For the second year in a row, veteran Scott Moore was the St. Louis Cardinals’ first free agent signing of the minor league off-season.
Even though he did not receive the opportunity to return to the major leagues in 2014, the corner infielder has accepted the Cardinals’ offer to return to the organization in 2015 on a minor league contract, reports Baseball America.
Primarily a third baseman, Moore, 30, was likely re-signed to return to Triple-A Memphis since former supplemental first-rounder Patrick Wisdom is likely not deemed ready for the Pacific Coast League. In addition, the other Redbirds third sacker in 2014, Jermaine Curtis, also became a free agent.
In 416 at-bats over 121 games, the left-handed hitter finished third on the club with 15 home runs, including a team-best three two-homer games. Moore placed fourth on the team with 58 RBI. Usually batting third or fifth in manager Pop Warner’s lineup, his line for the season was .236/.328/.397/.724.
Enhancing that OBP was an oddity. Moore was second in the PCL with career-high 19 hit-by-pitches. It the second-most by a player in a single season in team history.
Defensively, Moore started 93 games at third, 12 at first base, six in left field and two at designated hitter. He was second on the team with 10 errors – four fielding and six throwing.
The well-traveled Moore was initially selected by the Detroit Tigers in the first round of the June 2002 First-Year Player Draft, taken eighth overall. He then played in the Cubs organization (twice), Orioles, Astros, A's and Padres systems.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder also has appeared in 152 major league games over five different seasons. Moore's most recent MLB action was with the 2012 Astros. His aggregate line is .242/.302/.410/.712 with Houston, Baltimore and Chicago.11/11 Update
On Tuesday, November 11, the Cardinals officially announced the signing, also noting that Moore has received a non-roster invitation to major league spring training camp.The Roster Matrix has Who is Where
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