Greg Garcia, SS
Please, can we please find someone to take Greg Garcia? Don’t get me wrong, I like Garcia but I just don’t see a place for him on the team. Now, with the likes of Aledmys Diaz in the wings (or probably more likely taking his place as the utility backup for the infield).
Sure, Garcia came through with a few big hits last season but now the organization is full of backups like the aforementioned Diaz and Jedd Gyorko. I fully expect these two players, Diaz and Gyorko, to produce offensively and defensively better than Garcia. Let’s be honest too that production is something needed more so than bench depth when looking at Cardinal opponents in 2016.
Garcia has some value thanks to decent enough statistics albeit not immensely strong statistics. His MLB career slash line (small sample size warning) is .225/.337/.360. His defensive stats display at an average .952 fielding percentage playing second, third, and short stop.
While he is projected to be on the rise, perhaps another team could utilize this pre-arbitration eligible, 0.6 WAR player. But which team might this be in 2016? The Cardinals have had decent luck in years past sending short stops and utility players to the Yankees so they might be a good spot to send Garcia.
I would love to see the team shed the weight of Garcia but my best guess is that the team has little traction at this time. Production and positive performance in spring will certainly help this. Let us all hope that Greg finds a way to wow scouts in the early days of spring.
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