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Cardinals interested in infielder Mark Ellis

Dec 10, 2013, 11:14 PM EDT

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The Cardinals got most of their offseason shopping done early this year, but the club still wants to add a right-handed-hitting infielder to provide insurance behind young second baseman Kolten Wong.

And there may be a specific target in mind.

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Cards spoke to the agent for Mark Ellis on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings. Slusser notes that Ellis’ agent has “met with a number of clubs,” but St. Louis has money to spend and is typically an attractive landing spot for free agents.

Ellis batted just .270/.323/.351 in 480 plate appearances this past season for the Dodgers, but the 36-year-old is a strong defensive second baseman and can serve as a kind of mentor to the 23-year-old Wong, who was the No. 22 overall pick in 2011.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Makes sense I suppose.

    In other words, no Wiggy-esque eyeroll if it actually happens.

  2. jre80 - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    Nice fit. Let’s see it happen

  3. spudchukar - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Was kind of leaning toward Jamie Carroll instead, a little more versatility, but Ellis could fit the bill.

  4. nandeezy33 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    The Cardinals already have the “versatility” they need in Descalso. He’s a three position player.

    There is no room for Carrol unless you rid yourself of Kozma or Descalso. This will not happen, considering both are still not equivalent in payroll to Carrol.

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