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Cardinals news and notes: Cecil, Rays, and roster moves

Hey, stuff actually happened this weekend!

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On Saturday, the Cardinals acquired Brett Cecil, formerly of the Toronto Blue Jays. Because I am not very smart about baseball things, my chief concern was thinking about people named Brett and people named Cecil.

So here’s a list of the ten players in MLB history with the most Baseball Reference Wins Above Replacement with a first or last name of Brett or Cecil.

10. Brett Tomko, 10.9 WAR

9. Ken Brett, 12.3 WAR

8. Brett Myers, 14.9 WAR

7. Brett Lawrie, 15.2 WAR

6. Cecil Fielder, 17.1 WAR

5. Cecil Travis, 29.5 WAR

4. Brett Gardner, 30.3 WAR

3. Cecil Cooper, 35.8 WAR

2. Brett Butler, 49.4 WAR

1. George Brett, 88.4 WAR

Anyway, here’s the actually relevant stuff of the weekend at VEB.

Brett Cecil

As I mentioned before, the Cardinals signed Brett Cecil on Saturday, and analysis-wise, the red baron wrote about the Cardinals’ new reliever on Sunday.

The Rays

Ben Markham speculated about a potential blockbuster trade involving the St. Louis Cardinals and the Tampa Bay Rays. It is probably a completely unrealistic and insane trade but Ben, of course, backed it up with reason and number and almost has me believing it is possible.

40 man roster moves

Tim Cooney is gone, a bunch of other guys remain, and Alex Crisafulli wrote about the latest roster moves (well, before Cecil) on the Cardinals.