Jurickson Profar for Oscar Taveras?


The Texas Rangers have a problem. They have too many Major League-caliber shortstops and not enough at bats for both of them. Is it possible that one could be used as a DH? Yes, certainly but I just don’t see it.
Mar 19, 2013; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Oscar Taveras (87) rounds third base and scores a run in the fourth inning during a spring training game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. Image Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
MLB.com columnist Peter Gammons tweeted the following earlier this evening:

Getting Oscar Taveras‘ name wrong notwithstanding, I just don’t see this move happening at all. While the Rangers deal with the challenges of having two shortstops and it is certainly feasible that Pete Kozma might not be the starting shortstop next season, Taveras is going to be in the Cardinals outfield for years to come.

I think this is all “talk” for now. It could happen but I highly doubt that it does.

Meanwhile, this afternoon saw another battle for the 5th starting rotation spot between Shelby Miller and Joe Kelly. The Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins 5-4.

Miller had the better outing today. Facing 14 batters, he struck out 3, allowed 1 hit and 1 walk. Meanwhile, Kelly struggled today and allowed 8 hits and 4 runs.

Allen Craig hit his second home run of spring training in the 4th inning. Kelly helped himself by going 2 for 2 at the plate with a run and and RBI.

Now that the World Baseball Classic is over, Yadier Molina will be returning to camp. What to watch for will be the numbers that the pitchers put up. Molina makes every pitcher better, even if it’s not recognizable at the time. It would have interested me to see how Miller and Kelly would have done with Molina behind the plate all spring.

The Cardinals have Wednesday off but for you early morning owls out there, the game will be reairing on the MLB Network at 3 AM Eastern time.