Word out of San Francisco is that the Giants are trying to trade former Cardinals infielder Ryan Theriot whom they signed over the off-season.
I said it before and I will say it again. Ryan Theriot isn't a starting major league shortstop. But he might make a pretty nice utility player -- and he would certainly be a valuable right handed bat off the bench.
Theriot could play second regularly, shortstop in a pinch and he could be the lead-off man on days when Rafael Furcal doesn't play. He'd be a great guy to come off the bench to pinch hit late in games when the Birds need to get a man on base. And he is also capable of pinch running or even stealing a base when needed.
He signed a pretty cheap contract -- $1.5 million, or about half of what the Cardinals paid Theriot last season -- and it might make a lot of sense for St. Louis, with its surplus of bullpenners, to swap an extra arm for him.
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If the Cardinals are really trying to deal Kyle McClellan, trading him to San Francisco for Theriot could save the team some payroll space if it eventually wants to make a run at Roy Oswalt for the starting rotation.
The Cardinals claimed that Theriot was a great guy in the locker room. So I'm puzzled about why they didn't try to keep him as a reserve after the 2011 season.
But the bottom line is that I'm not really excited about Alex Cora or Eugenio Velez as the last guy on the roster. I would rather have Theriot who can hit for a better batting average than both of those guys put together.