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Cardinals cut ties with Cazana

The Cardinals roster moves at the major league level have put an end to one of the most bizarre chapters of the team's storied history.

Outfielder Amauri Cazana has been released by Class AAA Memphis to make room on the Cardinals' top minor league club for recently demoted fly chaser Shane Robinson.

Cazana, known at the time as Amauri Marte, was selected by St. Louis in the 18th round of the 2006 MLB draft. He was a Cuban defector who claimed to be 24 years old with a powerful line drive spraying bat. Unfortunately, he was actually on the verge of 29 years old.

A .327 hitter in parts of seven minor league seasons, Cazana spent much of the last few years on loan to the Mexican league as the Cardinals apparently didn't know what to do with him. Too old to be a prospect and too talented to be sent elsewhere, he put up ridiculous numbers south of the border with no real plan for the future.

The return of Robinson from St. Louis when the Cardinals activated Lance Berkman from the disabled list caused the Redbirds to finally part ways with Cazana who was hitting .238 with two homers in 30 games in Class AAA this season.

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