Mather headed east

The Cardinals announced today via their official Twitter feed (@CardsInsider) that the Braves have claimed Joe Mather off of waivers.

Mather, 27, has struggled to regain his health and his form since a breakout 2008 in which he hit eight home runs in 133 at-bats. He has battled injuries, most notably a troublesome left wrist that required multiple operations, since late in ’08.
He enjoyed a strong spring in 2010 and made the Opening Day roster, but scuffled at the plate and was optioned to Triple-A Memphis in May. He was recalled in September and finished the year with a .217/.242/.283 line in 64 plate appearances.
Mather can play first base, third base and all three outfield positions.
Many teams will make relatively minor moves between now and Saturday as they set their 40-man rosters in advance of full free agency. Any player with six or more years of Minor League experience who is not on a 40-man roster as of Saturday afternoon becomes a free agent.

1 Comment

If signing AP for so much money will cost us Carp or any other respected, productive player, I say let him go, or rather appeal to his good senses to let the team trade him. If he earns $25M+ per year, then I would prefer to have 2 very good players at $12M per year. Signing him to a long term contract for his “worth” is not what the team needs. 2010 and other years, have proved that one man can not carry the team for an entire year and post season. TEAMS win, not individuals. I still say offer him a $200M contract for 10 years and a guaranteed position in the front office when he retires. And promise to donate $1-2M per year to his charity. Anything more and our beloved Redbirds will be hamstrung for years to come and we can count on middle-of-the-pack finishes for years to come. I’m sure AP is like The Man and that is he’d love to have more championship rings as he has enough money!

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