Belliard deal doesn't help Cards 

July, 31, 2006
07/31/06
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The Cardinals treaded water with their acquisition of Cleveland second baseman Ron Belliard for second baseman Hector Luna, and in doing so cost themselves a little bit in the long term.

Belliard is older and more experienced than Luna and has slightly more power; he's also a free agent after this season. Luna is five years younger and has four years to go to free agency, and he has a better ability to get on base and can play shortstop on a limited basis, whereas Belliard is limited to second base and has little range even at that position.

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