Feb. 24: Q of the Day
I was watching the Marlins-Cardinals game on Saturday, and I noticed that Zack Cox was playing for Miami. I was very disappointed because I was eager to see the Cardinals develop him into a productive player on their team. My question is how and why did he end up in Miami?
– Ryan L., Rector, Ark.
The Cardinals dealt Cox to Miami last July when the club acquired Edward Mujica at the Trade Deadline. Cox, despite his prospect status years ago, had clearly stalled in the Cardinals’ system. It was becoming difficult to see where he’d have a fit in St. Louis or if he’d have one at all.
At the same time, the Cardinals clearly had a need in the bullpen last year and were able to address it by trading a prospect whose value was decreasing. Given what Mujica did to stabilize the Cards’ bullpen down the stretch last year, the trade has to be deemed a success. In addition, the Cardinals were able to retain Mujica for another year since he was arbitration-eligible over the winter.
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