The MLB Lockout has us all bored and desperate for more baseball content. However, one thing that hasn’t stopped is players signing to minor league deals. The minors are not actually affected by the lockout. Teams can still sign guys to minor league deals as a means to increase depth, or even make a sneaky move to improve the team. So with that said, here are three players the Cardinals can sign to minor league deals during the lockout.
After a 20 home run season with the Phillies, the former Cardinal is more likely to sign a major league deal once the lockout is over. But depending on how long it lasts, this could be a possibility.
Miller was a seamless fit for St. Louis during the short 2020 season, tying for the team lead in home runs and becoming the team’s full-time DH. Perhaps a return to St. Louis is in the cards. He would be the left-handed bat the Cardinals need, and would be a guy who can play multiple positions on the field, including first base, third base, and the outfield, which is something St. Louis is looking for.
This is someone who has been a Cardinal killer ever since he came to the Pirates, who just recently released him, which is surprising. He can give you at least 10 home runs per season and hit at or around .250 average-wise. He can also play first and third.
This would probably be more of a depth move, perhaps someone who can replace Jose Rondon, who was non-tendered. But it could be one of those low-risk, high-reward type moves, especially if it pans out.
Again, this would be more of a depth move, and he has struggled over the past two seasons, hitting below .200 in each of them. But he isn’t too far removed from his 28 homer season in 2019. He can play first base and the outfield, and he is a switch hitter too. He could be used for depth or potentially be that guy who can hit from the left side that the Cards need.
These are three players the Cardinals can sign to minor league deals while the lockout is happening. There are plenty of guys available, and it would be wise for St. Louis to look into doing this, especially if the lockout stretches into February.
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