The St. Louis Cardinals have added to their first base depth chart with a depth signing.
The St. Louis Cardinals have signed a first basemen. Rejoice, rejoice, oh wait he’s just a minor leaguer?
According to Rotoworld, the Cardinals announced yesterday that they have signed 27 year old Chris Jacobs to a minor league contract. Jacobs is a season removed from hitting .266 with 25 homers with Dodgers A+ affiliate, also posting a .886 OPS in 126 games playing first and DH.
Jacobs never made it above A+ in the Dodgers organization and signed with the Chicago White Sox as a minor league free agent last season, playing at three different levels, but losing his power as he hit just five homers in 86 games at A+, AA, and AAA. However, one thing to like is his .358 OBP, which is pretty nice.
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This is a depth signing for the organization, as there’s not much left in the way of first basemen at the upper minor league levels. I would expect Jacobs to be in the mix for the AAA first basemen job, with Xavier Scruggs now being with the Miami Marlins organization.
If the Cardinals are snake bitten by injury again this year, I could see this being a good signing for the team. But, other than that I don’t see Jacobs making much of an impact at the major league level. This is a depth signing to improve first base at AA/AAA, it would be great if Jacobs has a career renaissance and becomes a player at the major, but if not it won’t hurt the team.