Feb. 17: Q of the Day
During the offseason, Jhonny Peralta was acquired to solve the revolving door at shortstop. Matt Carpenter is a solid third baseman. How will the Cards provide depth behind them? Does the team have room for both Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma on the bench?
– Sally D., Ferguson, Mo.
Depth behind Carpenter/Peralta will most likely be provided by Descalso, who projects to be one of the two backup infielders the Cardinals keep on their 25-man roster. The other will be Mark Ellis. Descalso can play anywhere across the infield, and that versatility is valuable to the Cardinals. Ellis, while signed primarily as insurance at second base, could also be an option at third.
As for Kozma, he has a tough path to crack the roster. A year after entering the season as the team’s starting shortstop, Kozma comes to camp with no Major League job security. He’s fallen below Descalso on the depth chart, and unless the Cardinals opt to keep three infielders on their five-man bench, Kozma is likely ticketed to Memphis for the start of the season. He is still the best defensive shortstop the Cardinals have that is Major League ready, but his offensive ability hurts his case for a bench job.
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