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Cardinals designate Pete Kozma for assignment

Jun 25, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

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Pete Kozma was the Cardinals’ Opening Day shortstop last season and a not-insignificant number of people misguidedly believed that he had long-term upside based on paying more attention to his flukey 26-game stint in 2012 rather than his lengthy track record of mediocrity.

Kozma went on to hit .217 with one homer and a .548 OPS in 143 games last season, at which point the Cardinals demoted him to Triple-A and moved on to Jhonny Peralta at shortstop.

Earlier this week the Cardinals called up Kozma from Triple-A because they needed some short-term bench depth and now they’ve designated him for assignment to clear roster room for other moves.

There’s a decent chance that some other team claims Kozma off waivers, because he’d be a reasonably decent utility infielder, but any notion of him being a quality regular should have been squashed a long time ago.

Trust multi-year track records, y’all.

UPDATE: Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Kozma passed through waivers unclaimed and will be assigned to Triple-A by the Cardinals.

  1. beepbeepbeeplgb - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    a lot of people may forget him but the 2012 nationals won’t, that’s for sure. good luck to him wherever he lands.

    • beepbeepbeeplgb - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    • madhatternalice - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      I was at that game 5. Not to sound all Bill Simmons, but it was definitely a “sucker punch to the gut” sort of feeling.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      I am with Whitefalcon from other threads. I have officially given up trying to understand Mo’s roster moves.

      Meanwhile, let’s celebrate the modern, sabermetric version of the Mendoza Line, which I have created and called the Kozma Line!

      • historiophiliac - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:22 PM


        /throws peanuts

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:52 PM

        Hey, it’s a great way to commemorate him AND to update the Mendoza line for the sabermetric era. You know, for somebody like Jeter:

  2. TheMorningStar - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Mr. Kosma, a Brian Cashman calling on line #1….

    • 78mu - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      Doesn’t Jockety have a clause in his contract that he get first dibs on washed up Cardinals? Cashman will have to wait to see if the Reds pass on him.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        Come on 78! You know we are gonna’ have Metalhead on here in a matter of minutes filling the ol’ “washed up Cardinals” role.

  3. historiophiliac - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:36 PM


    • indaburg - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:04 PM


      • historiophiliac - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        Everyone stop being mean to Pete.


      • indaburg - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:39 PM

        I think I heard ‘lions cheer from here.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        Awwwwww. 😦

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:35 PM


    • paperlions - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      The Tigers had their shot and let him go.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        sniff sniff

    • paperlions - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      Holy crap, could OK possibly get any more crazy?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        Is that a challenge?

      • paperlions - Jun 28, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        Well, I didn’t think of it that way….

  4. okwhitefalcon - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    This season gets more bizzarro by the day – well, by the minute…maybe second..

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      Beyond this, which is just bizarro for right now, there’s the part about Kelly, not Butler, getting the 60-day DL tag. So, is Kelly even further away from a return than we were told just a week or so ago?

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        I told you at the time…
        When they claimed “two to four weeks” it really meant “3 – 8 Weeks” and that was ONLY if his leg didn’t fall off in the interim.

      • paperlions - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        Kelly has already been on the DL for > 60 days and you can’t use the 60 DL unless the 40-man is full, which it has not been most of that time. Moving him to the 60-day now just opens up another 40-man spot, he’s already eligible to return from the 60-day DL right now.

        WRT dumping Kozma, well, about time. If they didn’t think his glove was worth keeping him over Descalso (who can’t field or hit), then they should have already dumped him. They have many years of data telling them that he can’t hit.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        @Stlouis1 … Maybe, if that happens, we could use Tyler Lyons for spare parts?

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        Wonderful thought! Worth keeping on the back burner.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        Oh, I’m OK on dumping Kozma. But, it’s not a *required* move to open up a roster spot immediately, Lions. That’s why it’s puzzling.

        On Kelly, it’s not the issue of moving Kelly to the 60-day per se, nor is it an issue of the exact timing; it’s moving HIM instead of Butler, which I noted in my original comment.

        That’s why I noted this raises an eyebrow about Kelly’s status. We know what Butler’s status is, which is why Goold or whomever at the P-D, last week, said that moving *Butler* to the 60-day seemed the likely next move.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:21 PM

        I have to apologize for a mental brain fart, math-wise, to everybody in this area of this thread. I was focusing only on 40-man roster numbers, not 25-man actives. Well, duh! They had to DFA somebody to open a spot on the active roster. That said, it could just as well have been Sugar Shane (who I still don’t know why was recalled before Kozma).

        Anyway, apologies for the brain fart and any comments based on it.

    • okwhitefalcon - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      Moving Kelly to the 60 was just procedural, no conspiracy theories I don’t think.

      As for his timetable for return, it’s a moving target based on how his hamstring responds after his rehab starts so who the hell knows really – all bets are off I suppose until all precincts have reported.

      At some point (sooner than later I hope) they’re going to have to get their best 25 guys on the big league roster or use areas of organizational depth to improve via trade.

      The first of which hasn’t been done this year and the second of which has to present itself.

      On a side note per Goold, Wong has been diagnosed with a bruised shoulder and received another shot and his there’s no timetable for return…yippee..

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        Oh, I agree on his timetable. To be honest, I don’t expect either him or Wacha before the All-Star break.

        And, for anybody who is not always a fan of Bernie, he had a column today where he says that Matheny’s skills as a leader could help here.

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