I can't wait to find out the real story on the St. Louis Cardinals' latest acquisition, Aledmys Diaz.
Scouting reports on the Cuban defector have been across the board with the New York Yankees dismissing Diaz as a future utility infielder and the Cardinals comparing him to soon to retire Bronx Bombers shortstop Derek Jeter.
It says something that the Redbirds were reportedly able to snag Diaz for less than $20 million over four years. That's at least 20 percent lower that the most recent comparable Cuban defectors. And it may be considerably less than that.
But the Cardinals have a way of picking out diamonds in the rough and polishing them into productive major league players. It's entirely possible that the Redbirds talent evaluators have found another hidden gem.
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After all, while $20 million is RELATIVELY cheap, it ain't cheap. And I sincerely doubt that the Cardinals would throw money away on a player if they didn't really believe that guy had a chance to be a significant contributor.
As stocked as the Birds are in young talent, one thing the club could use is a versatile, right-handed hitting infielder.
The Cardinals could be a nightmare for opposing managers because of the way they can interchange position players.
Major League ready players by position:
1B: Allen Craig (R), Matt Adams (L), Matt Carpenter (L)
2B: Kolten Wong (L), Mark Ellis (R), Carpenter (L), Diaz (R), Descalso (L), Kozma (R)
3B: Carpenter (L), Jhonny Peralta (R), Descalso (L), Diaz (R)
SS: Peralta (R), Descalso (L), Kozma (R), Diaz
LF: Holliday (R), Craig (R), Peralta (R), Jay (L), Bourjos (R), Taveras (L)
CF: Bourjos (R), Jay (L), Taveras (L)
RF: Craig (R), Peralta (R), Taveras (L), Bourjos (R), Jay (L)
Not all these guys could make the roster. But the ones who don't, as well as several other players tabbed for Class AAA, are a phone call away and will likely be a part of the St. Louis shuttle.