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Cardinals making offer to Cuban SS Aledmys Diaz

Feb 19, 2014, 7:37 PM EDT

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Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the story from Cardinals spring training in Jupiter, Florida …

Long after the clubhouse emptied, general manager John Mozeliak and his chief lieutenants, manager Mike Matheny and coaches from both sides of camp attended a workout of Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, who is expected to sign a major-league contract with a club within days.

The Cardinals are expected to follow up on their longstanding interest in the 23-year-old by extending a formal offer to his agent, Jaime Torres, within the next 24 hours.

The Cardinals signed shortstop Jhonny Peralta to a four-year, $53 million free agent contract in November and are set at third base with Matt Carpenter and at second base with Kolten Wong. But the word on Diaz is that his defense needs fine tuning, so the St. Louis front office could be thinking long term with this move.

The Yankees, Blue Jays, Mariners, Padres, and Giants are also known to have interest in Diaz, who hit .315/.404/.500 with 12 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 313 plate appearances his final year in Cuba.

  1. missingdiz - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    The Cards aren’t “set” with Wong. He has to show he can hit major league pitching.

    • 78mu - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      Wong has shown he can hit at every level and they have to feel he can make the transition.

      Of course I remember when Heity Cruz was a sure thing at 3B for the Cardinals.

      • okwhitefalcon - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:48 PM

        A thumbs up for any Heity Cruz reference, well played.

      • gibbyfan - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        so far, every level except the one that really counts. hope he comes through.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Interesting.

    Not sure I’d go as far as saying the Cards “are set at second base with Kolten Wong” just yet though, time will tell on that assumption.

  3. tn16 - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Jays need him at 2B

  4. gibbyfan - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    I would like to see the cards land him but good luck competing with NY

  5. okwhitefalcon - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Some Wong talk along with many other subjects discussed this morning with Cards GM John Mozeliak on AM 920 can be heard here:

    http://www.insidestlaudio.com/ITD_Audio/021914-1TMA.mp3

    Very informative stuff along with Mo’s dry sense of humor..

  6. leylandshospicenurse - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    So Carpenter back to 2B, Diaz at SS, and Peralta at 3B. Wong becomes trade bait for an already stacked Cardinal team?

    • okwhitefalcon - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      That would be the play at some point it would seem if Diaz is in fact the real deal.

      Peralta’s a short term stop gap, he’s not going to be playing SS the entire length of his contract.

      • cohnjusack - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:49 PM

        I’m not convinced he’s going to be a Cardinal the entire length of the contract. His contact was front-loaded. $15 million the first two years, then 12 then 10. I’m guessing tradeability was the reason for that.

      • okwhitefalcon - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:19 AM

        Frontloading made budgetary sense as well, much more payroll flexibility now with money coming off the books this year while the youngsters will get more expensive moving forward.

        And I agree, would not be surprised if was moved at some point within the deal.

      • gibbyfan - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        I would love to see the Cards do something else at SS. Peralta got the deal because Mo felt he had to do something at SS and he was the only game in town –he knew he would have to overpay in dollars and years but just maybe if things fall into place they can move him.Of course I am assuming that there is not a no trade clause and that the Cards can somehow outbid the evil empire

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Saying the bluejays are interested in this guy is like saying old gator is interested in Amy Smart. In other words its one big fantasy that’s not gonna happen PERIOD! So lets stop saying the jays are interested in any player that’s actually gonna cost a few bucks cause all they have proven is they ain’t spending this off season as usual. Last year was a fluke and it came back to bite them so hard they are once bitten twice shy.

  8. stlouis1baseball - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    No that it matters (because it doesn’t)…but that is my all time favorite logo.
    Good work Drew!

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