Cardinals Abandon Plan to Clone David Freese

by on January 21, 2011 · 20 comments

….and sign Nick Punto.

Honestly, is there such a thing as too much of a mediocre-to-decent thing?  Nick Punto?  In 2010, Punto had 288 plate appearances and was good for .238/.313/.302/.615 for the Twins.  Sure, he can play 3B, SS, and 2B, but can he pitch?  After all, Aaron Miles is still available, and he can play all 3 positions, pitch, and he hit .281/.311/.317/.627 last season in 151 plate appearances in for St. Louis.  I kid because I care.  Really.

I’m ecstatic about the arrival of Nick “Ford” Punto in the Gateway City.  It’s not like the team has any depth on the infield or flexibility off the bench at all.  Too bad that Allen Craig guy can only play the corner infield spots and in the outfield.  It’s a shame that Daniel Descalso only plays ALL of following: 1B, 2B, SS, and 3B.  Yep, that’s right.  Ignore the fact that he’s often listed as a 3B and SS.  He played all positions in the minor leagues.  Given the opportunity to play, he’d probably carry 3 different gloves, toss batting practice, and launch t-shirts into the crowd between innings with Fredbird.  Oh, and what about that Ryan Theriot guy?  Isn’t he a SS and 2B?  Yeah, I thought so. 

So the Cardinals are stockpiling players who can play multiple infield positions.  Isn’t that sort of like dumping a bunch of money into Baltic and Mediterranean Avs. in Monopoly while everyone else is gobbling up Pacific, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania?  I understand that Punto MAY be a decent glove at third base, but is it worth playing him there in favor of having Allen Craig‘s bat in the lineup?  This seems like the “Pedro Feliz” revolution all  over again.  Now I really will be holding my breath every time David Freese goes around the bases. 

TIDBIT:  All content in this blog piece is original, and most was authored using a special “sarcasm” font.

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