Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez, And An Embarrassment Of Shortstop Riches

I don't think I'll have time to be mad about it until I'm done being mad about the Miami Marlins chasing Albert Pujols, but as a St. Louis Cardinals fan I have to say it: The Marlins have too many good shortstops, and I'm pissed off about it. Analysis: Here is the number of good shortstops the Cardinals had in 2011: Zero shortstops. Here is the number of five-WAR seasons the Marlins' two shortstops have had in the last six seasons: Eight shortstop-seasons.

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And they're going to just move one of them! Oddly enough, they're going to move the one with worryingly declining offensive numbers, instead of the one with well-known injury problems, but they're just going to take one of those shortstops and move them someplace else!

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Last year the Cardinals started Ryan Theriot at shortstop 87 times. They started Pete Kozma at shortstop twice. They acquired, at midseason, an injury-prone 33-year-old coming off 37 terrible games and he proceeded to be such a massive improvement that they want to sign him again next year. This year the Marlins will be able to start Hanley Ramirez at shortstop, if Jose Reyes needs the night off.

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That's it: The Marlins aren't allowed to have Pujols. 

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