With the emergence of Rick Ankiel, Jim Edmonds a Cardinal for at least one more year, and so many young outfielders in the Cardinals system (Schumaker, Rasmus, etc.), is it finally time to cut bait with Juan Encarnacion?
He hasn’t been in the lineup the last three games, and with the way Ankiel is performing, it doesn’t look like Juan will be returning anytime soon (against righties, that is). Suddenly, Juan has gone from starter to spot-starter/pinch-hitter against left-handed pitchers. In interviews, he is clearly unhappy with his reduced playing time. Hell, Cardinals fans have been clearly unhappy with his playing time for the last two seasons, so quit yer’ bitchin’, Juan!
I say it’s time for a change. Juan is a dime-a-dozen outfielder who has never really understood what it means to be a St. Louis Cardinal. His apathetic appearance and play on the field has already cost the Cardinals at least two games this season…and let’s face it – we can’t afford to give away even one game. We have too many young, good outfielders in our system now to flounder around with an average one who doesn’t seem to give more than 80% on any given day. Just to refresh your memory, future Cardinals outfielders already in the organization:
(Need I go on???)
Juan…I wish I could say it’s been nice knowin’ ya’, but for the first time in a long time, I’ve actually found a Cardinals player I’m looking forward to trading. Sorry, Juan…but dems the breaks….
On a related side note…when the hell did we gain so many damn good outfielders????!!!!