My Mets source has sent an update regarding the recent Victor Diaz information. Seems the Cards just weren’t offering enough in Mark Worrell for Diaz. Diaz remains widely available, and could be used to acquire a decent second baseman like Mark Grudzielanek.
The Cardinals have another outfielder on the radar – old favorite Reggie Sanders. Reggie is 38 now, and he’s not showing any ability to get on base as a regular for the Royals. Still, his .259/.301/.476 line (8 home runs) is not far from his work with St. Louis back in ’04. Sanders typically walks about 7-8% of the time, but this year it’s been below 6%. I guess his new club is influencing his style – KC is second to last in the AL in walks this year.
Sanders’s .777 OPS is just the 12th best among AL right fielders. He signed a two-year, $10MM deal with the Royals last offseason. He’d probably play left field if he returned to St. Louis. As a group, the Cardinals’ left fielders have hit just .243/.305/.321 with one home run. At the least, Sanders would provide a power threat.
The Cardinals will likely settle for a second tier outfielder in the trade market, as I’m told Anthony Reyes and Adam Wainwright are being slotted into the 2007 rotation.