Cards sign Randy Winn, option Jon Jay

by on June 5, 2010 · 7 comments

Color me puzzled.

Allen Craig was hitting .051 and doesn’t really have a position.  I get it.  Not necessarily for Aaron Miles, but that’s not terribly shocking on a Tony La Russa run ballclub.

Tyler Greene and Joe Mather have struggled at the plate, it makes sense that their status on the club might be in question.

Why sign Randy Winn to replace Jon Jay, who was having perhaps the most success of any of the young, rookie Cardinals this season?

Winn was hitting .213 with the Yankees, that’s why THEY RELEASED HIM.

Jay is arguably a better fielder than Winn.

This one makes no sense to me, save for more influence from the manager.  Say what you will about adding a veteran presence, but it only makes sense if you’re not taking at-bats and playing time away from a developing player that should and will figure into a team’s future plans.

Time will tell if this move foretells another, but for now color me not a fan.

Does Mozeliak have the agents for Mike Gallego and Tony Fossas on speed dial?

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Jake Moore June 5, 2010

Cardinals seem to have a two-tier talent development system. It’s almost like you need someone pimping for you within the org.

PH8 June 7, 2010

Yep, again, strange that Jay was seemingly one of the only ones hitting in St. Louis too.

Lee June 6, 2010

Let’s get John Frascatore, too, while we’re at it. Sheesh. No idea what Moz was thinking on this one.

PH8 June 7, 2010

There is a prevailing opinion that they wanted Jay to get regular at-bats in Memphis, but it seemed he was doing fine getting partial playing time with the big club.

Who knows what the real truth is, maybe they just want to save his service time for when Ludwick leaves as a free agent…

Mark June 10, 2010

Totally agree on the Randy Winn front. He is 36 years old now – it’s not the answer.

PH8 June 15, 2010

Just typical of the org, really. Block a young guy who was, consistent at-bats or not, succeeding. Frustrating.

Crispin June 15, 2010

Agree 100%. Larussa is aweful. Jay was hitting over .300 and had made some superb plays in the of. He needs to sign with another team quick!!

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