Moves so far
- Signed SS Jhonny Peralta to a 4 year deal for $52 Million
- Traded 3B David Freese to Angels for OF Peter Bourjos
- GM John Mozeliak said that he thinks the Cards on done making moves
Cardinals have long been praised as one of the best run teams in baseball. They rarely get beat in trades, opting to hold onto their best young prospects. Rarely get burned in long term deals like, they let one of the best all time Cardinals, Albert Pujols walk, and look like geniuses right now for doing so. They are always competitive, and coming off a year where they were in the World Series, they knew they didn’t need to do much this year.
Only making two moves of note, the Peralta signing, and the Bourjos trade. Peralta is coming off a year where he was caught for taking PEDs, so this signing is a bit of a risk. He was having a good year before being suspended though, hitting over .300 with 11 homeruns in 107 games. He is a huge upgrade over former SS Pete Kozma, and at this price, it’s a good signing. Even if he doesn’t live up to his recent performance while using PEDS, at a little over 10 million a year, it’s worth the risk.
Trading Freese was smart, he was awful last year. With Freese now gone, Matt Carpenter can move over to third to make room for 2B prospect Kolten Wong. The trade brings Bourjos back, who has great speed on the bases and can handle himself with a bat in his hands. He isn’t going to make any all-star games, but he is an upgrade over OF Jon Jay, both offensively and defensively.
Letting Beltran walk was tough, he had been awesome for the Cardinals the last two years. It was the right choice though, he wanted 3 years, and is turning 37 before the start of the season. Instead of investing that type of money, they can bring up their young-stud prospect OF Oscar Taveras at some point this season.
Cardinals keep making all the right decisions, and get a B+ for this offseason. I wanted to give them an A, but it is hard to give a team an A when they haven’t made many moves. The moves, and non-moves, they have made though have been the right choices, and they should be right back in the thick of the race next year.
If there is any news an update will be posted.
Next team up is the Pirates.
- On Baseball: Cardinals Put Aside Sentiment and Redesign a Perennial Contender (nytimes.com)
- Cards waste no time addressing needs to improve (mlb.mlb.com)
- Cardinals fill another need with Peralta signing (mlb.mlb.com)