I'm not sure where St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak is headed if rumors about the team's alleged interest in Covelli "Coco" Crisp are true.
Crisp, a former Cardinals prospect who was traded to Cleveland way back in 2002 for southpaw starting pitcher Chuck Finley, swiped 49 bases bases last season for Oakland. I like stolen bases just as much as the next guy. But he only hit .264 with a .314 on base percentage. So I'm not sure the idea of installing him as centerfielder and leadoff man is a good one.
Basically, if Crisp was signed, right field would turn into a platoon of Jon Jay and Allen Craig and the Redbirds would have no room at the inn to add a slugger to replace as much of the middle of the order production that used to come from Albert Pujols.
I'm guessing, if these rumors are true, that the Cardinals just find Carlos Beltran's asking price too high. Reports Monday night indicated that the bidding for Beltran reached $12-$12.5 million per season for two or three years. That does seem pretty steep. But I'm not sure that throwing money at Crisp is the correct thing to do if you can't work out a deal with Beltran.
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Fortunately, several outlets which reported yesterday that a deal was close between the Cardinals are Crisp are now backtracking. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail. While I'd like to see the Redbirds add some speed to the mix, I just don't think it's a good idea to supply it with a player who has so little to offer otherwise.