The first official half-week of St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training camp in Jupiter has come to an end.
Feb 15, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) during spring training at Roger Dean Stadium. Image Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Rick Hummel writes that reliever Seth Maness fits just fine into the Cardinals plan for their bullpen this season. Maness is more of a ground ball pitcher than a power arm, even though he pitches into the low 90s
“Given how Seth pitched last year, there’s a very high probability that he’ll be on the squad,” general manager John Mozeliak told Hummel before adding that Maness “still needs to have a good camp.”
Payroll down the line probably is not something to be thinking about right now but after the Atlanta Braves gave a contract extension to pitcher Julio Teheran, Bernie wonders what this might mean for Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha. It’s nothing to worry about right now but from a free agency perspective, it’s important for the club that not everyone is a free agent at once. A year or two down the line, the club should certainly start thinking about an extension.
In shortstop news, according to the same article:
"The Cardinals had a front office member scout Cuban shortstop/infield Aledmys Diaz at his workout Thursday. Diaz is eligible to sign as a free agent with a team next week. He faced live pitching in the workout."
Diaz is looking at a payday in the range of $20-30 million.