Cards considering in-house options for right-handed first baseman
The Cardinals are known to be seeking a right-handed-hitting first baseman to complement Matt Adams this offseason, but the club could ultimately find what it’s looking for internally, according to MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch.
Among those in-house options is Cardinals’ top-ranked prospect Stephen Piscotty. Though Piscotty was initially drafted as a third baseman in 2012 and later transitioned to a right fielder, the Cards may now look at trying Piscotty at first base. He played the position some at Stanford University, but has no first base experience since.
“We’ve discussed that internally, but we haven’t made any decisions on necessarily getting reps there,” Cards general manager John Mozeliak said. “I do think [manager Mike] Matheny would be an advocate for that.”
A more obvious in-house candidate would be Xavier Scruggs, a natural first baseman who spent all of last season with Triple-A Memphis.
That said, the Cardinals are not completely ruling out bringing in someone from outside the organization. Langosch reports that Mozeliak met with multiple agents representing right-handed hitters on Tuesday, but added that the club is not close to signing any outside candidates. It’s also unclear at this point who the Cardinals are even considering from a free agent standpoint.
“I think everybody is sort of in that exploratory mode right now,” Mozeliak said. “Everybody is trying to feel everybody out with what’s going on. So subsequently, time will tell how some of these things shake out.”
— Paul Casella