April 16, 2024

St. Louis Cardinals Secure Veteran Talent, Signing Brandon Crawford

St. Louis Cardinals Secure Veteran Talent, Signing Brandon Crawford

 The St. Louis Cardinals have made a notable move to bolster their infield, bringing in veteran shortstop Brandon Crawford on a one-year deal for the 2024 campaign. The acquisition was officially announced today, securing the services of the former San Francisco Giants stalwart who has left an indelible mark on the game over his 13-year Major League tenure.

At 37 years old, Crawford brings a wealth of experience and success to the Cardinals. His resume speaks volumes: a three-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner, and two-time World Series champion. His leadership and proven track record are expected to benefit the Cardinals on and off the field.

We’re excited to be adding a player with the winning credentials and pedigree of a Brandon Crawford,” said Cardinals’ President of Baseball Operations, John Mozeliak. “He is someone that will provide us with valuable depth and experience on the infield, and can also be a great resource for our younger players, such as Masyn Winn.

Crawford’s career statistics are impressive, with a lifetime .250 batting average, .319 on-base percentage, and 146 home runs to his name. He’s also driven in 744 runs over 1,655 games. Notably, his 2021 season was a standout, as he posted a .298 average with 24 homers and 90 RBIs, earning a fourth-place finish in National League MVP voting.

A clutch performer, Crawford’s postseason experience is vast, including pivotal roles in the Giants’ World Series triumphs in 2012 and 2014. His consistency is underlined by his 12 consecutive Opening Day starts at shortstop for the Giants—a testament to his durability and reliability at the position.

Beyond his batting prowess, Crawford’s defensive work has been exceptional. His 480 career extra-base hits rank him fourth among San Francisco-era Giants, and he holds the record for career triples at Oracle Park with 28. Last season, despite a reduced number of games due to injury, Crawford’s hard-hit rate was a sterling 43.0 percent, showcasing his undiminished skills at the plate.

The connection to St. Louis is already there; Crawford was a teammate of current Cardinals Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt on the gold medal-winning Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. This existing rapport could ease his transition into the Cardinals’ clubhouse and contribute to team chemistry.

To accommodate Crawford’s arrival, the Cardinals have designated infielder Buddy Kennedy for assignment. The move underscores the team’s commitment to injecting experienced talent for a push in the 2024 season, as they aim to return to their championship-contending ways.

The St. Louis Cardinals faithful will be eager to see how Crawford’s influence and veteran presence will shape the team’s dynamics and performance in the upcoming season. With his signing, the Cardinals have undoubtedly added a valuable piece to their puzzle, one that could very well be the difference-maker in their pursuit of glory.

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