On the verge of spring training, the Cardinals have apparently released Adam Kennedy.
What this means for their second base plans, I have no idea. The team was incredibly short of middle infielders to start with.
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Kennedy asked to be traded last year after losing his starting job with the Cardinals for the second consecutive year. But the Cardinals could find no one who was willing to take on his $4 million salary for 2009.
Hopefully, this is a sign that the Cardinals are planning a move. As I mentioned this morning, free agent Orlando Hudson is believed to be available for $4 million for a single season. The Cardinals have also tried over the offseason to trade outfielder Rick Ankiel to the Braves for second baseman Kelly Johnson.
GM John Mozeliak said the Cardinals plan to try to fill the position from within, in a story reported in the News-Democrat:
“We have exhausted all trade possibilities for Adam, and have decided that it was within both the club and the player’s best interests to give Adam his unconditional release,” Cardinals’ Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak said. “As stated last year, it has been our intention -- at Adam’s request -- to try and seek a trade. As we move forward, we feel that it is best to try and fill the second base position with other players from within our organization.”
Why would the Cardinals let Kennedy walk away without having a replacement in house? They have to pay him one way or another.