New Cardinal Ryan Theriot Disses Cubs: 'Finally On the Right Side of Cubs-Cardinals Rivalry'

12/3/10 in MLB   |   Shaconage   |   40056 respect

The Cardinals acquired middle infielder Theriot from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for reliever Blake Hawksworth on Tuesday. General manager John Mozeliak positioned Theriot as the Cardinals' probable starting shortstop for 2011. That bumps Ryan from the job he won in 2009 but lost his grip on with a dismal 2010. One of the best defensive shortstops in the league, Ryan hit .223 last summer and never had a month with an on-base percentage better than .290.

Theriot appeared mostly as a leadoff hitter last season, a role the Cardinals also hoped to address with any infield acquisition. However, Theriot's .321 on-base percentage ranked as his lowest in five full major-league seasons. He achieved a .387 on-base percentage during the Cubs' run to a second consecutive NL Central title in 2008. Theriot also has averaged 23 stolen bases the last four seasons.

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