The St. Louis Cardinals have done very well by dropping dead weight this week. Boggs was shipped to Tulsa (AA-Rockies) for 206K which goes towards the international signing bonus, and Ty Wigginton was sent to Lambert International Airport.
Boggs was a big part of the Cards since 2009. He won a ring in 2011 and had a great 2012 with a 2.21 ERA in 78 appearances. But what is freshest in Cardinals fans’ memories is his failure this season.
After representing team USA in the World Baseball Classic this spring, Boggs unravelled and lost it. Whatever it was that made him an ideal set-up man is not what makes up a closer. His pitches did not move. He looked like a 5th grader who didn’t study for the big test, shook.
Boggs had two chances to succeed thanks to a faithful St. Louis front office. But blowing saves and amassing a whopping 11.05 ERA and 2.45 WHIP was all the once reliable Georgian could show besides new looks.
The best part of his 2013 season was representing the Memphis Redbirds well in a brawl with the Albuquerque Isotopes last month, when he was ejected for blowing off steam with his fists. Hopefully a new team can create some life for Boggs. Starting in AA with Colorado might be a rejuvunating experience for the 29 year old.
St. Louis could face Mitchell Boggs in Denver during September where balls already soar.
Moving away from history, a refined 25 man Cardinals roster in now in tact minus the fat old utility guy (0 RBI) plus catcher Rob Johnson. Now MVP favorite Yadier Molina can spend a little less time on his knees, and more time smashing.