I'd like to see the Cardinals make a run at Tampa infielder Ben Zobrist, who is reportedly on the trading block after a week season with an heir apparently waiting in the wings.
Zobrist, who hit .297 in 2009 with 27 homers and 17 stolen bases, can play second base, shortstop and the outfield corners. He's got a nice glove and, if he can recover even to be a .275 hitter with 15-20 homer power, he would be a sweet addition to the middle of the Cardinals infield.
One of the reasons Tampa likely wants to dump him is that he made only $481,000 last season, but he's due for a raise to $4.5 million in 2011. He signed a four-year deal that might be a little bit rich for the blood of the low budget Rays. But it's reasonable at $4.5 million in 2012, $5.5 million in 2013 and with a $7 million option for 2014. That's a little better than David Eckstein money for a player with a whole lot more upside.
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