Most of them have since moved on.
|Furcal to lead off for Miami|
Only one of the 10, Rafael Furcal in Miami, is penciled into a starting role heading into camp. Nick Punto appears to be in contention for a piece of a second-base platoon in Oakland. The others should probably set their sights on a reserve spot.
The former Cardinals middle infielders are listed in the table below by the years they were with St. Louis, starting with the most current.
|Middle infielder||2014 team||Status||Cardinals|
|Rafael Furcal||Marlins||40-man roster||2011-13|
|Ryan Jackson||Padres||40-man roster||2012-13|
|Ronny Cedeno||Phillies||non-roster invitee||spring 2013|
|Skip Schumaker||Reds||40-man roster||2009-12*|
|Tyler Greene||Braves||non-roster invitee||2009-12|
|Nick Punto||A's||40-man roster||2011|
|Brendan Ryan||Yankees||40-man roster||2007-10|
|Joe Thurston||Brewers||non-roster invitee||2009|
|Cesar Izturis||Astros||non-roster invitee||2008|
|Adam Kennedy||comeback attempt||'99, '07-08|
|* as infielder|
Along with the 10 names above, another eight Cardinals middle infielders have retired. Ryan Theriot was latest to join the group earlier this off-season. Others to have hung up their cleats previously include Miguel Cairo, Felipe Lopez, Aaron Miles, Julio Lugo and Khalil Greene, plus of course, the aforementioned pair from 2006, Belliard and Eckstein.
The list does not include Ty Wigginton, who will be in Marlins' camp on a non-roster deal. Though a part-time second baseman in his earlier days, the 2013 Cardinals flop has been a corner infielder in recent years. The majority of Wigginton's 2014 salary will be paid by St. Louis.
Time will tell if the Cardinals' new up-the-middle trio for 2014 of Kolten Wong, Mark Ellis and Jhonny Peralta can break the recent turnover pattern.
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