As of this morning John Mozeliak declared Skip Schumaker the Cardinals “Official” second baseman for now.
There had been no timetable for the decision, said Mozeliak, nor was there a moment when everyone involved thought this really would work.
“The thing that was gettiing frustrating both to the manager (Tony La Russa) and myself was we never put a date on it,” Mozeliak said. “We were open-minded to see how far this would go. He’s played well, and this may be something where we get well into the season and realize it’s not the right fit. We don’t know that answer. As long as he plays well and is effective offensively. . . it’s positive for the Cardinals.”
Over at 3B, it looks as if David Freese might get the starting job unitl Troy Glaus comes back.
Cardinals trim the roster today by sending down eight players. Allen Craig, Jess Todd, Adam Ottavino, Clayton Mortenson, Mitchell Boggs, Charlie Manning, Matt Scherer and Brian Barton got sent down to the minors. The Cardinals are now down to 37 players.
As of today Jason Motte is in the lead as the Cardinals new Relief Pitcher. The report on Motte has him throwing a wicked fastball at or around 93mph. Motte is well known for his fastball but does not have an arsenal of other pitches. It was reported that Mott has been working on perfecting his slider. If Mott gets the job as closer the Cardinals will send Chris Perez to Memphis.
and finally some goods from Spring Training annoucing that Colby Rasmus will make the opening day roster and play some LF for the team.
Well Cardinal Fans we have three more weeks till the start of Major League Baseball. Personally I am looking forward to the 2009 Season. For some reason I still have a nagging feeling about our hometown team. Today in a game against Boston Schumaker makes his 4th error at 2B. The sports radio stations here in St.Louis were all a buzz about the Schumaker experiment will come to a end. The front office believes that they can fix this internally. The players they have in mind are Joe Thurston, Tyler Greene, and Branden Ryan. I have a feeling the Cardinals will have to trade to bring in a second-basemen that would help this team to become a contender. Someone that comes to my mind and Cardinal Insider Joe Strauss is Blake DeWitt. The Dodgers middle infielder that can play Thirdbase and Secondbase. The Dodgers are looking to unload him.
Here is the skinny on Blake DeWitt. He was born in Sarasota, FL but raised in Sikeston, MO. In High School he batted .558 with 15 home runs, 11 doubles and 48 RBI. He was also named to Baseball Americas High School All-America first team. DeWitt is one of the few players in Missouri baseball history to be named first team all-state four times. In addition to his hitting prowess, DeWitt was an effective pitcher, winning a Missouri high school record 27 consecutive games and losing only one. In 2008 DeWitt made the team due to injuries to Nomar, LaRoche and Tony Abreu. In 2008 Blake had 368 At Bats, 97Hits, 9HRs, 52RBIs, .264BA and a .383SLG average. Thats not bad.
So if the Cardinals are to trade for him who would we trade? One name comes to mind is Chris Duncan, but that would never happen due to LaRussa’s man love for him. Here are a few names that come to my mind that have no future with the Cardinals. Allen Craig, he is hitting over .500 during Spring Training but has no future since he only has experience at 1B. Nick Stavinoha is another player that can be moved, along with Bryan Anderson.
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(AP)—Pitcher Dennys Reyes had agreed to the Cardinals offer of 3Mil for two years.
The 31-year-old, 32-32 with a 4.28 ERA, is joining his 10th team. He spent the last three seasons with Minnesota and was 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA in a career-high 75 games last season, the most by a lefty in the AL. Left-handed batters hit .202 against him, and opponents overall just .235.
Reyes is currently with Mexico’s national team ahead of its World Baseball Classic opener Sunday against Australia.
In addition to his salary, Reyes could earn $500,000 over the deal in performance bonuses.
Cardinals Looking at Pedro?
Cards GM John Mozeliak is scheduled to meet today with Tony La Russa and his coaches to discuss the camp’s progress. The discussion might include discussion of free agent Pedro Martinez as an option at closer. La Russa suggested in November that the club should expand its consideration to include veteran starting pitchers. Martinez has a recent history of shoulder problems but said Tuesday he would be open to the possibility of closing.
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BRISTOL, CONNECTICUT (TICKER) — Manny Ramirez and the Los Angeles Dodgers agree to a two year 45mil deal according to ESPN.
The Dodgers have been going back and forth with Ramirez and his agent, Scott Boras, since the 2008 season ended, with Ramirez and Boras rejecting each of Los Angeles’ first four contract offers.
After helping Los Angeles reach the National League Championship Series last season, Ramirez had burned the Dodgers on several offers, turning down arbitration at the start off the offseason and a two-year, $45 million deal at the winter meetings before dismissing a one-year, $25 million offer earlier in the month and another one-year deal with a player option for a second year last week.
It is not clear what makes the current pact different from the other offers.
Ramirez hit .396 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI in 53 games with the Dodgers, who acquired the 12-time All-Star from the Boston Red Sox at the trade deadline last season.
The 36-year-old hit .332 with 37 homers and 121 RBI in 153 contests with the Dodgers and Red Sox in 2008.