It appears that St. Louis Cardinals GM John Mozeliak has things to do and is getting all of the business done before the Thanksgiving holiday hits this week.
Manager extended. Checkmark.
Shortstop. Nearly a checkmark.
Move broken down third baseman. Check.
The Cardinals have announced Chris Carpenter is retiring. (Perhaps the Pirates will give him a call? I keed, I keed) Last night we learned the birds added Gorgeous Peter Bourjos and first-round pick Randal Grichuk for David Freese and Fernando Salas.
Tonight we learn that Jhonny Peralta is closing in on a deal with the NL Central champs. I will be anxious to see how many years the Cardinals give him.
Here is the tweet on Carpenter:
“He’ll go down as one of the greatest we’ve ever had.” – @Cardinals GM, John Mozeliak, on Chris Carpenter’s retirement.
— ESPN (@espn) November 20, 2013
We can only pray that Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk being added to the Cardinals somehow doesn’t turn out how the voices in our heads tell us it will.
Doesn’t the team who moves quickly in solving all of their weaknesses usually struggle? Tell me it’s so.
Grichuk has a shot at becoming a big leaguer. Bourjos is younger. Bourjos is more cost friendly than Freese. And he can play center field like a superstar….when he is healthy.
Matheny got three more years from the Cardinals
The tweet announcing the news on Peralta by Jerry Crasnick:
Free agent Jhonny Peralta closing in on a deal with #STLcards, source confirms.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) November 24, 2013
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) November 20, 2013
So the Pirates have some catching up to do. At least the Cardinals have done all of their work so quickly, now Neal Huntington and the boys can start analyzing it and get to work.
But wait, here is some good news.
Jhonny Peralta: .374 BABIP in 2013. Not a good sign for #Cardinals. Will be hard to keep success of last year.
— Cover The Bases (@CoverTheBases) November 24, 2013
Oh, he’s just 12 years old, but screw it, I am riding with that. And the fact that the Gorgeous one never seems to be able to stay on the field and had just five hits in August and September last year.