The Cardinals announced Friday that they’ve claimed infielder Kramer Robertson off waivers from the Mets, who’d designated him for assignment earlier in the week. Right-hander Drew VerHagen, who had season-ending hip surgery this week, has been moved to the 60-day IL to open a spot on the roster. Robertson was optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
Being claimed by the Cardinals completes a circuitous year for Robertson, whom St. Louis selected in the fourth round of the 2017 draft. Robertson made his big league debut with the Cards earlier this season but appeared in just two games and tallied just one plate appearance (an RBI groundout). Since that time, he’s gone from the Cardinals, to the Braves, to the Mets, and now, back to the Cardinals on waivers.
It’s easy enough to see why teams would be intrigued by Robertson, a versatile defender with impressive on-base skills, above-average speed and multiple minor league option years remaining. So far in 2022, he’s appeared with each of those three organizations’ Triple-A affiliates and posted a combined .241/.400/.362 batting line with 20 steals (in 26 tries) while logging time at second base, third base and shortstop. With Edmundo Sosa traded to the Phillies prior to the deadline, Robertson will give the Cards some additional organizational depth in the infield.