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Cardinals lock in Cedeno, continued mediocrity at shortstop

John Mozeliak notes that the Cardinals “still think we have some holes.” One is right field, stomach and Carlos Beltran would fill it well.

Despite currently polling at Fungoes as the Cardinals

2 Responses to “Cardinals lock in Cedeno, continued mediocrity at shortstop”

  1. Brandon Says:

    I think the story works out a bit simpler than that. I’d say they just didn’t think Drew was very good. Drew offered the only way to get a guy who anybody thinks is any good without sacrificing cost controlled young pitching. And Drew comes with both durability and performance questions: like Furcal, he may well prove to be a 1 win or so player over 100 games. I think he’s better than that, but I can’t say that’s an unreasonable evaluation of his likely contribution to the 2013 Cardinals. Everybody thinks there’s a match for a J.J. Hardy deal, but most of his value lies in inconsistent power spikes and defensive metrics that may overstate his value with the glove. He’d also cost money and young pitching.

    So at the end of the day, I don’t think it’s that Mo is necessarily being particularly patient: I just don’t think the alternatives are appealing. I think he just wanted to ensure that Pete Kozma doesn’t see the field much. We’ll always have Game Five, Pete.

  2. Pip Says:

    Good observation, Brandon. Sounds about right.

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