Three players the Cardinals have expressed interest in obtaining as a backup infielder:
MARK ELLIS, 2B
The 36-year-old infielder, last with the Los Angels Dodgers, is the righthanded hitter desired and the kind of clubhouse presence valued. The interest is genuine, but the Cardinals may not offer the starter’s playing time that Ellis covets, and Ellis has scarce experience at any position other than second.
RYAN ROBERTS, Utility
Nicknamed “Tatman,” the 33-year-old Roberts has more than 1,300 innings in the majors at both third base and second base. He hit .247 with a .377 slugging percentage for Tampa Bay, but hit .305 vs. lefties in 2013 and slugged .439 the past three seasons vs. lefties. He's used to the role.
BRIAN ROBERTS, 2B
He has been discussed, but a history of injuries limits the traction his name has with the Cardinals. A switch-hitter and former All-Star, Roberts hasn’t played more than 80 games since 2009, and his experience centers on second base. He’ll seek more playing time to aid his comeback.