can’t guess who’s going to give up the walkoff home run that sinks the Cards in round one of the playoffs?

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      Everything was fine until you had to go all crazy town with the last couple of sentences Gator.
      Mujica will need to actually pitch to give it up. My guess…we just gave up a 2010 1st rounder (who has been in the minors for all of about 3 minutes) for a guy who won’t sniff much playing time.
      Unless Scrabble continues to struggle. And who knows…that could be one of the reasons they traded for the ever dominant “Mujic Man.”

  4. scratchnsniffnblog - Jul 31, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Heh. Cox.

  5. thejotapee - Jul 31, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    I love Cox.

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