The 6 Biggest Surprises of the Saint Louis Cardinals’ First Month
According to a report from Katie Woo of The Athletic, the St. Louis Cardinals have selected Paul DeJong to work for AAA Memphis.
For several weeks, the St. Louis Cardinals have been waiting to see some improvements from Paul Dejong’s shortstop. DeJong started the season by hitting .130/.209/.208 with a WOBA of .198 and +30 wRC. Defensively, he has five defensive runs saved.
DeJong has signed a six-year, $26 million contract that runs through 2023 with team options for 2024 and 2025. He has three minor league options.
According to Woo, Tommy Edman is expected to fill the short team role. Edman was the second businessman on the team. Edman hits .292/.393/.458 with +152 WRC. Edman also has seven defensive rounds saved at second base.
Edmundo Sosa was playing for the Springfield Cardinals today.
Wu reported that Chief of Baseball Operations John Mozilac will speak with the media at 3:15 p.m. Cairo time on Tuesday. He will discuss DeJong’s demotion and why the Cardinal made such a move while delving into the team’s logic for promoting Kramer Robertson over Nolan Gorman, although one reason is believed to be Gorman’s high hit rate.
In addition to Sosa returning to the club soon, Brendan Donovan is a player he is likely to see at some point in second base. It is unclear how the club will use Robertson or if he will just be a deep piece. It’s also still unclear when Gorman will be promoted, but with DeJong now at Minor and a gaping hole at second base where he plays, it won’t be long until Gorman debuts in the majors.
For now, his waiting continues. Meanwhile, the Cardinal finally halted Paul DeJong’s experiment – and it’s been a long time.