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As soon as the St. Louis Cardinals announced their signing of Allen Craig to a five-year contract with a sixth-year option, some assumed that pushed Matt Adams’ time as a Cardinal to its end.
The reality is that while the $31 million deal is good for Craig and good for the Cardinals, it has no impact on Adams’ constricted major league opportunity at all.
Here is why.
Even before the new contract, Craig was under team control for four more seasons, through 2016. While the deal bought cost certainty for the team and financial security for Craig, he wasn’t going anywhere any time soon, either way.
Yes, Craig is blocking Adams from everyday duty at the latter’s only defensive position, first base. The reality is that Craig was blocking Adams last week and he still is blocking him today. The contract changes absolutely nothing in that aspect.
In spring 2013, Adams first has to make the team. Then he can look for pinch-hitting at-bats, stray starts when Craig rests or fills in for one o...
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Matt Holliday has arrived at Roger Dean but said he won't work out or do anything today. He's still dealing with the flu.
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As I went through my final edit of my previous article about Matt Adams’ playing time blockage with the St. Louis Cardinals, I expanded the section at the end just before posting.
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had surgery Monday to repair a ruptured disk in his lower back.
Matheny underwent the procedure in St. Louis. Before leaving the team on Sunday, Matheny said he expected to be back at spring training for Thursday's game against Atlanta in Jupiter.
"As of right now, he's feeling great," St. Louis general...
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