That is what happened this week with the acquisitions of Ryan Theriot and Lance Berkman. I am not saying they are bad, I am saying they were not as good as the players they are replacing. But mainly I want to talk about Berkman.
$8M for one year does intrigue me. If he can sniff anywhere near his good seasons we will be happy. Bill James Online projects a .275 batting average with 22 home runs. Most fans will take that. On the flip side, how many games may he potentially play a part in losing in the outfield? Sounds like Holliday goes to right and Berkman to left.
Where would you bat him? I like 2nd or 4th but doubt he gets the clean-up spot. With his ability to take walks he would be a good fit for the 2nd spot. Does this mean Colby Rasmus will lead-off? They are reporting the Cardinals are encouraging Colby to be more of a slap hitter and go to left field more and hit less home runs.
Should be interesting to say the least if the Big Puma can be a Cardinal with little effort. Wouldn’t it be great if he turned into Larry Walker?
Overall, I am ok with this move.
Now for a second baseman? (even though Mozeliak said we have our line-up intact)