3 under-the-radar players the St. Louis Cardinals could sign

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Sep 5, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Andrew Heaney (28) throws to the plate in the second inning against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 5, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Andrew Heaney (28) throws to the plate in the second inning against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 19, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Iglesias (11) hits an RBI double in the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 19, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Iglesias (11) hits an RBI double in the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

Jose Iglesias

It’s clear after two horrid seasons that Paul DeJong is not the answer at shortstop. Prospect Masyn Winn is at least a year away, and with Brendan Donovan often being needed in the outfield, the Cardinals could use a steady middle infielder. Enter Jose Iglesias.

Iglesias would be a valuable one-year solution for the Cardinals while Winn finishes his development in the upper levels of the minor leagues. Last year, Iglesias hit .292 with the Colorado Rockies and struck out only 56 times in 439 at-bats. While he has almost no power, hitting only three home runs last year, he can still be valuable at the plate given how often he puts the ball in play.

Iglesias is a slightly below-average fielder at short, but Tommy Edman could slide over there and give Iglesias time at second base, where he would likely be more suited to play at this point in his career.

Iglesias would be an affordable option for the Cardinals to pursue; his salary last season was $5 million, and he probably won’t command much more than that this year. For a temporary infield solution, the Cardinals could do worse.

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