I think we can all agree when I say that adding depth to your lineup is a key factor to a winning team. Actually, several people overlook the fact that having a good bench is almost mandatory in a sports team where injuries frequently occur, and players go through slumps from time to time. Finally, a team that is in the National League, where pinch hitting is almost automatic and the double switch is seen a lot more often, needs to rely on someone with a good bat (and maybe some decent speed from time to time).

That’s why I believe the St. Louis Cardinals signing outfielder Randy Winn on Saturday was a great idea.

After the 35-year old switch-hitter got designated for assignment last month, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak wanted to get a hold of him as soon as possible.

“He is a veteran outfielder who we think will help improve our depth,” the GM stated. “His versatility and experience should be a real nice fit for our roster.”

The twelve-year veteran has struggled this year, playing 29 games for the Yankees and hitting a mere .213 batting average with one home run, eight RBI, and one stolen base; he only started 16 of those games.

As you may see just by looking at his statistics, Winn’s career numbers are dwindling. However, the acquisition of Winn wasn’t to get better numbers for the Cardinals; St. Louis’s three starting outfielders in Matt Holliday; Colby Rasmus; and Ryan Ludwick have already compiled 22 home runs and driven in 79 RBI, along with a nice combined .296 average.

In contrast, they Cardinals’ management decides to move Jon Jay back down to AAA, where he can spend more valuable time and experience there and collect more quality at-bats. This doesn’t even account for the fact that they just sent down Joe Mather down to AAA, as well.

Randy Winn has had his fair share of games in all three positions of the outfield. With Felipe Lopez, the two of them definitely give LaRussa a lot more options to work with.

His veteran presence on the bench, along with his flexibility on the offensive and defensive end, will contribute a great deal in the long run for St. Louis.

I have nothing but good things to say about this move, and all the respect for Randy Winn. Whether it’s in the eyes of the general manager, Randy Winn, Jon Jay, or Tony LaRussa, this move benefits everyone. It’s quite ironic how a solid move to improve the future of the franchise can be signing a 12-year vet like Winn.

Props to John Mozeliak for being on the ball about this move. Let’s see how it plays out.

On one final note: In his first at-bat as a Cardinal, Winn pinch-hit for Kyle McClellan in the sixth inning of Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. In a five-pitch at-bat, starting pitcher Chris Narveson was able to get Randy Winn to ground out to shortstop with a runner or first.

On another note: Winn turns 36 in three days. Happy early birthday, Randy!

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