I am currently in the frigid plains of Nebraska, to celebrate the holidays with my wife’s family. Seeing how today is Christmas I thought I would briefly make mention of a pretty decent Christmas present from the past.
Last year, I was sitting in the same chair in front of this same borrowed computer when I learned that the Cardinals had traded Jim Edmonds for David Freese. At the time, it seemed that the best part of the deal for the Cardinals was that they were shedding some payroll and opening up a spot for Colby Rasmus.
As it turns out, Rasmus didn’t take that spot, but the trade did arguably provide the ample playing time that Ludwick needed to have his breakout year. It also turned out that David Freese was no mere throw in. He has become a legitimate prospect that probably deserves a shot to play 3B in the majors at some point in the next couple of years.
What started out as a salary dump (at least in my mind) turned into a steal. Merry Christmas indeed!
I think I can speak for all of the writers at Future Redbirds when I say that we hope you all have a very happy and safe holiday season. Maybe the Cardinals will come through with another Christmas surprise under the tree this year.