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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Billy Hamilton scores on infield popup

It’s ridiculous that this can happen at the major league level.


Friday, March 28, 2014

The Last Great Call (ESPN)

[bq]What this really was, when you think it through, was the Last Great Umpiring Call (or Calls) of the Pre-Instant Replay Era, the technology which—beginning in 2014—will permeate the lives of every umpire who ever sets foot on a major league field from now on.

Never again will six men in blue work a World Series game, or any other game, knowing there is no replay machine, no technological wizardry, hovering in the background to serve as their safety net.

Never again will there be quite the same pressure on these men to make life-changing, season-defining, history-altering calls in intense, real-time moments.[/bq]

Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: March 28, 2014 at 03:25 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, obstruction, red sox, umpires, world series

WSJ: Deee-fense: Baseball’s Big Shift Playing the field suddenly is becoming a sophisticated science

Baseball’s approach to defense, long unchanged except for the gloves getting bigger, is undergoing the most radical change in strategy since the Reconstruction Era. Defensive shifting, which started as a trend several years ago, is becoming epidemic. Major League teams “shifted” 8,134 times last season, compared with just 2,357 in 2011. [...]

Last season, the Pirates “shifted,” meaning they had three infielders on one side of second base or in significantly nontraditional positions, 494 times, compared with 105 in 2012. [...]

The Pirates defense “saved” 77 runs in all, or 77 runs better than an average defense, third-most in Major League Baseball.The Pirates also finished above .500 and made the playoffs for the first time since 1992. The Boston Red Sox shifted 478 times in 2013, compared with 199 in 2012. Those shifts saved the Red Sox 15 runs during the course of the season, second-most in baseball. They won the World Series. (The Rays were first in runs saved by shifts.) [...]

Still, not everyone is on board. The St. Louis Cardinals, the game’s model franchise of late, shifted infielders just 107 times last season, about 50% more than 2012, but nothing on the scale of the Orioles (595 shifts), Rays (556 shifts) or Brewers (538 shifts).

 

bobm Posted: March 28, 2014 at 09:20 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, orioles, pirates, rays, red sox, shift

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Miller’s so-so spring continues : Sports

What’s up with Shelby Miller?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, shelby miller

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Taveras still out, probably won’t make team

Prized outfield prospect Oscar Taveras, who had right ankle surgery last season, is sidelined indefinitely with a tight hamstring in the same leg. And Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Taveras won’t come north with the team if he can’t show he can be 100 percent and play appreciably by the end of camp in just more than two weeks, which seems unlikely.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2014 at 08:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, oscar taveras

Monday, March 10, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-10-2014

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, March 10, 1914:

[Newly-acquired Pittsburgh pitcher] Bob Harmon only has one grievance against the Cardinal management. “That is the fact that they wouldn’t give me a few hours off to get married,” laughed the violinst. “The ceremony was to be at 6. We were playing a double-header with the Browns in the city series and Sallee and I were to pitch the two games. I wanted to work in the first game and allow them to use Sal in the second, but they made me pitch the second. Believe me it took some hustling on my part to reach the scene of the wedding.”

“No, sorry, Bob, you can’t go to your wedding. We need you to pitch in an exhibition game.”

The Cardinal Way, circa 1910.


Sunday, March 09, 2014

Cardinals sign Cuban Aledmys Diaz

Cardinals limited roster space get even more limited…. Anyone have projections for Diaz yet?

The Cardinals have agreed to terms on a four-year, major-league deal with shortstop Aledmys Diaz, a Cuban who defected from the country and had to wait out a years suspension before being eligible as a free agent. The team announced the deal Sunday afternoon.

cardsfanboy Posted: March 09, 2014 at 02:23 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cuba, free agents, international free agents

Friday, March 07, 2014

Cardinals hof fan vote.

WHO DO YOU THINK BELONGS IN THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS HALL OF FAME?
VOTE NOW FOR TWO REDBIRDS LEGENDS!

The Cardinals and Edward Jones have teamed up to honor the greatest players in the club’s history. The new Hall of Fame will recognize these figures for their achievements and impact on the organization during their careers.

Each member will be permanently enshrined in the new Cardinals Hall of Fame gallery at Ballpark Village next to Busch Stadium.

Vote for your top 2 players.

cardsfanboy Posted: March 07, 2014 at 04:06 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, hall of fame

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Matt Carpenter, Cardinals closing in on long-term extension

6/50 seems like a good deal all around.

SoCalDemon Posted: March 06, 2014 at 03:38 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

RetroSimba: Battle of wills: Bob Gibson, Gene Mauch play hardball

If Tim McCarver was awake he’d pass out.

Aiming higher, Baldschun hit Gibson in the thigh with the next pitch. Gibson flipped the bat underhanded toward the pitcher. Baldschun caught it with his glove hand. Harvey immediately ejected Gibson.

Said Harvey to The Sporting News: “He had a lethal weapon out there. I’m happy to say Gibson did not throw the bat violently. But he did throw it to the mound.”

“I wasn’t trying to hit him with the bat, but I was mad, hurt and just plain disgusted with the whole business,” Gibson said to the Associated Press. “I tossed the bat just the way hitters do when they’re disgusted after striking out.”

In his book, Gibson wrote, “Without thinking, I flung my bat in Baldschun’s direction … Naturally, I was ejected, which is exactly what Mauch was counting on.”

Bennett told United Press International, “Gibson’s nothing but a chicken … If he wants to fight, he ought to put up his fists instead of throwing the bat … That’s a coward’s way out if I ever saw one.”

Said Baldschun of his pitch to Gibson: “I figure he had one brush coming.”

Mauch told The Sporting News, “I’ve been popping off all over the country about how great a competitor Gibson is, but he didn’t show me much this time.”

Repoz Posted: March 06, 2014 at 06:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Rick Ankiel will retire

An interesting career. I’m sure he’ll be a fine coach if he wants to be.

BourbonSamurai Is a Lazy Nogoodnik Posted: March 05, 2014 at 05:57 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cardinals, nationals

McClellan: No more ‘Cardinal Way,’ please

Bernie bicker staff at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch?

I picked up the paper the other day, and turned, as I usually do, to the Sports section. Ah, good. There was a column by my friend and colleague, Bernie Miklasz. Here was the headline: “Shortstop Peralta adjusting quickly to Cardinal Way.”

I was hoping we were done with that. I don’t remember hearing much about the Cardinal Way until last postseason. The series against the Los Angeles Dodgers was framed as a morality play. The Dodgers were the bad guys, the show-offs. The Cardinals were the good guys who believed in the Cardinal Way.

...It’s like that “Best Fans in Baseball” stuff. When I arrived here in 1980, St. Louisans weren’t calling themselves the best fans in baseball. They seemed to consider themselves good fans, very good fans, the equal to any fans in the country. As good as fans in Detroit. As good as fans in Chicago. As good as fans in Pittsburgh. Better than fans in Philadelphia. (They boo too much.) But not the best fans.

Of course, St. Louis was a Midwestern city back then. Midwesterners are understated. Over the years, Missouri has slid down the map and taken St. Louis with it. We’re Southerners now. Southerners aren’t understated.

After disposing of the Dodgers, the Cardinals played Boston in the World Series. What an insufferable World Series that was. The Cardinal Way versus Boston Strong. Oh, how I longed for the days when baseball games weren’t so fraught with meaning. If you liked team-oriented, moral, holistic people, you had to root for the Cardinal Way. But if you wanted to stand with the heroic people who persevered through the terrorist bombing of the Boston Marathon, you had to root for Boston Strong.

With the World Series long behind us, I was hoping this would be a new season. More baseball, less moralizing. There was reason to be optimistic. The Cardinals made a big splash in the offseason by signing Jhonny Peralta to a megabucks contract despite the fact that he was caught up in the Biogenesis scandal a year ago and suspended for 50 games.

Repoz Posted: March 05, 2014 at 06:17 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Monday, February 24, 2014

Mike Matheny wishes new collision rules had more teeth.

New “rule” being implemented in regards to blocking the plate, doesn’t really look like it does much though.

For this year, the rule being implemented will prohibit the “most egregious collisions” at the plate. The rule states that a runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher or anyone else covering the plate. If, in the umpire’s judgment, a runner attempting to score initiates contact with the catcher, the umpire can call the runner out, even if the catcher loses possession of the ball.

cardsfanboy Posted: February 24, 2014 at 08:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, rule changes

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Matheny wants pitchers to cut down strikeouts — at bat

Call it the Dennis Austerity (0 fer 2 ~ 2 K’s) act.

But the strikeouts concern manager Mike Matheny — when his pitchers are hitting. Cardinals pitchers batted just .126 last year, with 139 strikeouts — one off the league high. They walked only 10 times.

Matheny said he wants his staff not only to improve its bunting but its ability to move runners or even start rallies with hits. And while there was a short workout Saturday because of an autograph session for Roger Dean Stadium ticket holders, there was an extra session of hitting for the pitchers.

“We’re going to be a better hitting group of pitchers this year,” Matheny said. “They do so much talking about how athletic they are but they were not content with what they were able to do on the offensive side last year.”

...“There were a lot of swings and misses,” Matheny said. “We were one of the worst teams in baseball with strikeouts from the pitcher’s position. That just shouldn’t be so.

“Not that we’re telling them to swing for the fences. Part of it is changing the mindset. ‘What am I trying to do here?’

“Every time they get on base, we’re rolling that lineup over and we’re bringing up some guys with the potential to do something,” Matheny said.

“When they’re taking their swings, this isn’t just a ‘let’s see how far I can hit the ball thing.’ Let’s do this with a purpose. But there’s always that risk-reward. We want them to improve their hitting but there’s always that chance they’ll try to do too much.”

Repoz Posted: February 23, 2014 at 11:45 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dh now

Monday, February 03, 2014

Fernando Tatis zings the Broncos.

8 points in the superbowl…i had 8 rbi in one inning

Sweet slams bro.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: February 03, 2014 at 12:00 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, frivolities, nfl

Thursday, January 30, 2014

RetroSimba: Rick Sutcliffe symbolized sad state of Cardinals in 1994

and of ESPN 1998–present.

Rick Sutcliffe is, by all accounts, a smart and personable man who had a first-rate career as a pitcher in the major leagues. But his year with the Cardinals reflects how distressed the proud franchise had become in the final years of Anheuser-Busch ownership.

Twenty years ago, when St. Louis signed Sutcliffe to a minor-league contract with the hope he could earn a spot in their rotation, it was a sure sign of the desperate state of the Cardinals’ starting pitching.

Sutcliffe had injured a knee in 1993 while with the Orioles and posted a 5.66 ERA in 28 starts. On the basis of that performance, he should have been finished as a big-league pitcher.

Yet, after starting pitcher Donovan Osborne underwent shoulder surgery, sidelining him for the 1994 season, the Cardinals, seeking an inexpensive alternative, signed Sutcliffe to a minor-league contract on Jan. 31, 1994, and invited him to spring training as a non-roster pitcher.

“I have no doubt I can still pitch,” Sutcliffe told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Pitching coach Joe Coleman: “With his breaking ball and pitching in our ballpark, he could be effective.”

General manager Dal Maxvill: “The reports we have are his arm is in good shape and he was throwing the ball well at the end of the (1993) season.”

...Common sense indicated the Cardinals, owned by an increasingly disinterested Anheuser-Busch, were more focused on expense savings than they were in winning championships.

“That move showed me they’re not going after somebody who’s in the top of his prime,” candid Cardinals pitcher Bob Tewksbury said to the Post-Dispatch after Sutcliffe’s signing.

Former Cardinals third baseman Terry Pendleton told the St. Petersburg Times: “They’re saving money. They’re not trying to win anything.”

Repoz Posted: January 30, 2014 at 07:43 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bourjos says he would like 40 stolen bases

Yeah, and I’d like “40 Steps of Revenge” on DVD.

New Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos said he didn’t expect to be designated a regular just yet but he had a lofty goal if he received significant playing time this season.

“I’d like to be in the 40s,” said Bourjos, referring to his potential stolen-base total as he was interviewed at the Cardinals’ Winter Warm-Up, which wrapped up Monday.

“It’s all about how you’re swinging the bat,” said Bourjos. “In the minor leagues, I had a season where I stole 50 bags and I had a lot of seasons where I was in the 30s. So, in the 30-to-40 range would be nice.”

...Given his lack of use by the Angels the last couple of years, Bourjos said he wasn’t at all surprised to be dealt.

“Things haven’t gone well the last couple of years there. I didn’t think I was going to stick around much longer,” he said.

Bourjos has the speed associated with a leadoff man but not necessarily the on-base percentage. For instance, he walked only 10 times in 175 at-bats last year.

“I’ve never walked, so I can’t really say I’m an on-base guy,” Bourjos said. “I think I’m more of a gap-to-gap guy. I don’t inherently draw a lot of walks.

“I don’t go up trying to walk because I don’t think it’s one of my strengths.”

Repoz Posted: January 21, 2014 at 06:54 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals

Monday, January 20, 2014

THT: Revisiting the Shelby Miller “mystery”

Months after the 2013 postseason concluded with another Red Sox victory, it has emerged that the Cardinals never communicated with young phenom Shelby Miller about his lack of use in the postseason. In an interview with the Associated Press, Miller elaborated on the topic and made it clear that he did not know why pitched just one postseason inning.

The Cardinals and manager Mike Matheny were roundly criticized during the playoffs for rostering two players that they did not use despite plenty of opportunity to do so. Those players were Miller and reliever Edward Mujica. As fans, we assume that there is some internal rationale behind the decision to carry these players and not use them. Perhaps the two players weren’t fully available due to a minor injury but could help out in a pinch. Miller’s comments call that reasoning into question.

Many supposed that Miller was dealing with shoulder soreness or fatigue. It would seem that was not the case. Said Miller, “Physically, I felt amazing,” and “I felt good. I didn’t feel any better or worse than I did during the season.”

Not to climb up onto a high horse, but if that was the case, the Cardinals owed Miller an explanation as to why he was put on the shelf. It’s one thing to manage a young pitcher’s innings, especially one with All-Star-caliber stuff who could be with the organization for another five-plus seasons.

...If it’s true that the Cardinals were worried about injury, then why place Miller in harms way at all? He was seemingly reserved for a mop-up role, which was precisely the wrong role if the concern was health. If the concern was purely performance, then the Cardinals did themselves a grave disservice by not using Miller.

Miller termed his usage a “mystery,” and it’s an apt description. There are a couple of obvious reasons why the Cardinals might have been cautious about using Miller, but choosing not to communicate with him on the topic is simply befuddling. The club’s silence may indicate that the real reason Miller was not used was simply too hard to communicate.

Thanks to Barnald.

Repoz Posted: January 20, 2014 at 06:48 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Remorseful Peralta: ‘I know I can play baseball naturally’

It was a baseball Peraltamont!
It was a baseball Peraltamont!

Appearing at the Cardinals’ 18th annual Winter Warm-Up on Saturday at Hyatt Regency at the Arch, Peralta expressed remorse for his mistake.

“I’m trying to put it in the past,” Peralta said. “I’m trying to look forward and forget about it. ... I know I can play baseball naturally. I have to show people that I can do it and that I can help.

“I’m going to try to do the best I can do and try to help the Cardinals go to the World Series one more time and win.”

...Still, Peralta endured the consequences of his decision to use PEDs. He wasn’t even sure whether the Tigers would want him back after the suspension, but he returned for the final three games of the regular season and then batted .333 (11-for-33) with one home run and six RBIs in 10 postseason games.

“It was hard after the suspension, but I tried to be positive,” he said. “I talked to the Detroit Tigers—the team, the general manager (Dave Dombrowski)—and they gave me the opportunity to come back. I said to them that I had to show that I can play and I can help.”

The distinction that could be made is Peralta accepted his punishment, unlike the New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez, who still is appealing a reduced 162-game suspension handed down last weekend.

“A-Rod is a different person,” Peralta said. “I don’t try to go and talk about A-Rod because everybody is different. He’s taking it differently. I don’t know what he’s doing.”

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Sunday, January 12, 2014

RetroSimba: Why Cardinals passed on chance to draft Frank Thomas

Wheeling out the old Coleman Xtreme cooler…

Thinking they had the next Bo Jackson, the Cardinals turned down the chance to draft Frank Thomas.

In the first round of the June 1989 baseball draft, the Cardinals, with the sixth pick, selected outfielder Paul Coleman of Frankston (Texas) High School.

With the next pick, No. 7, the White Sox chose Thomas, a first baseman from Auburn University.

...The Cardinals had rated Coleman the fifth-best player in the draft, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. So, when Coleman was available at No. 6, the Cardinals felt fortunate.

“We’ve been looking for a power hitter and we think Coleman is the type of guy who is going to come through,” Fred McAlister, Cardinals director of scouting, told Vahe Gregorian of the Post-Dispatch on draft day. “He’s built along the lines of a Bo Jackson.”

Coleman, 5 feet 11 and 215 pounds, hit .498 with 39 home runs in his high school career.

A right-handed batter, Coleman had 119 RBI in 93 high school games. As a senior, he was successful on all 25 of his stolen base attempts. He was 63-for-67 in steal attempts during his prep career.

“We’ve had five of our people look at him,” McAlister said. “I’ve seen him three times myself. He’s an outstanding individual. We’re very fortunate to have had the opportunity to select him.”

Cardinals scout Hal Smith, a former big-league catcher with St. Louis, saw Coleman hit a home run that soared more than 500 feet. “It just went on into the night and you never saw it again,” Smith said to Gregorian. “It left everything.”

Repoz Posted: January 12, 2014 at 07:59 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, history

Monday, December 16, 2013

Cards add Ellis as insurance for Wong

The Cardinals’ search for a second baseman to complement and challenge rookie Kolten Wong ended swifter than they expected but landed the infielder they coveted.

Mark Ellis and the Cardinals have agreed on a one-year contract that will be finalized and announced early this week after the veteran passes a physical. A source confirmed the agreement to the Post-Dispatch, which was first to report the deal Sunday morning on STLtoday.com.

Ellis, 36, hit .270 in 126 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, and he offers the righthanded bat at second base that the Cardinals wanted to pair with Wong.

Ellis is viewed as a strong presence on the field and in the clubhouse, and the Cardinals repeated their interest to Ellis’ representative last week in a discussion at baseball’s annual winter meetings. The Cardinals had been unsure if he’d accept a part-time role. Ellis has had at least 400 plate appearances in each of the past 10 seasons he’s played. He spent the past two years as the starter at second for the Dodgers, making $5.25 million in 2013. Los Angeles decided not to exercise a $5.75-million option on Ellis’ contract and allowed him to become a free agent.

Thanks to FG.

Repoz Posted: December 16, 2013 at 08:04 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Wuerz: Albert Pujols makes eye-opening comments about the Cardinals

As was once asked of Albert Fish…“Where are the needles, Albert?”

It’s interesting how former Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols has suddenly become so visible again in St. Louis.

Pujols appeared on local sports radio yesterday to talk about the election of former Redbirds manager Tony La Russa to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and during the conversation the subject changed to newly acquired St. Louis outfielder Peter Bourjos.

His former teammate in Anaheim, Pujols predicted great things for Bourjos as a starting player. And then he said that while he hates to see the young centerfielder go, he told Bourjos that he was fortunate that he was going to get to go play in front of the best fans and for the best organization in baseball.

Seriously?

In a vacuum it might seem like Albert was just trying to be nice. But let’s remember that not only was his exit from the Cardinals highly contentious, so much so that he was insulted by the Redbirds’ initial contract offer and that he made a snap decision to sign with the Angels without even giving St. Louis a last chance to match the offer. Couple that with the fact that Albert wasn’t really very accessible to the media for long interviews even when he played here and it was a unique, almost surreal situation. Sure he would gush about the Cardinals fans whenever he was interviewed about some award he’d won. But he rarely would sit and talk baseball for an extended period of time in a radio interview. The situation was also odd because of the fact that Pujols signed that personal services contract as part of his Anaheim deal to promote the Angels. And now he’s talking up the Cardinals in public?

Wow! Albert seems these days to be very interested in the building burned bridges business.

While I think a lot of the bad feelings about Pujols have subsided, I believe that’s largely because Albert has struggled so mightily since he signed his massive contract with Anaheim. Cardinals fans who once viewed his defection as heart breaking now see it as a dodged bullet.

Repoz Posted: December 10, 2013 at 10:07 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals

Friday, December 06, 2013

Caesar: Will McCarver join Cardinals broadcasts?

Prediction: There will be more Gibson mentions than the St. Louis Cardinals at a high class tavern.

Tim McCarver left the Fox television booth after the World Series following his record-shattering 34-year run as a network baseball analyst. But he never said he was retiring from broadcasting.

Could his next stop be into the Cardinals’ announcer mix?

Sources said there have been discussions about him being a part of the team’s broadcasts next season, probably in a limited role.

...McCarver, contacted Thursday, did not want to talk about any specific job possibilities for next season. But he did reiterate that he hasn’t retired at age 72.

“As I (said) this past summer I was not retiring — I never used that word,’’ he said. “And yet it was used all over the country’’ when his Fox run ended. “I can‘t quit cold turkey, (at least) I hope I can’t quit cold turkey. So we’ll see. I just don’t want to crawl in a hole some place for the rest of my life. That’s unrealistic.’’

But it’s realistic to see how a spot could be open for him with the Cardinals.

Longtime radio broadcaster Mike Shannon’s contract expired after the World Series, but he is expected to return. But Shannon, now 74, had significantly reduced his schedule of road games last year — and that was before he was sidelined in August for most of the rest of the regular season after undergoing aortic-valve replacement surgery.

Cards television analysts Al Hrabosky and Rick Horton helped fill in on radio for Shannon, and if he has a significantly reduced schedule in 2014 there would be room for another voice — and McCarver has plenty of experience calling games of individual teams as well as at the network level. He has worked in the booths of the Phillies, Mets, Yankees and Giants.

Repoz Posted: December 06, 2013 at 07:55 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, media

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Cardinals To Sign Jhonny Peralta: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com

The Cardinals have reached agreement with Jhonny Peralta on a deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (via Twitter). It’ll be a four-year contract worth a little more than $52MM, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (via Twitter).

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2013 at 02:56 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, free agents, jhonny peralta

Friday, November 22, 2013

Cardinals send David Freese to Angels for Peter Bourjos

Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reports that the Cardinals have acquired outfielder Peter Bourjos from the Angels. On the other side, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that in exchange the Angels will receive third baseman David Freese. As well, at least one prospect may also be involved in the deal. You’ll recall that Rosenthal previously reported that a Freese-for-Bourjos trade was being discussed.

The 26-year-old Bourjos is a career .251/.306/.398 hitter (98 OPS+) across parts of four major-league seasons. In 2013, Bourjos hit .274/.333/.377 in 55 games (he missed significant time because of a wrist fracture).

Bourjos’s best tool, however, is his speed. On the bases, he’s stolen 41 bags in 54 attempts and tallied 18 career triples in 354 games, and he also grades out as an elite defensive center fielder. Given the defensive question marks in the St. Louis outfield—Jon Jay is not an adequate defensive center fielder, and they’re also challenged at the corners with Matt Holliday and (most likely) Allen Craig)—Bourjos’s fielding excellence will be important to the Cardinals in 2014.

Repoz Posted: November 22, 2013 at 03:49 PM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals

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