The Blue Jays have claimed Cardinals farmhand Jarrett Hoffpauir off of waivers.
Hoffpauir is a good hitter with a .291 batting average. But he is a poor fielder and pretty much the only position he can play is second base, so he had very limited value to St. Louis. The Cardinals have Skip Schumaker firmly entrenched as the starter at second base and Tyler Greene as a much more versatile option as a utility guy. If Mark DeRosa is re-signed, he could also offer much more versatility and better defense on the infield.
The 26-year-old second sacker played eight games for the Cardinals in 2009, logging 12 plate appearances with two doubles amongst his three hits for a .250 batting average. He walked four times and struck out twice.