The Cardinals made a minor move yesterday, signing D’Angelo Jimenez to a minor league contract. There are a couple of things that come to mind when I hear about Jimenez. One is that, when they were coming up in the Yankee organization about a decade ago, observers were split on whether he or Alfonso Soriano would be the better player. That comparison doesn’t happen much anymore. And, secondly, I remember he had a pretty solid year for the Reds a few years back. Looking through that PD article, they note it was 2004, with a .270/12/67 season. Boy, if the Cardinals got anything close to that, they’d be thrilled.
His signing, however, is just one of those insurance things. If Jarrett Hoffpauir needs more time at Memphis, then Jimenez could be the backup guy on the bench. You figure that Brendan Ryan and Adam Kennedy will be the usual starters in the middle infield, but Cesar Izturis and Jimenez could be the backups. Jimenez can play third base as well, which ups his value.
Then we have our former backup catcher, Gary Bennett. Not as bad of a week as you’d expect for someone named in the Mitchell report. Bennett admitted he used HGH, then signed a new contract with the Dodgers. Which is surprising, because Bennett isn’t that great with extra help, but anyway. It just goes to show me that the culture of baseball hasn’t done much changing with these allegations and admissions. You aren’t going to be punished. You aren’t going to have that much of a stain on your reputation, especially if you come out and admit it. I mean, how much focus on Andy Pettitte has there been versus Roger Clemens?
There’s the big focus on Bonds and Clemens, but other than that, the steroid stuff is going to just go away, I think. Hopefully the testing and the mindset has been changed enough that it won’t happen again, but without serious punishments for those that did it, I wonder if that’s the case.
Site note: I plan to use WordPress’s new option for tags to take former Cardinals out of the categories section. So in case you start looking, now you know.