Cardinals signed infielder Brent Butler, who had been with the Rockies, to a one-year contract. Butler, who hit .248 with a 665 OPS in 553 AB over three seasons with the Rockies, wasn't worthy of a major league deal. Since he got one, it appears that he's being penciled onto next year's squad as a utility infielder.
Cardinals signed first baseman Steve Cox to a one-year contract. Cox, released by his Japanese team last month, could be a cheap solution at first base for St. Louis. However, the team figures to continue to pursue a left fielder for the purposes of moving Albert Pujols to first. Cox, 29, hit .262 with a 757 OPS in 378 games for Tampa Bay before signing with the Yokohama BayStars prior to last season.
the cards have a pretty thin system but they have guys better than this. any one know why the hell they dont just bring them up instead of signing these guys.