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Cardinals trade David Freese to Angels for Peter Bourjos

Nov 22, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Well, that progressed from rumor to trade in a hurry. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Angels have traded center fielder Peter Bourjos and outfield prospect Randal Grichuk to the Cardinals for third baseman David Freese and reliever Fernando Salas.

Obviously the Angels are betting that Freese will bounce back following a down 2013 and the Cardinals were willing to let him go because they have prospect Kolten Wong ready to take over at second base with Matt Carpenter shifting to third base. Meanwhile, the arrival of Bourjos presumably means Jon Jay will be on the way out of St. Louis at some point.

Freese hit .262 with nine homers and a .721 OPS in 138 games this year, which is 60 points of OPS below his career mark. Salas will likely slide into a middle relief role for the Angels after posting a 3.42 ERA and 186/69 K/BB ratio in 192 innings for the Cardinals.

Bourjos is a career .251 hitter with a .704 OPS, which is about 50 points below Jay’s lifetime mark, but the gap between them defensively is huge. Grichuk was the Angels’ first-round pick in 2009 and has shown good power with questionable strike-zone judgment while advancing to Double-A.

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Following yesterday’s report that the Angels are talking to the Cardinals about third baseman David Freese, now Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the other side of the deal may involve center fielder Peter Bourjos.

St. Louis is looking to replace Jon Jay, who’s getting expensive and coming off a brutal postseason performance defensively, and Bourjos is one of the truly elite defensive center fielders in baseball. Of course, on the Angels he could be replaced in center field by some guy named Mike Trout.

  1. baseballici0us - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    That’s terrible for the Angels. Freese, although I really like him, is on his way down whereas Bourjos has a lot of potential.

    • ezthinking - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      “Bourjos has a lot of potential” to continue to be injured. Speed guys with leg problems are near worthless. Getting Freese is at least something.

      • mick2014 - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        The Cardinals are just getting way to cheap. Freese had 1 bad yr but who hasn’t? Ballplayers aren’t robots programmed to have all star seasons every year. Way to give up on the hometown hero and the reason why you won the 2011 World Series.

      • spudchukar - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:39 PM

        Last time I checked the wrist was part of the arm.

      • ezthinking - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        2013 – He blew a hamstring in April, came back, broke a wrist.

        2012 Hip injury.

        Top steal performance 22 in 2011. 41 in his career.

        Career .251/.306/.398 .704

      • drone501 - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        hero to bum in 2 yr. say it ain’t so.

    • doctornature - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      The Angels have learned to corner the market on bad trades/FA signings. How the GM still has a job, even though the billboard king signed Pujols/Hamilton…well, he will probably trade Trout so he can extend Blanton and Tommy Hanson LOL

      • brockohol - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        Yeah, if Im any GM and the Angels come calling Im all ears. Even if it looks bad on paper you know it will somehow work out bad for the Angels.

      • dondada10 - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        I remember when the Rays traded Kazmir for Sean Rodriguez.

      • bender4700 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        Arte Moreno signed Pujols and Hamilton.

        Dipotto wanted Greinke.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      Really don’t like this trade for my Halos. Bourjos is worth more than they got.

    • kylewo - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      Yeah, as a Cards fan Freese was as sentimental favorite, but are the Angels on acid? This was a coup for Mozeliak. Add in Grichuck, and you have to wonder if they are on crack as well. Great deal for the Cardinals.

    • okwhitefalcon - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      To put this into perspective from a Cards standpoint, it’s a good deal all around.

      They made one move and improved themselves defensively at 3 positions, 2 positions offensively, saved $4 million and let loose of no pitching.

      Time will tell of course but it looks pretty damn good right now.

      • disbeme1 - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:32 PM

        I do not think MO is done. now he has a lot of starting pitchers and a lot of outfielders, especially if Adams is to take 1st with Craig going to OF. this was just a stop to free 3rd base and get some bargaining chips with either existing cards or these new cards.

        Need to wait and see what else happens or to many OF with current roster and prospects coming…

    • drewsylvania - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      This is a good deal for the Angels only if Bourjos can’t hit anymore (which is a possibility given his wrist injury).

      • ezthinking - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:21 PM

        When did Bourjos ever hit?

      • spudchukar - Nov 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        2011. 116 OPS+, 26 doubles, 11 triples, 12 HRs, and 26 stolen bases.

    • stevequinn - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      Freese had trouble with a bad back for much of 2013. I think the change in scenery is going to help him out a lot. Gives him a “fresh start” with the Angels. I believe his numbers in 2014 will be more like his 2012 numbers. It’s a good trade for both teams. I really like it because it means John Jay will NOT be in CF for the Cardinals anymore.

  2. gibbyfan - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    I Would just as soon keep Freese as pull the trigger on this one…………Didnt thinnk jay was either expensive or poor defensively………Cards could deal with this problem –if it is a problem –in house. Save Frees for a more pressing need–

    • paperlions - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      Like what? Value-wise this would be a great deal.

      Freese is past 30 and moves more like he’s in his late 30s. He should be useful for another year, but then he’ll be too expensive to tender a contract and he’s not worth extending…..and Jay is not a good defensive CF. He has a noodle arm, poor range, refuses to take charge on balls in the gaps or pop ups behind 2nd, and takes some rather adventurous routes to balls. He is great at catching the balls he gets to, which makes him look better than he is.

      Bourjos will be 27 next year, is fast, an elite defensive player, plus base runner, and should hit similar to Jay.

      • gibbyfan - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        We have Traveras coming up and could even give shane Robinson a try……….I don’t think CF is a pressing need………..

      • paperlions - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        Robinson seems to be a much better defender than Jay, but he seems best suited to be a bench player.

        I agree that Taveras is a CF option for a couple of years, where he may be close to average, but he could be a plus defender in RF.

        Having 3 below average to horrible OFers last year really hurt, they were great at turning should-be outs into singles or doubles, and should-be singles into doubles and triples. OF defense is still important, and upgrading it is one of the few ways available to improve the team.

      • paperlions - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        There really isn’t anything else more useful that Freese could be traded for….he won’t bring a decent SS….1/2 the league doesn’t have a decent SS, the price for one would be a lot higher than Freese.

      • moseskkim - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        lol at noodle arm. i really lol’ed. i imagined a noodle arm wavering. haha

      • spudchukar - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        Great no. OK, I guess. I wrote about this yesterday, cause I figured this was the most obvious option. Bourjos is a supreme defender. But Robinson is awfully good too, and probably possesses a better arm, although not measurably.

        I do not agree that Bourjois will hit as well as Jay. Maybe as well as 2013, but Jay had a down year, and there is no certainty that he couldn’t get back to. If the Cards are convinced the 2011 Bourjos is the real deal, then the deal is okay, of course the Angels could say the same about Freese.

        The question then goes, what to do with Jay, unless he is part of the deal. According to what I have read this deal does not include Aybar, so it is hard to believe Jay would be included cause Bourjos/Freese is pretty much straight up, maybe a lower level prospect from the Angels but not anyone of significance.

        I dunno, something tells me we already have Bourjos in Robinson.

      • paperlions - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        Bourjos is an ELITE defensive CF. Robinson is just a guy. Defensively, they are not the same at all. The risk is Bourjos’ bat and health.

        I still think they should just go after Ellsbury. Even if (really, when) the back end becomes a bad deal, it sill won’t be long enough or expensive enough to be an albatross…..and they DO have money to spend, I’d rather see them spend money than trade talent.

      • spudchukar - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        If this move is serious, one has to wonder about Taveras. Is he in play for a SS? If so he had better be darned good, and outside of Tulo, I don’t know who fits that description, particularly with Texas recent trade.

        As promising as Taveras may be, it is hard to see him replacing anybody. Craig, no way. Adams, perhaps, but that is not a guarantee. If Bourjos is acquired I don’t see where Taveras fits in.

      • paperlions - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        If Bourjos is acquired, I think Jay moves to the bench or it is a quasi platoon situation with Jay.

        Still, would seem odd to reduce IF depth to improve OF depth….just moving the hole around, not really filling one.

        I kind of doubt Tarveras starts the year in the majors, but I would hope he was ready by mid-year if they need him.

      • spudchukar - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        You under estimate Robinson’s defensive abilities. He may not measure up to Bourjos, but he is not “just a guy”, he can go get the ball too. I like Bourjos, I’m just not convinced the Cards plus Bourjos, is better than the Cards minus Bourjos, with Freese, Jay, and Robinson.

        But if Taveras has to go to get a SS then it makes more sense, although I have no idea what Big League SS outside of Tulo is worth Taveras, and that includes the duo in Texas.

      • paperlions - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        Well, Jay isn’t even “just a guy” as a CFer and for some reason the Cardinals leave him in CF and put Robinson in a corner. I love Shane’s speed and he looks far better than Jay in the OF, much rangier, quicker, and confident going after the ball. Sometimes their player usage confuses me (like sticking with Kozma for so long), but they know more than we do…..so, I’ll just complain and hope they are making good decisions….they prove me wrong a lot.

      • spudchukar - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        Now that the speculation is over, who goes, Jay or Robinson. Depends on Taveras. If he stays in AAA, then Jay probably stays, but there isn’t room for all three. Kinda sucks to be Shane Robinson.

      • paperlions - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        Yeah, I imagine Jay or Robinson goes when Taveras comes up. Jay should still be pretty cheap, I would think, and would give them OF depth they need….not sure they would keep 5 OFers with 4&5 being Jay since Craig could slide to RF if need be.

        Looks like the prospect the Cardinals got in the deal is a power hitting OFer with crappy plate discipline.

        I guess this means no Ellsbury. :-(

      • spudchukar - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        I know you were hoping hard for Ellsbury, and for good reason, but I think it just clouds things unless Taveras is moved. Now spend the bucks sign Drew, and sit back and let the rest of Baseball drool.

      • paperlions - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        I don’t think Taveras is going anywhere, I think this just moves Jay to the bench or to a platoon situation. At this point, if they trade for a SS, I think pitching will be the primary piece….but yeah, with the money they have available and so many young guys still years away from arbitration (much less FA), a 3 year deal for Drew is pretty reasonable even if it is a bit of an overpay.

      • spudchukar - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        Yeah, Bourjos is only making 1.1 mil. And even if they move Jay later, after a Taveras successful call-up they save cash their too.

        I say overpay too. It is only 3 years, there aren’t any other viable options, and they certainly have plenty of coin saved.

        Maybe still look for a right-handed hitting utility guy, send Kozma back to AAA, in case of injury (he is still an above average defender) and hold on to all the pitching.

        If the Cards don’t end up trading a pitcher, I am liquidating all assets heading to Vegas and putting it all on Memphis.

      • paperlions - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        LMAO….can you bet on who wins the AAA championship?

      • spudchukar - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        I don’t know, was hoping you might know. But my guess is they would figure out a way to take your money.

    • okwhitefalcon - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      The deal makes sense, it’s a massive defensive upgrade in CF for the Cards with the possibility of offensive upside.

      Unfortunately Freese’s time was up in STL for a multitude of reasons – advancing age, inflated contract, health issues.. ect.

      Good luck to Freese in LA, I hope he bounces back.

      Time for Wong to step up, let’s see what ya got.

  3. dwrek5 - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Am I the only one that thinks having a time share of Carp, Freese and Wong could work? Obviously Carp playing everyday at 2nd or 3rd and mixing and matching Freese and Wong. Or is that too expensive?

    • paperlions - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      No, you aren’t. I think that may be the fall-back plan….in other words, they don’t have to trade Freese, he won’t be that expensive next year….but odds are his trade value will be gone after next year, he’ll have 1 more arb year left (I think) and there is a chance that it will be clear that age and injuries have caught up to him. So…I think they are seeing what they can get for him now while he still has some value. I don’t think they will deal him just to deal him, but I think they will if they think it’ll improve the roster.

      • spudchukar - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        Agree here. We have money to burn, or we are going to become the Rays/Pirates. So cash should not enter the equation. But PL is probably correct about Freese, and future value. Some teams may believe 2014 will be a bounce back year for him, but I agree with his assessment of Freese’s diminishing skills. Perhaps he was more hurt than was suggested. But then it is hard to see why he seems to be on the block, and a second 2013 in 2014 will make him hard to move for anything of value.

        The question is are the Cards better with with Freese, Jay, and Robinson. Or with Bourjos, Jay, and Robinson, and whomever they can acquire with Jay or Robinson. It is a tough call, but unless Jay is an integral part in a deal to acquire a SS, I don’t see the huge upside. Kinda Meh.

    • brockohol - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Im with you! Who says Wong is ready to be full time next year? Cards fans bitched non stop by our lack of bench yet they want to get rid of a guy who would be the ideal in that role.

      I envisioned the infield next year including Freese who could play 3rd once a week (maybe more if Wong is not panning out and you move Carp to 2nd) and then even play some 1B if a lefty is on the mound and you need to get Adams out of there.

      I dont like the “not worth what he cost” thing either. Arbitration will get him what…4-5mil? Wouldnt you take Freese for 4-5 over freaking Ty Wiggington and whatever else bag of D’s you got on the bench for the same amount?

  4. phillyupperdecker - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    I think a move that makes alot of sense here is the Phillies sending Cody Asche to the Angels for Peter Bourjos. This move give the Phillies a 4th OF in Bourjos or even a starting CF if he wins the job over the light hitting Ben Revere. It also opens up 3B for top prospect Maikel Franco.

    Ideally, i’ve been hoping to see a Trumbo and Bourjos deal for the Phillies and the Phillies somehow unloading Ryan Howard moving Trumbo to 1B and giving them a RH power bat in the middle of the lineup.

    • aphillieated - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      Agreed.

    • ryanrockzzz - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      It made total sense and you didn’t have to throw money at it, which is exactly why Ruben didn’t get it done.

  5. nsstlfan - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    I think this would be a great deal for the Cards then you could include Jay in a trade for a shortstop

  6. missingdiz - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Jay didn’t have a great year last year, but still he wasn’t a liability. I don’t think replacing him with Bourjos would make the Cards a better team. Bourjos’s speed would be a great asset, but he doesn’t get on base enough. And if the Cards are going to dump people who had a poor post-season, I don’t know if anybody will be left from the lineup. Shane Robinson played above expectations, so he’ll stay, I guess.
    This rumor just doesn’t make sense, I’m not buying it.

    • gibbyfan - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      I agree completely Diz……… Granted -Jay doesn’t have a great arm but he is not a defensive liability by any means………as I said above considering having traveras coming up this makes no sense to me whatsoever…..I mean Frwwse is 30 not 38

      • paperlions - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        In CF, Jay is a defensive liability. He was pretty horrible out there all year, and his arm is really really weak.

        With respect to Freese, last year he moved like an old man, he’s not that athletic (for a pro athlete), and it is always better to sell on a guy one year too early than one year too late. I doubt Freese has any more than 1 good year left in him the way he looked last year.

        The Cardinals aren’t stupid, they are not dumping anyone because of a poor post-season. Freese had a poor 2013 and long-term health is a huge concern. His defense was horrible last year. Same with Jay, his defense was horrible last year. On a good team, Jay should be a 4th OF, not a starting CF.

    • gibbyfan - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      You know I watch my share of Cardinal games and it didn’t strike me that Jay would really be a defensive liability, except for a week arm…..but in response to comments I went on Fan Graphs to see how they had him rated……….I’m not saying I am a big believer in all the stats and metrics, but assuming all this is reasonably meaningful it would be quite an eye opener and I woul dhave to give paper his due as Jay was like on page 5 of that list………….but having said that Bourgeous was also way way down in the rankings………..if you go by this the Cards should be trying to get Rasmus back……..I think he rated out higher than Cutch……..Not sure how much stock can be put in this…..to me Jay didnt seem that bad—for example just by watching the games it is crystal clear that Holiday is world class awful

    • apkyletexas - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      I only watched about 6 Cards games this year, but Jay was a disaster in the field in half of them. Multiple singles were turned into doubles on him. Either he is really not MLB-quality, or he only plays bad when I’m watching for some strange reason.

      The difference between Jay and Andrew McCutchen is remarkable. Balls that McCutchen would easily catch on the fly were getting past Jay and to the wall. Official scorekeepers don’t charge you with an error if you just can’t run and can’t get to a ball, but it hurts your team all the same.

  7. losanginsight - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Sounds like a trade Lil Jerry would do. Why try to get one of the young starting pitchers when you can get a flash in the pan type of player like Fresse? The halos are a joke. You can pencil them in for another 3rd pace finish next year.

  8. sportsmanspark - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Even though it was a small sample size in 2013 for the Angles, he didn’t hit well vs Lefties, and at this point if the Cards bring in anyone who hits right-handed they HAVE to mash lefty pitching. Unreal how the Cards can struggle so mightily against Lefties for what feels like 5 years now. While I am slightly kidding…not really.

  9. jvandever007 - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Cards need speed and another right handed bat in the outfield so I’m ok with this move..if Wong would have hit at all last year Freese wouldn’t have even started in the playoffs

  10. ghostofjimlindeman - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    It’s a fair deal get er done.. Maybe toss in a decent minor league arm to the halos to make up for age gap between Bourjos and Freese.

    • spudchukar - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      Nah, if anything the Angels might have to throw in a so-so prospect. Bourjos hasn’t started much in LA for the past two years, and has been relegated to 4th outfielder, although injuries played a role in that.

  11. ghostofjimlindeman - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Freese may not get to retire a Cardinal, but he’ll never pay for another meal in this town again.

  12. losangelesfan - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Bourjos and Aybar for Freese and Lance Lynn.

  13. shawndc04 - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    MLB TradeRumors says the deal has been done.

  14. spudchukar - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Well then. Welcome Peter, with Holliday in left and Craig in right, you better rev up your motor cause if it is in the air it is yours. And to David, Thanks for the memories.

    • spudchukar - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      Well the deal is looking better. I researched this yesterday, Grichuk that is. Salas was going to find it hard to find a role, with Freeman a better option. What I am not sure of is whether the Cards have to protect him. The Rule 5 details are ever changing.

      But I liked what I read about Grichuk, multiple skills, and gives the Cards an outfielder with legitimate punch.

    • missingdiz - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      Wow. They’re not wasting a lot of time these days. Good luck to Freese.

      I think they better keep Jay on the roster and give Taveras a long look in the spring. It’s also a problem that our current middle infielders (Kozma and Wong, I presume) could both be named Mendoza when it comes to hitting.

  15. westcoastredbird - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Anytime you can get rid of Fernando Salas it’s a good thing. Wonder who’ll be the new Imo’s Pizza talking head?

    • mscxvd - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      my guess is rosenthal, Ive seen him in some car commercials!

  16. sportsdrenched - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Crazy baseball week, and just think. The Winter Meetings aren’t even here yet.

  17. gibbyfan - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Well…..In my opinion this was not a good trade for the Cardinals…no point in any arguments back and forth because the deed is done and the results will tell the tale…. we shall now see… I hope I am wrong.

    • gibbyfan - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      More specifically, unless this is part of a bigger deal that MO is brewing up……If travveras comes up and is half what they think he migh tbe both JJ and PB will be spending a lot of time on the bench.
      To listen to some on here the Cardinals must have had the worst defense in all of baseball…….Kozma, Jay, Freese, Holiday(I agree on that one) Beltran………..my goodness how did this tema every get to the Worlds Series -

  18. markofapro - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    My analysis: Cardinals still have pitching and the Angels don’t.

  19. mjmarch47 - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Freese can be thankful next week that he isn’t a Miami Marlin.

    • mscxvd - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      yeah but now hes in LA where players go to die!

      • mjmarch47 - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        I thought that was Queens, New York.

      • mscxvd - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        no thats pergutory

      • mscxvd - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:45 PM

        no, queens is pergutory

  20. jkaflagg - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    This is why the Cardinals are perennial contenders and the Angels are the laughingstock of baseball…..

    What happened to trading for “young, controllable pitching” ? Guess a fading infielder and a disposable reliver was just too tempting to pass up….

  21. jeffa43 - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Lol… Halos GM …. What a maroon….

    Freese is going to be 31, and has been in constant decline.

    I will give Freese the benefit of the doubt, he could improve over last year and hit 10 home runs this year.

    And!!!!! The Halos gave away their #2 prospect in their organization. Halos have the worst minor league system …. And doing all they can to make sure they stay there.

    • mscxvd - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      other than last yr he honestly wasnt in decline… just sayin

      • jeffa43 - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:46 PM

        He has hit 43 home runs in 4 seasons, with 20 coming in 2011 where he went nuts for 6 weeks.
        Has a small trampoline for a glove….

        And 31 is about the time you start to see a decline.

        Just sayin….

    • mjmarch47 - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      A one year decline is not constant. Prior to last season, his stats were progressing each season.

    • ezthinking - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      Bourjos played 101 and then 55 games. If anything is in decline, it’s Bourjos health.

  22. 8man - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    This is the same club that let Pujols walk and then promptly played in the NLCS and World Series. They know what they are doing.

    They’ll be back in the playoffs this year. Get used to them, National League. They’ll be around for a long time.

    Go Sox!

  23. stevequinn - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    With Bourjos now the Cardinal CFer, I think this makes Matt Adams expendable. The Cardinal OF to start the season will probably be Holliday, Bourjos, and Taveras. That puts Craig at first base everyday. That’s a good thing for Craig.

    So now the Cardinals pressing need is a SS and I expect Adams will be used in a trade to obtain one. I don’t see Mozeliak spending money on a FA SS. Boras will want a ransom for Stephen Drew and Mo won’t pay it. And I don’t see him spending money on a 4-year deal for Peralta. So a new Cardinal SS is probably going to have to come via trade.

    The Orioles were willing to trade J.J. Hardy straight up for Shelby Miller. Thankfully Mozeliak is hanging on to Miller but that means Hardy could be available for another combination of Cardinals. If that’s the case, the Orioles wouldn’t want Adams because they have Davis at first base. Maybe a combination of Lynn or Kelly and a reliever could pry Hardy from the Orioles.

  24. mick2014 - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Any of Manny Ramirez offspring is not college material in terms of hitting the books. When Jr. is asked to bring up the grades to make the team he will quit just like his old man.

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