Greene to get fresh start in Houston

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Admittedly surprised by the news that he was no longer a Cardinal, Tyler Greene also seemed pleased about the opportunity to get a fresh start elsewhere. In fact, in the span of about five minutes, he used the word “excited” more than a dozen times to talk about the Cardinals’ decision to trade him to Houston.

It was becoming obvious that Greene was never going to thrive here in St. Louis. He seemed mentally worn down by the inability to play well consistently. And limited playing time certainly wasn’t going to help jumpstart Greene anytime soon. Perhaps Greene will flourish elsewhere, but it’s safe to say he never would have here.

Greene took time to talk with the media before leaving Busch Stadium, and you can read his comments, as well as some from general manager John Mozeliak, in this story.

After the Cardinals’ win on Thursday, manager Mike Matheny added his thoughts about Greene’s departure:

“I’m excited that he’s got a new opportunity, and I think it’s going to be a good fit for him. I think he’s going to get a lot of playing time, from what we hear, and that’s what anybody needs. He and I have had many discussions this year. I hate to see the person leave, as I am a big fan of Tyler, the person. I’m a big fan of the ability that he has. I do believe that will click for him sometime.

“Right now, we’re in the middle of the hunt and we have to try and put our best eight players out there each day and it was tough to find time for him because the other guys are heating up.

“I’m sad to see him go, but I know that this could be one the best things that ever happened to him in his career.”

The Cardinals have not yet announced the corresponding roster move that will add a player to their 25-man roster, but it’s likely the Cardinals will pluck a middle infielder out of Triple-A.  Ryan Jackson, Pete Kozma and Eugenio Velez would all seem to be options.

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5 Comments

What players are on the list to choose from for T. Greene?

I wish him well but his was a wasted roster spot. STL management has always been reluctant to give up on its top draft choices: Ankiel, Rasmus, Greene, etc. all the way back to Wade Blasingame. He should have been dispatched long ago. Cost the team a lot of wins with his inability to play at a major league level

Uh, Wade Blasingame was active long before the Rule 4 draft, and was never in the Cardinals organization, apart from literally a few days at the end of the road. If you mean Wade Boyett, I’m impressed — I’d never even heard of the guy, let alone realized he was a high (2nd round) Cards draft choice. However, they didn’t really overcommit to him either. As for TG, he didn’t really cost the team “a lot of wins” because he didn’t play enough to, both MM and TLR being understandably reluctant to run him out there as often as his fans would have liked. The real harm was in opportunity cost: the inability to extract anything useful from the guy at the end of the bench, because he never gets off the bench. Replacing him with a more useful player can only be a positive in that regard — if one can be found. As modest as TG’s skills are, they still don’t grow on trees. I hope Ryan Jackson’s will be an improvement until Kolten Wong or Greg Garcia are ready. They aren’t guaranteed to be, and Wong and Garcia aren’t sure things either.

Let’s get Ankiel in September for the run to the WS

SORRY – I DISAGREE…GREEN IS ONE OF THOSE THAT TAKES LONGER TO MAKE HIS MARK,BUT WE COULD HAE PICKED HIM AND HIS GLOVE UP S A INFIELD BACK UP…MUCH AS I LIKE RAFAEL, HE MAY NOT BE HERE NEXT YEAR, AND IF SO AT 36 HE
COULD MAKE A GREAT FILL IN IF HIS B A COULD IMPORVE…..BUT GREEN HAS IT ALL
AND IS A DEFINITE CARDINAL SOLDIER, MUCH LIKE FREESE…..A LOT OF TALENT THAT
JUST NEEDS TIME TO SURFACE…..AND I CANNOT IMAGINE OUT CHALLENGED MGMT
TRADING FREESE FOR A “PLAYER” LATER…..AND I HOPE TONY ATTENDS MOST OF THE GAME, BUT IF NOT, MIKE NEEDS A GOOD CELL PHONE TO CALL TONY FOR HIS
IN-PUT BEORE MAKING THE WRONG GUESS…COULDN’T BELIEVE IT WHEN THEY PITCHED TO ‘MELKY’ AND HE PROMPTLY LOST THE BALL, AND TURNDED THE GAME
FOR THE CARDS…UP HILL…..LUCKY WE HAVE WAINRIGHT WHO IS LIKE CARPETER…
A REAL STEADY MAN TO RELY ON…..THE GM AND THE NEW MANAGER STILL WORRY ME BUT WE HAVE ONE IN DENVER WITH 7 YEARS ON THE JOB, STILL IGNORES MOVING
A BASE RUNNER UP……HE MAY BE GONE BY THE NEW YEAR…..AND MATHENY COULD
RELY ON TONY’S EXPERIENCE…..THATS NO INSULT……BUT NOW ITS GO OR NO GO TIME AND THE REDBIRDS CANNOT DUPLICATE LAST YEAR….THEY HAVE TO START
NOW, AND THE BEST MOVE THEY HAVE MADE IS SLECTING A GOOD LEAD OFF MAN…
AND ITS ABOUT TIME THEY CUT HIM SOME SLACK TOO……

MTN FANTOM

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