Mozeliak: ‘Big trade’ helps solve eventual outfield battle

Mozeliak: ‘Big trade’ helps solve eventual outfield battle

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BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 23: General manager John Mozeliak on the field before Game One of the 2013 World Series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on October 23, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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by Elizabeth Eisele / BaseballStL | @elizabetheisele

KMOV.com

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 1 at 8:05 PM

(BaseballStL) – John Mozeliak said the Cardinals traded away Allen Craig and Joe Kelly as a way to stay away from having to trade someone from their minor league system. It also helps loosen the log jam of outfielders the Cardinals have.

Mozeliak is quick to acknowledge the success the Cardinals have had and how Allen Craig has factored into that success.

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“It’s not an easy decision. You look at the three years he spent here,” Mozeliak continued, “we had a lot of success as a team and he has been a very big part of it. He’s been a major player in it. When you  look at the depth, somebody is going to get pushed.”

Unfortunately for Craig, he was the one being pushed out. It’s easy to make the assumption the Redbirds traded their right fielder/ first baseman because of his recent struggle at the plate.

But there are two other reasons that stand out – dumping off the remaining $26.5 million owed to Craig and giving more playing time to not only Oscar Taveras, but room for players like Stephen Piscotty and Randal Grichuk.

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“If you’re in Mike’s [Matheny] shoes, you just want somebody being productive,” Mozeliak said, “I do think the outfield would have had to be addressed whether now or in the off-season.”

And Mozeliak was honest about being able to allocate resources elsewhere as Craig’s contract came off the books.

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