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St. Louis Cardinals: What to do About Short?

With the injury of Jhonny Peralta, the Cardinals are searching for his replacement. They would prefer to stay in-house to find him but is that enough?

A few weeks ago, starting shortstop Jhonny Peralta, went down with a thumb injury. Fortunately for the Cardinals, there is enough time before Opening Day to find a suitable replacement at short. The obvious in house option is Jedd Gyorko, who was acquired from the Padres this offseason for Jon Jay.

It looks like its Gyorko’s job to lose and lets face it, he’s losing it. Gyorko was a major bust in San Diego and a possible change of scenery could have been the fix he was looking for. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Gyorko has not been producing this spring training and has shown no signs of improvement. So far this spring, he has hit .174 with only 1 extra base hit and no homeruns. Gyorko was expected to hit balls out of the ball park on occasion and carry an average that is at least above the Mendoza line. He failing miserably in both categories.

On the other hand, Gyorko has impressed with the glove, making every play that has comes his way. Fielding wise, Gyorko is an adequate replacement for the average fielding Peralta in a ground ball heavy Cardinals pitching staff .

On the other hand, the other in house options for the Cardinals have been impressive. Aledmys Diaz, 25, has shown tremendous potential this spring playing an impressive 52 innings at shortstop, proving he can play the position. In addition, his bat is definitely a plus posting a .286/.355/.393 slash line this spring. He has 3 extra base hits, adding power to his impressive average.

The other in house option is a more notable one to Cardinals fans in Greg Garcia. Garcia was the Cardinals utility infielder in 2015 and also an extra left handed bat to come off the bench late in games. He has shown that he is reliable in the field when games matter and can sustain a sufficient average at the plate.

This spring Garcia has an average of .273 while playing an impressive shortstop with no errors. Garcia has the most experience in the Cardinals’ lineup and has shown in the past that he is an adequate back up. However, he lacks the power that the Cardinals would normally get from shortstop.

Don’t think because the Cardinals have so many in house options that general manager John Mozeliak isn’t looking for a suitable replacement in the trade market. There have been many reports linking the Cardinals to Arizona Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed according to the Boston Globe. The D-Backs have an surplus of middle infielders in Chris Owings, Jean Segura and Brandon Drury so Ahmed is looking at an uphill battle in Arizona.

The Diamondbacks showed us this offseason that they are in win now mode so the Cardinals must trade a MLB arm to acquire Ahmed. With the surplus of arms in the Cardinals organization, the Cards could make this trade with very little impact on their farm system but ultimately, it is not worth giving up a MLB ready pitcher who could help tremendously down the stretch for a 2 month replacement shortstop when they have other in house options.

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