St. Louis Cardinals rumors: Can St. Louis support a free agent infielder?

Ezra Shaw

The St. Louis Cardinals are uniquely positioned to offer a shortstop a starting job, so long as it's not entirely at shortstop.

The St. Louis Cardinals aren't a conventional free agent destination for a name-brand shortstop, inasmuch as they already have one of their own; Rafael Furcal's progress during his injury rehab has been tracked by GM John Mozeliak in unnecessary detail. Their starting second baseman is still in the fold, too, along with a prospect (Kolten Wong) and a postseason hero (Pete Kozma.) But none of that should keep Stephen Drew (or, in trade, Asdrubal Cabrera) from coming over, because these Cardinals are actually uniquely qualified to play host to a new shortstop.

He'll just have to be... flexible. A guy like Stephen Drew would probably start the season at second base, assuming Mozeliak's hosannas about Furcal are to be trusted; Daniel Descalso, the incumbent, is no threat, and better suited to replace Skip Schumaker as the Cardinals' left-handed-hitting utility infielder than to start.

Why should a shortstop agree to come to Busch Stadium and play behind Rafael Furcal, then? Because nobody plays behind Rafael Furcal, exactly--it's more like playing next to him, and waiting for him to miss 20 or 30 games with some malady or another. Anybody who comes to St. Louis to start at second base is also coming to St. Louis to start for a month or so when Furcal can't go.

Asdrubal Cabrera would probably push Furcal to second. But a guy like Stephen Drew, who is already getting calls about joining contenders as a genuine utility infielder, could burnish his utility credentials at Busch Stadium while also starting 150 games across the infield. There are worse fates.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation St. Louis

You must be a member of SB Nation St. Louis to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation St. Louis. You should read them.

Join SB Nation St. Louis

You must be a member of SB Nation St. Louis to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation St. Louis. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.