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Cardinals add another infielder to the mix

 

The St. Louis Cardinals have made another trade, albeit one that isn't quite as exciting as the one in which they acquired Gold Glove outfielder Jason Heyward.

The club picked up switch-hitting infielder Ty Kelly from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor league hurler Sam Gaviglio.

Kelly, 26, wasn't likely to make the Mariners roster in the spring, trapped at the Class AAA level. So Seattle decided to try to get something for him instead of just giving the infielder away. The Redbirds offered Gaviglio, a right-handed pitcher who had a 4.28 ERA in Class AA Springfield last year.

Kelly hit .320 in 2013 for the Tacoma Rainiers over 54 games. Last year he hit only .263 in 134 games. But he cranked 15 home runs and led his club with 80 runs batted in. He struck out 96 times and walked 85.

He plays third base, second base and the outfield corners. So Kelly could battle for a utility role on the Cardinals roster in 2015. He'd add some pop off the bench. But the problem is, while he's a switch hitter, he's much better left handed. The Redbirds remain vulnerable to southpaw pitchers with lefties Matt Carpenter, Matt Adams, Heyward, Kolten Wong and Jon Jay (although Jay hit lefties extremely well last season) in the starting lineup.

 

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