At least a few teams -- including the Mets, Cardinals, and Cubs -- are believed to be interested in Graffanino. But his 2006 cost ($2.05 million) and difficulties at the plate apparently convinced teams not to give up anything for him that sufficiently interested the Sox. In 12 spring games, he's hitting .182 (6 for 32) with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs.
is graffanino an upgrade over the status quo --- and is it worth $500K to find out? tough call; i'd be inclined to say he's worth a look, but i have a feeling the mets and cubs want/need him more than st louis. the front office has said on multiple occasions they're not looking for a 2bman. i don't think he's coming here.
today's starter is spivey, batting 8th. as long as i'm here, here's the full lineup, followed by derrick goold's notes thereon: