post dispatch is reporting the cards are close signing marlon anderson to be the starting 2b. he isnt terrible but he isnt exactly good either. his obp doesnt seem high enough to be a decent leadoff hitter.
Cards expected to sign Anderson
The Cardinals are expected to sign free agent Marlon Anderson and make him their everyday second baseman.
Anderson, who turned 30 this week, batted .270 with 67 RBIs in 145 games last season for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He started 117 games at second base, and batted everywhere in the Devil Rays' order except the fourth and fifth positions.
Anderson, who made a base salary of $600,000 in 2003, batted .341 with runners in scoring position, eighth-highest mark in the American League. He stole 19 bases in 22 attempts.
He was Philadelphia's regular second baseman from 1999-2002, batting a career-high .293 with 11 homers and 61 RBIs in '01.
Anderson's career batting average is .267, and his career on-base percentage is .316.
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The Cardinals also signed four players to one-year minoir-league contracts. Outfielders Mark Quinn and Emil Brown will be invited to the major-league camp at spring training, and outfielder Chris Prieto and first baseman Luis Ortiz will join the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds.
Quinn, 29, played for the Kansas City Royals from 1999-2002, and in 2000 he batted .294 in 135 games with 20 homers and 78 RBIs. He split time between San Diego's and Tampa Bay's Triple-A clubs last season.
Brown, 29, played parts of the 1997-2001 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates.