In a minor move this morning, the Cardinals acquired outfielder Preston Wilson. The 32 year-old had been released by the Astros.
Wilson is expected to step in for Chris Duncan if the clock strikes midnight or for Jim Edmonds if this post-concussion thing persists. Wilson at least has an OK ability to hit southpaws most years, whereas Edmonds has been slipping in ’06. Still, Edmonds mashed them in ’05 and this year’s sample is only 95 at-bats.
The Astros released Wilson after his SLG plummeted to just .405 this season. He slugged .443 in Washington last year and PECOTA projected .463 for ’06. I know I thought he’d hit 30 home runs playing half his games in Minute Maid.