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Poll: Which reliever should the Cardinals add?

Along with emergency starter Carlos Martinez being added to the St. Louis Cardinals roster on Thursday, the club is expected to promote a relief pitcher to help bolster a bullpen that has thrown a lot of innings recently.

The Triple-A Memphis Redbirds have five relievers currently on the 40-man roster – lefty Sam Freeman and right-handers Fernando Salas, Eric Fornataro, Jorge Rondon and Victor Marte. They would seem the most likely candidates. The non-roster relievers are lefty Nick Greenwood, a candidate to replace Martinez temporarily in Memphis’ rotation, and righty Deryk Hooker, fresh from Double-A Springfield.

The only other starters on the 40-man are Tyler Lyons and Michael Wacha, both of whom have pitched in recent days. They are assumed to not be under consideration here.

Here are the full season stats for the seven Memphis relievers, listed from best to worst ERA within groups.

Fernando Salas 1 2 1.72 15 0 0 0 7 15.2 11 6 3 1 1 2 14 0.83 0 12
Sam Freeman 7 2 2.95 44 0 0 0 2 64.0 55 23 21 3 3 24 61 1.23 9 14
Jorge Rondon 3 5 2.98 42 0 0 0 0 54.1 53 24 18 5 1 36 30 1.64 8 7
Victor Marte 2 3 5.72 40 0 0 0 11 45.2 56 30 29 2 2 23 47 1.73 2 29
Eric Fornataro 0 3 7.18 31 0 0 0 1 36.1 43 31 29 5 7 13 25 1.54 4 12
Deryk Hooker 0 0 1.50 4 0 0 0 0 6.0 4 1 1 0 0 0 6 0.67 1 1
Nick Greenwood 2 4 5.40 15 3 0 0 0 33.1 36 24 20 4 1 12 15 1.44 0 3

Which reliever would you add?

  • Sam Freeman (42%, 13 Votes)
  • Fernando Salas (26%, 8 Votes)
  • Nick Greenwood (16%, 5 Votes)
  • Deryk Hooker (13%, 4 Votes)
  • other (specify in comments below) (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Eric Fornataro (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jorge Rondon (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Victor Marte (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 31

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33 Responses to “Poll: Which reliever should the Cardinals add?”

  1. blingboy says:

    I went with Hooker. He hasn’t been at AAA long but had about two full seasons worth at AA spread over 2011, 2012 and this year. Seems like he made a big step up in results this year.

    He’s 24 and in his 7th pro season. Might as well find out what we’ve got, if anything.

    No Salas please, I just ate.

  2. Bw52 says:

    Why not Freeman? Salas inspires no confidence.

    • blingboy says:

      I’m not anti-Freeman, but he’s had a couple chances and there are guys performing pretty good who have not yet. Problem with lots of decent prospects is you have to take advantage when you get the chance or somebody else will.

  3. blingboy says:

    Since there are some non-40 man roster pitchers under consideration, I guess we should not limit the conversation to those at Memphis. The Cards bringing up a pitcher from AA is not unprecedented. I admit I’m not familiar enough to say which, if any, might be possibilities.

    • Brian Walton says:

      It is surely possible and I considered it, but decided not to go there this time. Here is the link to the roster matrix so you can peruse the names. No one jumps out at me as being close enough. Thomas could be a guy moving up to Memphis.

      • blingboy says:

        Now that Freeman is announced, the question of who fills his spot is on the table. Thomas I’ve hardly heard of, take your word for it. If there isn’t a move made today, it could be taken as a good sign that Shelby is OK.

        • Brian Walton says:

          Even before losing the two pitchers, Memphis was already one player down. Butler went 1 2/3 last night, so getting Memphis some pitching help makes sense. Springfield is at full strength.

          Getting Peterson’s bat back in the lineup will be good for the Redbirds. They had to move Wong down to #3 in recent days because of so few choices.

          • blingboy says:

            Once we are ready to bring back a position player to bring the bench up to normal, I would favor some other RH bat besides Peterson. Mike had several chances where he could have (should have?) used a RH bat with pop potential and let Peterson sit on the bench. Using him just in meaningless ABs. No use wasting the roster spot. Mo should try somebody else and see if Mike is willing to use him in a meaningful way. I don’t know who it would be, no telling who Mike would take a liking to.

            • Bw52 says:

              Who is Mo going to try? Jermane Curtis? All the RH bats at AAA are veteran minor leaguers Jamie Romak,Chad Huffman or Justin Christian who has had some big league time.None are on the 40 man roster.Cards still have 2 openings on the 40 man.They would have 3 spots open if Gast was moved to the 60-day DL.

              • blingboy says:

                Well, once Martinez gets his start in tonight, he’ll probably be sent back and a position player brought up to return the bench to full strength. Peterson cannot be recalled for 10 days unless somebody goes on the DL. So Mo has to bring up somebody else. We already know that Mike will not use either Jackson or Curtis in any meaningful way, so maybe Mo will send up somebody else.

  4. Brian Walton says:

    Well, the answer is Freeman. Best choice under the circumstances, IMO.

  5. JumboShrimp says:

    Decent starting debut by Martinez, 1 run in 4 innings. Still throwing 93 mph when the pitch count was above 90.
    He fell behind a batter, but they kept going inside, resulting in the three run bomb.

  6. Bw52 says:

    Jackass Clark being himself says AP is a steroid user.trying to stir the pot for ratings on his and Slatens radio show is the general opinion.How about giving us some money management tips Jack?

    • blingboy says:

      I’ve always considered Jack sort of a buffoon, but not a lier. I don’t think he would slander somebody to promote a radio show. Whether he is remembering stuff from 10+ years ago accurately I don’t know. I can say this, I would believe him over a roid era private trainer.

      • Bw52 says:

        Jack Clark suddenly remembering a conversation 10 or so years later? It sounds like a desperate attempt for people to listen.Why hasn`t he spoke up before? Why now?

        • Brian Walton says:

          Excellent question. Clark may get the chance to explain in court. Pujols released a statement that he is planning legal action. I posted it on the main site message board.

          • crdswmn says:

            I wish him luck with that. Winning a defamation suit is about as likely as the Cubs winning a World Series.

            • Bw52 says:

              So Clark gets to say whatever he wants without being responsible? So how is that legal and right?So does that mean people can say in the madia that Jack Clark is a thief because he spent like a drunken sailor and failed to repay loans?

              • Brian Walton says:

                Perhaps Pujols is just looking for a retraction and apology. But if wants to take it farther, his pockets are surely much deeper than Clark’s.

              • crdswmn says:

                The defamation laws are such that public figures have to prove malicious intent to win. That is extremely difficult. And I mean extremely. That is why tabloids rarely get sued.

                • Brian Walton says:

                  I do not profess to be a legal expert, but it seems like Pujols could clearly point to the allegations damaging his future earnings potential for endorsements and the like.

                  Braun was dumped by Nike like a hot potato and I am sure there are other similar examples.

                  • crdswmn says:

                    It isn’t the harm to the victim that is the standard it is the intent of the perpetrator. There is always harm. Just demonstrating harm is not proof of malicious intent. Harm is collateral damage. To win you essentially have to go into the mind of the perpetrator and convince the court or jury that the perp had no other motivation than to cause you harm. If the perp had other motivations, such as making money or becoming famous and the harm was just a result of that then you lose.

                    • Bw52 says:

                      Just read that Slaten and Clark were taken off the radio.Goodbye and good riddance.

                    • Bw52 says:

                      So somebody who wants any kind of attention can publicly say “John Doe is a thief and a drug user and a spousebeater and a animal abuser”. All the sayer has to say is he or she wanted ratings or attention and that get them off the hook and meanwhile the burden of proof is on the person who was the victim of the speaker.Is that correct?

                    • crdswmn says:

                      If John Doe is a public figure, yes.

  7. Bw52 says:

    Another pathetic hitting exhibition by the Cards tonite.Come on Mo ……..shake the deadbeats up.The damn Reds are sneaking up and the Pirates are pulling away while puny offense continues to struggle .Pathetic.

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