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Cards swap Duncan for Lugo

The Cardinals and Red Sox have reportedly completed a mutually beneficial -- if minor -- deal that sent Chris Duncan to Beantown in exchange for exiled BoSox shortstop Julio Lugo.

Lugo, like Edgar Renteria before him, seemed to wilt under the intense scrutiny of the Boston fans and media. The Cardinals apparently hope he turns into the leadoff man with a pretty good glove that he was while with Tampa.

Duncan has lost his playing time with a season long power outage and emergence of Colby Rasmus in centerfield. His mounting strikeouts, dropping batting average and shoddy outfield play had made him a lightning rod for St. Louis fans. He clearly hasn't been the same player since returning from a major neck injury that caused him to miss most of last season.

Maybe in Boston Duncan can be a first baseman or designated hitter and concentrate on his work at the plate.

While a change will probably be good for both players, i'm a little bit disappointed to see the shortstop job taken away from Brendan Ryan -- who has done so much to deserve it. Maybe Lugo will take over at short, Ryan can slide over to second and Skip Schumaker can move back to the outfield with Mark DeRosa playing third base...

I also wonder if the addition of a shortstop means we have seen Khalil Greene play his last game in St. Louis.