Eli Marrero was just signed to a minor league deal. He spent 7 seasons with the Cardinals from 1997-2003, after being selected in the 3rd round of the 1993 draft. He played four positions in 2006, 1st Base, Catcher, Left Field, and Right Field. If memory serves me right he was mostly a catcher with us last time, also playing some outfield. He was traded to the Braves in the deal that brought us Adam Wainwright. That is the second time in a day this offseason that the Cards have re-acquired someone they traded off (Kennedy from the Angels). I am not really sure where the Cardinals plan on using Marrero, but I don’t think it is a bad pickup. It sort of reminds me of the Brian Daubach signing last year. He spent the year in Memphis, as Eli might next year. Either way, we now have another catcher and outfielder with Major League experience. He has battled back from Cancer and has been on several teams the past few years. He played 2006 with the Rockies and then Mets, batting .217 and .182 respectively. If he regains his old form he could come in handy. I wouldn’t even mind seeing him as a Mabry or Spiezio type of player if Spiezio were to start everyday. We will see how this develops. But I like this pickup even though I don’t understand it.