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The Reality of How the Pirates and Cardinals Build Their Teams

The Reality of How the Pirates and Cardinals Build Their Teams

The St. Louis Cardinals were busy this week. On Friday they traded David Freese for Peter Bourjos, which should set off a chain of roster shuffling that will result in St. Louis upgrading their defense at three different spots. Last night, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported that the Cardinals were closing in on a deal with shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Jon Morosi reported that it is expected to be a four-year deal.

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Peralta fills the shortstop hole for the Cardinals, while also further upgrading the infield defense. St. Louis had one of the worst UZR numbers in 2013, and in the last few days they have upgraded four spots on the field defensively, with three of those spots coming in the infield.  If the deal with Peralta gets finalized, then it will be hard to see where they have a weakness.

The Cardinals got a lot of praise during their playoff run over doing things the r...

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