Mar 1, 2012; Jupiter, FL. USA; St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak addresses the media during a press conference announcing the contract extension of St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (not pictured) at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Ty Wigginton's Replacement?


The St. Louis Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak forgot to replace Ty Wigginton.  The role that was so vital this spring became a joke this fall, and now that Allen Craig is dinged-up, STL looks vulnerable.

Wiggy was awful for the Redbirds, and there is no need to summarize his fall.  But right about NOW is the time that a vet would help one of the youngest teams in MLB.  After letting the failed Wigginton experiment go this summer, the Cardinals organization chose not to fill the once important role of “Mr. Fix It”.

While I am thrilled that Mr. Wigginton is no longer a fake bench player disguised as a real utility guy, my problem is that no there was no acquisition that followed his departure.

Kindergarteners can explain how the math does not add up.

After Allen Craig crashed last month, there was one less right handed stick to face lefties.  On a team that nostalgically cannot bother southpaws this year, there is a great necessity for a strong right handed bat to compliment Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina, and the switcheroo Carlos Beltran.

So where is that timber?  Maybe Mike Matheny or Bengie Molina can step in when needed instead of the broken Birdinals bench.

John Mozeliak’s greatest failure in 2013 was entrusting pinch hitting and filling in to a bunch of no names that strike no fear in the heart’s of pitchers or defenses.

May 26, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Ty Wigginton (12) and right fielder Shane Robinson (43) high five after defeating Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

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  • Moveguy

    Thomas at the trade deadline we had Craig playing first and Matt Adams coming off the bench to strike fear in anyone. While it would have been nice to pick up another good stick, we don’t know who was available and for what price. I just went over the trade deadline deals and I did not see anyone who fit that description that got dealt.

    It is my understanding that you have to be in the organization by 9/1 in order to be eligible. So with Craig getting hurt in September, it was to late to do a deal to try and get a real bat off the bench for the playoffs.

    • Thomas Demerath

      You are right on, but where was the insurance? Someone who might have seemed not to fit then might seem pretty fitting now.

      My point is that there was no compensation for Wiggy who was let go before the ASG.

      Lets not forget STL invested $5 Million in Ty, so there was/is a need.

      Thanks for reading. Go Cards!