I think Mike has it right. The Cardinals were smarter than to expect much from Furcal this season. His loss doesn't really change their projections for this year. If I were a Cardinal fan, I'd be more worried about their pitching.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
I'm not really worried about the pitching because I think the bullpen is significantly better. Rosenthal will be there all year long and there is depth there. Besides, the Cards can still out slug most teams so the pitching staff doesn't have to be 90's Braves good.
A local media guy, Bernie Miklasz did some research on the SS position in the NL and it's almost historically bad. I forgot what the average batting average and power numbers of SS's in the NL but it was something around .240 with a low OPS. If Kozma can give the Cardinals .260 BA, .750 OPS with adequate defense, I'll be happy.
That was $14 million flushed down the toilet by the Cards (counting last season too).
2700 Minor League ABs say this - .236/.308/.344/.652
For those who remember Calvin Reese he had roughly the same number of ab's in the minors
In 2000 AB's with the Reds (in the BIGGEST HITTING ERA EVER IN THE GAMES HISTORY) had this line - .250/.308/.363/.671
I've seen Taveras for either Andrus or Profar discussed in a few online chats or articles and haven't heard one 'expert' say Texas would do either deal. Why? because both Andrus & Profar can hit and play good defense at SS whereas Taveras is a corner outfielder. It does seem a natural fit but I'm not sure what the Cards would have to add to make the deal work for Texas.
(Referring to Jack Hannahan signing with a Korean team)
Since there are no teams on the moon, I guess South Korea's far enough from Cincinnati to satisfy me.