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5 Players St. Louis Cardinals Could Lose And Not Miss

5 Players St. Louis Cardinals Could Lose And Not Miss

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Every team has expendable players. The St. Louis Cardinals have players who are experiencing bad seasons, or maybe they are doing alright but could be turned over to another team for more help in key areas. Here are five players the Cardinals could trade right now and no one would blink an eye.

5. Daniel Descalso

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5. Daniel Descalso

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Descalso has lost whatever pop was left in his bat as he is hitting a meager .167 two months into the 2014 campaign. With Pete Kozma also able to play shortstop and Jhonny Peralta anchored down with a four-year contract, at-bats for Descalso may be scarce the rest of the way.

4. Mark Ellis

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4. Mark Ellis

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Ellis was signed as insurance in case Kolten Wong didn't pan out. As things have played out, it looks like Ellis will be the one who didn't work in the long run. A weak .197 batting average and a strikeout in every sixth at-bat, plus the emergence of Wong as a decent hitter in his first full season, makes Ellis a likely candidate to be either designated for assignment or left on the bench.

3. Shane Robinson

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3. Shane Robinson

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It didn't hurt the Cardinals to have backups prior to this season, but Robinson could be cut from the roster tomorrow and no one would miss him. Why? He plays outfield, a position that has plenty of up-and-coming backup support in players like Oscar Taveras, Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty.

2. Randy Choate

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2. Randy Choate

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The bullpen hasn't been much of an issue with St. Louis this season, but Randy Choate's performance has been a weak link. With an ERA above 6.50 and a WHIP at 1.30, Choate hasn't been effective at all. He's best served up in short doses, but the club has some depth at this position and Choate's departure wouldn't hurt the Cardinals in the short or long run.

1. Peter Bourjos

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1. Peter Bourjos

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Eventually, Oscar Taveras will hit well enough to earn a regular spot on the Cardinals' roster. Bourjos was brought in to provide some pop with the bat and some help on defense. The defense has come through, but the hitting has been lacking. With other outfield options possibly on the horizon, Bourjos could disappear tomorrow and not be missed in St. Louis.