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The Business of Baseball

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 7:05 AM
Filed Under: St. Louis Cardinals
Seriously, I'm not a jinx.  I've made bad predictions, had things blow up in my face, but I don't think I'm a jinx.  Barret Browning might disagree with me, however.

Less than 24 hours after my interview with him hit the internet, Browning was designated for assignment yesterday when the Cardinals needed to make some room on the 40-man roster.  While this doesn't necessarily end Browning's time with the Cards, it doesn't help matters any.

Now, obviously I'm biased as I was a fan of Browning, but it seems to me essentially trading him for Ronny Cedeno isn't a move I'd normally make.  I think bgh over at Viva El Birdos may have said it best when he said this signing meant the Cardinals "wanted an established mediocrity as an insurance policy as opposed to up-and-coming mediocrities Pete Kozma and Ryan Jackson."  I sincerely hope that John Mozeliak was just uttering soothing platitudes when he said that he could picture both Cedeno and Kozma being kept as backups.  One thing the Cardinals really haven't done is find a good hitter for the bench (though Ty Wigginton does have a little pop) and keeping both of those players would be a disaster from that point of view.

I know, I know, In Mo We Trust and there's not exactly this huge pool of free agent shortstop types out there, but it still seems to me to be a move that wasn't necessary.  I guess he's probably better than Kozma so you've upgraded slightly, but if you give me two pennies my financial situation has upgraded slightly as well, but it's not exactly noticeable.

As for Browning, I think that being that he finally got an offseason to rest is going to pay dividends for someone.  I'd like to think he's going to get grabbed up by another major league team, but if not I hope he signs a minor league deal with Memphis and stays in the organization.  Even though there are a few lefties around, it never hurts to have another.  My best wishes to Barret wherever the baseball road takes him.

The Cardinals also released their non-roster invitees list yesterday.  Not surprisingly, Oscar Taveras and Kolten Wong were high up on that list.  It also wasn't much of a surprise to see Michael Wacha on that list given his quick rise through the system last year.  There's going to be a lot of focus on the pitching mounds in Jupiter, I do believe!



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