Ryan stumbled through a brutal 2010 campaign, hitting just .223/.279/.294 in 486 plate appearances despite providing his usual strong defense up the middle. The 28-year-old had enjoyed a .292/.340/.400 year the season past, so was baffled as to his production.
Ryan struggled with a new swing developed by incoming hitting coach Mark McGwire and wrist surgery, and couldn't get it together in a year that ended up as a "nightmare scenario," as Ryan tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch .
"I know this is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately game," Ryan added, saying he realizes why the Cardinals struck for Ryan Theriot and why he may be on the way out. "A repeat of 2009 is more likely than a repeat of 2010. Sure, that is looking at things from my point of view, my believing in myself, but it's also looking at it realistically. I know the player I can be, and last season that wasn't me. I'm doubling-down on that."
St. Louis is expected to look at trading Ryan as soon as possible, certainly during the Winter Meetings. The club could opt to keep Ryan and use him off the bench or even put him in a battle with Skip Schumaker for second base, but the team's preference would be deal him away.
"I think he still has some ways that he can help the Cardinals," Mozeliak said. "But if there is a deal out there that makes sense for us, we should pursue it. We need to be open to having those discussions."
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