12/31/12

In Search For An Outfielder – St. Louis Cardinals

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In Search For An Outfielder –  St. Louis Cardinals

So far, we have identified the following outfielders as possible targets for the Mets:

                Atlanta – Reed Johnson
                Arizona – A.J. Pollock
Baltimore – Nolan Reimold
                Boston – Jerry Sands
                Chicago Cubs – Brett Jackson
Chicago White Sox - Dayan Viciedo
Cincinnati – Chris Heisey
                Cleveland – Thomas Neal -
                Colorado – Dexter Fowler
Detroit – none
Houston – J.D. Martinez
Kansas City – none
Los Angeles Angels – Mark Trumbo
Los Angeles Dodgers – Alex Castellanos
Miami Marlins – Gorkys Hernandez
Milwaukee Brewers – Khris Davis
Minnesota Twins – None
Oakland Athletics – Grant Green
New York Yankees – None
Philadelphia Phillies - none
Pittsburgh – Jose Tabata
Seattle – Casper Wells
San Diego – James Darnell
San Francisco – Gary Brown
               
We now move on to the St. Louis Cardinals, who currently have only six (6) outfielders on their 40-man roster:

       Carlos Beltran – switch – $13mil-2013 – FA-2014 – MLB, 547-AB, 32-HR, 97-RBI - RF
                Adron Chambers- lefty –  pre-ARB -
                Allen Craig – righty –  ABB1-2014 – (1B) -  MLB, 469-AB, .307 - RF
                Matt Holliday – righty –  $17mil thru 2016 – LF – 599-AB, 27-HR, 102-RBI
                Jon Jay – lefty –  ARB1- 2014 – MLB, 443-AB, .305 - CF
                Shane Robinson – righty -  ARB1 – 2015 –

The bottom line here is the combination of Beltran-Craig-Holiday-Jay is one of the best 4 outfielder group in the game. There’s obviously no reason for St. Louis to make any changes with these four ofr the 2013 season.

Prospect wise, Oscar Tavares will play AAA in 2013.

This leaves either Chambers or Robinson, neither of which are going to make the HOF some day; however, Robinson would give the Mets a three-year MLB level player to settle down the outfield for a year.

Mets target: Shane Robinson – plays all three outfield positions… team controlled salary…  3-year MLB stat line with St. Louis: .242/.293/.333/.626, 198-AB, 3-HR, 17-RBI… only 2 MLB errors

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