“Exciting News: Alfonso Rivas Joins the Team After Being Picked Up on Waivers from the Los Angeles Angels!”  The Intriguing Waiver Wire Moves of the St. Louis Cardinals

As the end of January approaches, baseball fans may not expect much excitement from the waiver wire. But the recent moves made by the St. Louis Cardinals have caught the attention of many.

Alfonso Rivas, a left-handed first baseman, was claimed by the Cardinals from the Los Angeles Angels on Monday. This marks his third team of the winter, after being designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates, claimed by the Cleveland Indians, and then designated again by Cleveland before being claimed by the Angels. Now, he finds himself on the move once again, this time to the Cardinals.

Rivas’ journey through the waiver system has been a rollercoaster, but with just two weeks left before spring training, he can at least be sure that he will be heading to Florida instead of Arizona. In order to make room for Rivas on the roster, outfielder Moisés Gómez was designated for assignment. However, his fate is still uncertain as he could potentially clear waivers and be assigned to the Cardinals’ Triple-A team, the Memphis Redbirds.

Gómez’s potential departure has raised some eyebrows and caused some controversy. He set a franchise record for home runs in a single minor league season in 2022, but struggled last season with a significant drop in his slugging percentage and on-base percentage. Despite this, he never received a call-up to the major leagues, even with the Cardinals facing numerous injuries. The closest he came was in 2022 when he was called up to replace an injured player, only to find out that he did not have the necessary work visa to play in Canada.

Now, the focus shifts to Rivas, who is known for his solid defense but has yet to make a significant impact with his hitting. He has primarily played first base in his 1048 fielding innings in the majors, but is listed on various rosters as an outfielder. He joins fellow left-handed first baseman Jared Young, who was also acquired by the Cardinals this winter, in a crowded group of upper level first basemen. With Paul Goldschmidt firmly entrenched as the starting first baseman for the Cardinals, it will be interesting to see how this situation plays out.