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Will St. Louis upgrade at center?

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07:27 AM ET 07.04 | The numbers: Jon Jay this season is batting .241 with a .327 slugging percentage. At some point, the Cardinals will have to upgrade in center field. I don't know if the upgrade will come via trade, or through the eventual (but not imminent) promotion of prospect Oscar Taveras. But the Cardinals have to do better than [Jay]. Based on WAR -- wins above replacement -- he's playing below the replacement-level standard. Nothing personal; Jay is a good guy and teammate and all of that. But the personality has nothing to do with performance. This is a pure baseball discussion. ... You could live with a shortage of offense from the CF spot -- if Jay was providing exceptional defense, but he isn't.

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July 4, 2013  07:48 AM ET

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July 4, 2013  08:36 AM ET

Wins above replacement? Who comes up with these stats?

July 4, 2013  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Wins above replacement? Who comes up with these stats?

The new age stat geeks.

July 4, 2013  08:48 AM ET
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Wins above replacement? Who comes up with these stats?

Yes but his UZR is off the charts!!!

<facepalms>


Happy 4th of July to all: God bless our troops!

July 4, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Yes but his UZR is off the charts!!!<facepalms>Happy 4th of July to all: God bless our troops!

Right back at you.

July 4, 2013  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Happy 4th of July to all: God bless our troops!

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This

July 4, 2013  10:49 AM ET

Think they want Colby Rasmus back? #wishfulthinkingfromToronto

July 4, 2013  12:09 PM ET
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Think they want Colby Rasmus back? #wishfulthinkingfromToronto

No thanks..........

July 4, 2013  12:15 PM ET

Jacoby Ellsbury may be available, for the right price.

July 4, 2013  12:19 PM ET

If they decide to resign Beltran for another season Jay could be the odd man out with Oscar Tavers waiting in the wings.

July 4, 2013  01:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

No thanks..........

No! We don't want Colby Rasmus back.

July 4, 2013  01:35 PM ET

Where is a better centerfielder available for trade? Go for it if you can find it. Taveras isn't really a centerfielder.

 
July 5, 2013  10:17 AM ET
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Jacoby Ellsbury may be available, for the right price.

Wouldn't be the right price for the Cards.

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