Kozma agreed to a minor league contract with the Yankees on Friday, YES Network reports. Kozma struggled mightily last season, slashing just .152/.236/.152 as a utility infield option with the Cardinals, leading to an outright off the 40-man roster earlier in the offseason. He could get the chance to earn a big league roster spot out of spring training, but it's possible the 27-year-old starts the season in the minors, serving as organizational depth.
Kozma was outrighted off the 40-man roster Monday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. Kozma had a couple of successful stints in the majors in the past, but struggled mightily in 2015, working to a line of .152/.236/.152 in 99 at bats. He'll provide infield depth within the organization.
A late entry into the starting lineup on Thursday, Cardinals infielder Pete Kozma went 3 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Marlins. Kozma, a part-time player for the Cardinals, had been hitless in his last 18 at-bats, dating back to May 19. This was Kozma's first multi-hit performance since 2013. "Pete was great offensively and defensively the play he made up the middle was just fantastic," manager Mike Matheny said, per FoxSports Midwest. "A good day all around for Pete. We needed that."
Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday will not play in Sunday's game against the Royals. Heading out to left field in his spot will be Mark Reynolds, who was the designated hitter on Saturday. Jhonny Peralta will be St. Louis' DH and Pete Kozma will play shortstop. In addition, outfielder Jason Heyward is out due to left hip tightness. Peralta will hit third, Reynolds will his hit seventh and Kozma will bat ninth.
With the Cardinals facing a left-hander on Tuesday, manager Mike Matheny has loaded his lineup with right-handed bats. Both Jason Heyward and Matt Carpenter will start the game on the bench, despite the fact that both men are hitting over .300 against southpaws this season. In fact, Heyward. is hitting better against lefties than righties (.368 vs. .196). Randal Grichuk will man right field and Pete Kozma is handling third base on Tuesday. Kolten Wong is the only left-handed bat in Matheny's starting lineup.