The Cardinals are likely to trade Brendan Ryan or non-tender him if they can't find a deal, according to mlb.com.
I find this hard to believe. Ryan was a valuable player in 2009 even if he had a sub-par 2010. He's still very inexpensive, so wouldn't he be valuble as a utility player even if Ryan Theriot wins the job as the starting shortstop?
Theriot complained in the story that he struggled to play out of position at second last season with the Cubs and after he was traded to the Dodgers. But Ryan has played very well at second in the past, so he could platoon there with Skip Schumaker should the Birds not find additional middle infield help.
Speaking of that... Reports are still floating around that the Birds could be looking at Orlando Hudson at second base.
Miguel Tejada, long tied to the Cardinals in rumors, signed Tuesday with the Giants where he is likely to start at shortstop. Is it a coincidence that Tejada struck a deal within hours of the Birds picking up Theriot?