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Looks like the Cards have rounded out their starters. As announced today, the Cards have signed Ernest Lee "Junior" Spivey to the club for one year.

After missing significant parts of the last two seasons with injuries to his shoulder and then his wrist, Spivey looks like the front-runner in the competition for the starting 2nd base position vacated by the departure of Mark Grudzielanek.

Spivey's deal will call for a base salary of $1.2M with incentives that could add on another $300K.

This is a deal that could be potentially very exciting. Spivey looks like he is trying to align with a winning organization for a year to get his stock up, not unlike Grudz who just cashed in on a solid year. Spivey's last full healthy season was in 2002 as the starter for the Arizona Diamondbacks (the same team the Cards swept in the NLCS). During that season, Spivey showed tremendous promise batting .301 with a .389 OBP and .476 SLG. Who knows if he'll be able to return to that form, but anything remotely close would be cause for celebration.

His career numbers are pretty much on par with or better than Grudz's. Spivey's batting average is a few points down but his career OPS is a full 70 points higher. He is also fast and agile with an above average defensive range factor. For a price tag of almost the same as the '05 Grudzielanek Experiment, signing Spivey appears to be one of the best off-season moves that GM Walt Jocketty has made this winter.

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