Mar 17, 2014; Fort Myers, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma (38) turns a double play as Boston Red Sox first baseman Brandon Snyder (23) slides into second base during the sixth inning at JetBlue Park. The Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 10-5. Image Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Could shortstop Pete Kozma be traded to the Detroit Tigers?

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It’s unlikely that Pete Kozma makes the opening day roster of the St. Louis Cardinals, given Mike Matheny‘s plans to only carry five bench players.


In all likelihood, he will start the season in with the Memphis Redbirds and fight Greg Garcia for playing time.

Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias, acquired from the Boston Red Sox before Jhonny Peralta was suspended, is down with an injury as he has stress fractures in both shins. He hopes to play at some point this season but is starting out on the DL.

Jon Heyman tweeted the following on Monday evening:


They won’t go after Stephen Drew because they don’t want to give up the 23rd draft pick in the first round due to Drew receiving a qualifying offer from the Boston Red Sox.

One possibility, as Heyman suggests, would be to talk to the Arizona Diamondbacks given their surplus of young shortstops in Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings. Will it happen? I don’t know.

A scout suggests Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma. It’s an intriguing match as he has been displaced in St. Louis by former Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Who could the Cardinals get in return if such trade takes place? The best bet would seem to be be middle infield, third base, or a pitcher. What level the player would be, I don’t know. The Tigers are hurting and Kozma is valued at his lowest after last season.

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