Cardinals Acquire Ryan Theriot

The Cardinals acquired infielder Ryan Theriot from the Dodgers for righty Blake Hawksworth, according to the Dodgers' official Twitter feed.  Theriot was a non-tender candidate for the Dodgers in the wake of their Juan Uribe signing, but the Cardinals have a need for him. 

The Cardinals view Theriot as a shortstop and could still pursue a second baseman, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter).

Theriot, 31 next month, is intimately familiar with the NL Central after spending parts of six seasons with the Cubs.  He was dealt to the Dodgers at the trade deadline this year along with Ted Lilly.  Theriot struggled offensively at both stops, hitting a combined .270/.321/.312 in 640 plate appearances.  He'll still be due a raise on this year's $2.6MM, a salary he was assigned after losing a February arbitration case.

Hawksworth, 28 in March, posted a 4.98 ERA, 6.1 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 1.5 HR/9, and 51.5% groundball rate in 90 1/3 innings for the Cardinals this year.  Heading into the 2008 season, Baseball America ranked Hawksworth 20th among Cardinals prospects, praising his changeup but noting his injury history and struggles against left-handed hitters.

This appears to be the first time GMs Ned Colletti and John Mozeliak matched up on a trade.


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192 Comments on "Cardinals Acquire Ryan Theriot"


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WrigleyTerror37
4 years 7 months ago

well welcome back to the Nl central The RIOT!!!

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whitesoxfan424
4 years 7 months ago

Wow, I know about 40 Cubs fans who are exceedingly unhappy right now.

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BrocNessMonster
4 years 7 months ago

Why? This move practically improves the Cubs.

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whitesoxfan424
4 years 7 months ago

Every Cubs fan I know loves him. He was a fan favorite. I’m not saying he was great, but he definitely wasn’t bad. I’m thinking he’ll bat 9th given his past success in that position and with LaRussa batting the pitcher 8th typically.

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BlueCatuli
4 years 7 months ago

He regularly batter first or second, eighth on occasion. Major down grade defensively at SS. Surprised they gave up Hawkswirth.

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jwsox
4 years 7 months ago

how theroit is actually a good baseball player he hits for average, has some pop, can steal a bag or two, and is a solid defender(even better when moved to 2nd) all the cubs fans think he is bad because they were using him as a lead off hitter WHICH HE IS NOT AT ALL…he will be used better in the cards…and with albert, matt, colby in there he should get plenty of pitches to hit

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4 years 7 months ago

Has some pop? Theriot has 16 career home runs.

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BlueCatuli
4 years 7 months ago

He thinks he has pop, he is an awful base runner, and is an average defender. He is a singles hitter who if he stays within himself can have a high OPB and be a nice option to bat second. He is a nice ball player that has a very limited skill set. He is perfect for a LaRussa platoon type lineup. If there is one thing Tony does well it is micromanage and play the match ups. Theriot is someone he can use to his advantage, much like Baker used Johnny Gomes to his advantage in 2009 before they tried to make him an every day player. He really didn’t fit in the Cubs or Dodgers line ups or future plans.

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BrocNessMonster
4 years 7 months ago

We must be talk about different Ryan Theriots.

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jwsox
4 years 7 months ago

how theroit is actually a good baseball player he hits for average, has some pop, can steal a bag or two, and is a solid defender(even better when moved to 2nd) all the cubs fans think he is bad because they were using him as a lead off hitter WHICH HE IS NOT AT ALL…he will be used better in the cards…and with albert, matt, colby in there he should get plenty of pitches to hit

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Reign Delay
4 years 7 months ago

Depth

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ThinkBlue10
4 years 7 months ago

wow! We don’t have to non-tender him now. So is Hawksworth any good? He has a pretty cool name.

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Stl_Great
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah he is, No clue why we traded him for Ryan Theriot. Great.

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stl_cards16
4 years 7 months ago

Hawksworth has some potential. Nothing special. Probably be best suited as a reliever and can give you a decent spot start when needed.

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CodyG
4 years 7 months ago

Not really, a top prospect a couple of years ago and then he basically hasn’t done much since.

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mojowo11
4 years 7 months ago

His name is better than his ability, unfortunately. But he is not without upside, and is a former pretty-good prospect. He gets grounders at a decent clip, but he needs to cut down on the walks if he wants to be effective and he doesn’t have overpowering strikeout stuff. All in all, I’d say he’s a pretty fungible commodity. I wouldn’t say this is appreciably better than having released Theriot, because the Dodgers can probably find a Blake Hawksworth in their own system somewhere.

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Red_Line_9
4 years 7 months ago

I’m wondering if the Dodgers were after Blake Hawksworth so they could sell his name rights to a daytime soap opera. What a handle!

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Lance29
4 years 7 months ago

No. He sucks. Take it from a Cards fan. We are happy he is gone.

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4 years 7 months ago

wow i hope i never play for your team is that the way you treat all your players

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InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 7 months ago

Is he the GM? He isn’t “treating his players” in any way, I’m assuming he just roots for the team, not manages them…

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4 years 7 months ago

what i meant by it was appreciate what hawksworth contributed to this team not slam him for anything he did wrong

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4 years 7 months ago

Chances are, you will never play for any MLB team

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adieuordie
4 years 7 months ago

if you’re that sensitive, i wouldn’t want you to play for “my” team

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adieuordie
4 years 7 months ago

if you’re that sensitive, i wouldn’t want you to play for “my” team

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Scott
4 years 7 months ago

Well, Hawksworth was one of the better pitching prospects, at least in a fill-in position, compared to the rest of the minor leaguers. (I know, that doesn’t mean much)

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Guest
4 years 7 months ago

LOL.. whatever enjoy some of theRIOT. God is he bad.

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achilles111
4 years 7 months ago

worst shortstop arm in the major leagues

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4 years 7 months ago

uhh..I’d have to disagree. I think Betancourt for the Royals is the worst everyday SS in the bigs.

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4 years 7 months ago

Not a SS at all, good 2nd baseman and I really liked him as the #2 hitter for the Dodgers this year. But we needed some pop so glad we have Uribe instead but nonetheless a good player and i think a good trade for both teams.

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4 years 7 months ago

Not a SS at all, good 2nd baseman and I really liked him as the #2 hitter for the Dodgers this year. But we needed some pop so glad we have Uribe instead but nonetheless a good player and i think a good trade for both teams.

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Guest
4 years 7 months ago

LOL.. whatever enjoy some of theRIOT. God is he bad.

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4 years 7 months ago

what your gonna get out of hawksworht is a solid long reliever and potential spot starter at times he has been brilliant but other times hes been a little questionable at best. In my opinion i think it was a good deal i liked hawksworth a lot but i also see theriot as a great pick up

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penpaper
4 years 7 months ago

So I guess that means that the Bartlett rumors are officially dead?

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Stl_Great
4 years 7 months ago

Nope, Theriot will play 2B taking Schumakers spot if we get a trade in line for Bartlett.

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penpaper
4 years 7 months ago

Surely, the Cardinals won’t move Ryan for Bartlett because that wouldn’t be very smart. Bartlett is expensive and slowly becoming overrated on how much he’ll get paid and how much he’s actually worth.

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mojowo11
4 years 7 months ago

Not to mention that Ryan’s defense is arguably the best in the league and the Cards starters all get a lot of ground balls. FWIW, Ryan seemed a lot less helpless at the plate in the second half last year than in the first, which I believe McGwire attributed to him trying some new stuff in the first half but then changing back to some old habits that were working better for him in the second half.

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cachhubguy
4 years 7 months ago

“Ryan’s defense is excellent” might be the funniest thing I’ve ever read.

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penpaper
4 years 7 months ago

Have you seen any Cardinal game this past season? There’s no doubt that he saved runs in bunches last year and the stats prove that.

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4 years 7 months ago

why?

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$1639238
4 years 7 months ago

Hmm…you are aware everyone from Baseballprospectus to John Dewan to Fangraphs to anyone who watches baseball ever widely considers him to be one of the top, if not THE top defensive shortstop in baseball….right?

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Craig Cutler
4 years 7 months ago

And why is that. Statistically the guy had the best range in all of baseball. Would have, should have been gold glove winner if it weren’t for his horrid hitting. Which its called a gold glove award, not silver slugger. Baseball awards are stupid as hell sometimes.

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Stl_Great
4 years 7 months ago

How? His defense his great, GG worthy for sure.

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tehzachatak
4 years 7 months ago

come on dude.. the guy is probably the best defensive SS in MLB

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shysox
4 years 7 months ago

Sorry. That one goes to Troy Tulowitzki. Alexei Ramirez is getting up there. Actually, Brendan Ryan’s defense at shortstop ranked best in the league.

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4 years 7 months ago

I’m guessing you aren’t an educated MLB fan because you could see how goo Ryan is defensively by simply looking at stats

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djfanon
4 years 7 months ago

Cards fans just got trolled hard…

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wintwins
4 years 7 months ago

I think BJ Ryan is a better shortstop than Brendan Ryan

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brstreet9
4 years 7 months ago

B.J. Ryan is out there. Maybe the Twins can sign him to play short. Might look a little goofy being left handed though.

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brstreet9
4 years 7 months ago

B.J. Ryan is out there. Maybe the Twins can sign him to play short. Might look a little goofy being left handed though.

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akbled
4 years 7 months ago

I’m guessing you meant Ryan Theriot

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4551232220476
4 years 7 months ago

they are talking about brendan ryan and not ryan theriot. Theriot is a solid, professional hitter, a proficient second basemen, but a terrible SS with minus range, and doble minus arm.

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Cardinals06
4 years 7 months ago

Mo said on ESPN 101 in the fastlane, that Theriot will be playing ss. I wonder, if that means he wants Hudson for 2B.

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mattevilspawn
4 years 7 months ago

Not what I wanted to hear. I’d prefer Boog stay at SS and Theriot slide mainly to 2B, only occasionally filling in at SS and maybe, MAYBE 3B once in a blue moon.

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BlueCatuli
4 years 7 months ago

Except the post says the Cardinals view him as a SS.