One thing we have been able to confirm in the too-early moments of the St. Louis Cardinals' 2013 Spring Training: They are apparently serious about dropping Matt Carpenter into their rather spartan second-base rotation. There are already plenty of Carpenter-Oquendo odd-couple stories floating out of Florida—here's the Jenifer Langosch version—and both sides seem completely serious about the arrangement.

So now we know that this is more than an offseason fancy; Carpenter has spent the winter watching Robinson Cano and Brandon Phillips's every move, and now he's playing for what appears to be a very real starting job. There's certainly no reason not to try this; the Cardinals don't have much going between Daniel Descalso and Kolten Wong, and the Skip Schumaker experiment produced at least one useful season at the position.