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Third Base

So, here's an interesting dilemma we find ourselves in.  We trade an injury-riddled 3B with a personality conflict for an injury-riddled 3B without a personality conflict and he goes down with injury.  Shocking?  I'll let you decide.  It's not really the point, either way.  Troy Glaus' shoulder injury and what I believe to be the likely results of his early-June review leave the Cardinals in a precarious position at 3B.  Barden and Thursty have predictably come back down to earth, Glaus is out until at least September (purely speculation), there's a hot-hitting prospect in Memphis with questionable defense being haunted by some mythical arbitration clock, the guy we assumed to have the job in the bag come April 6th, didn't start on April 6th and got well out-played by the pair that ended up taking the job, and in the end it didn't really matter because now he's out until around the end of July.

 

A precarious situation we find ourselves in, yes. But it's a situation we're in nonetheless.  So I turn to you VEB, your glorious plush, rocking and recliner front offices and all their glory in search of an answer.  Or maybe just an interesting discussion of the matter.  In the event that Troy Glaus is not expected to return any time soon, what do we do?  Do we continue to roll with Joe Barden?  Do we bring up the kid with 23% body fat, begin his arb clock and somehow run the risk of "spoiling" him if he doesn't hit 40 HRs and snatch the RoY from Colby?  Do we make a hilarious, yet possibly sensible move and pick up a guy like Mark DeRosa to spite the Cu--I mean strengthen our offense and defense.  Bear in mind this would probably require giving up a Kyle McClellan, a Jason Motte, Mitchell Boggs maybe or, god forbid, our ace pitcher Joel.  And if none of those options are workable or feasible, do we just do what everyone in the room is thinking and convert Adam Ottavino to third base and be done with it?

 

I say we stop pussyfooting around and bring up Wallace now.  Drop Stavinoha and when Ank gets back, drop Thurston.  In the unlikely event that Glaus comes back, assess how Wallace has compared to Glaus' traditionally average defense and great offense.  If Wallace has been a flop, send him back down.  If he's been a good hitter and even close to an average defender, trade Glaus, get SP prospects.

 

And I suppose if Glaus is out for the season and Wallace flops, ditch Wallace back to Memphis (because I want Raz to get that RoY) and do something along the lines of slightly Cubbifying our lineup.  But making a move like that should be last resort, especially when we've got a cheap young guy performing at every level who is pretty much guaranteed to be better than our current duo.  And if he comes up and stays up, all this arbitration business will have seemed pretty insignificant.

 

Is the answer to our hot corner woes under our collective nose?  At the end of the day, is it a whole league away?  Or will we dive into the minors to find something finer?  I suppose we can only wait and see, but what's the fun in that?

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