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Cardinals ink Ramon Vazquez

The Cardinals picked up an infield insurance policy, although it seems he has a rather high deductible and the payout terms are dubious at best.

Ramon Vazquez, who has played shortstop, third base and second base for six different organizations since 2001 figures as strictly an emergency option. And with David Freese's ankle problems costing him the majority of the last two seasons, that seems like a pretty risky proposition.

A career .254 hitter, Vazquez played most recently in the majors in 2009. He hit .230 with one homer at 16 RBIs with Pittsburgh. For a guy without much power, he sure strikes out a lot. He whiffed 47 times in 204 at bats.

His best year came with the Rangers in 2008. Vazquez, 34, hit .290 with 6 homers which helped him to earn a two-year, $2.75 contract with the Pirates. His weak performance in the first year of the deal caused the Bucs to designate Vazquez for assignment and he ended up spending last season bouncing around in the minors.

So, if Freese goes down to injury again, it appears the Birds will stake their hopes on a guy who wasn't good enough to make the Pirates roster.

He's played 275 major league games at short, 212 at third and 165 at second.