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Astros claim Ryan Jackson off waivers from Cardinals

Nov 21, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

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For much of the season Cardinals fans complained that the team never gave Triple-A shortstop Ryan Jackson a shot to replace Pete Kozma and now he’ll never get the chance.

He was claimed off waivers by the Astros, whose general manager Jeff Luhnow ran the Cardinals’ farm system when Jackson was drafted in the fifth round.

Jackson hardly projects as an impact player, but he’s considered a quality defensive shortstop and has hit .275 with a .714 OPS in 238 games at Triple-A. Last time the Astros claimed a Cardinals shortstop it was Tyler Greene and that didn’t go so well, but Jackson probably has a pretty good opportunity to win an Opening Day roster spot in Houston.

  1. modernishfather - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    More deck chair shuffling on the Titanic.

  2. bfunk1978 - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Jeff Luhnow just collecting more pieces of his stuff that he left behind when he and the Cardinals got divorced.

  3. jvandever007 - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Good luck with that

  4. paperlions - Nov 21, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    The weirdest thing about Jackson being waived is that pretty much every scouting organization thinks Jackson is already a better player than Kozma and that Jackson was a better player than Kozma heading into 2013. Kozma is freaking horrible. I have no idea why he is even on the 40-man roster at this point.

    • okwhitefalcon - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      I think that was general consensus about everywhere as early as the beginning of 2012, things obviously changed from the Cards vantage point.

      It said a lot early this year when Jackson was off to a hot start and the Cards didn’t even bother giving him a look, his second half was beyond pitiful and he was closer to be waived (as he obviously was yesterday) than being called up.

      As for Kozma still being on the 40 still, it’s fairly obvious – they have no one high enough in the organization they think is any better – and that’s frightening.

      • paperlions - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        Yeah, that is truly scary.

    • gibbyfan - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      You always say that the Cardinal management knows far more about the players than we do.

      • paperlions - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        They do, but their decisions usually make sense. Nothing they have done about SS, specifically with Kozma, has been explainable after the fact….usually, even moves I hated worked out and looked smarter later. They were about to DFA Kozma in the middle of 2012, but didn’t….and he’s been sucking ever since.

      • okwhitefalcon - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        They do, a lot more than anyone from Baseball Prospectus, ESPN or any blogger with a MilB subscription.

        They see the player every day and use every possible resource to evaluate accordingly.

        Not to say they haven’t missed, especially on the major league front – (Wiggy, Cedeno, etc) but their intel is far beyond what the random “scout” bases their opinions on.

      • gibbyfan - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:59 PM

        I think with Kozma they got a little broadsided by Furcal going down too…….no doubt they will do something this year. I just hope they don’t do anything foolish and hold out for a fair deal which they have done so well in the past.

  5. chadjones27 - Nov 21, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Asked for comment, Jackson told reporters, “… fuuuuck”

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