St. Louis Cardinals sign Chris Jacobs to minor league contract


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. 

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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.