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MLB Rumors: St. Louis Cardinals make shortstop Pete Kozma available in trades


The St. Louis Cardinals filled a need at shortstop this off-season by adding Jhonny Peralta on a four-year deal. The reason it was a position of need, of course, was the subpar production of Pete Kozma (among others).

Now that the Cardinals have their guy for the starting lineup, they are making their scraps available to the rest of the league. Normally that would be enticing, but in Kozma’s case the intrigue is limited.

Last season Kozma batted .217 and he is a career .232 hitter. That said, he is only 25 years old, plays good defense, and is under team control forever (through 2018). He might not offer a ton of upside, but if he grows into the offensive side of his game he could be a decent option at a spot that’s tough to fill.

There are teams with glaring needs at short (looking at you Mets) and others that could benefit from a good defensive option at that spot (looking at you Yankees, but shh…it’s a secret). A trade for Kozma would be no blockbuster, but it could land a team a moderately good option at short.

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