Sunday, December 21, 2014
I have used a few posts during the last month on Jordan Heyward, but the Cardinals also acquired relief pitcher Jordan Walden in their blockbuster trade with the Braves. If you could rewind a few years back Walden was actually a pretty well thought of prospect and had a nice run of baseball cards issued by Topps. What happened to Walden over the past three years? Besides being traded to the Braves, and then to the Cardinals, the answer is absolutely nothing. In 2011 Walden made the American League All-Star team with an ERA+ of 127 and a FIP of 2.79. Last year pitching for the Braves Walden posted an ERA+ of 127 and a FIP of 2.79. That's not a typo. Same ERA+ and same FIP.
Almost every Jordan Walden certified autograph comes out of the 2011 of 2012 Topps catalog and they are really inexpensive. He signed cards for Finest, Triple Threads, Museum, Chrome and they all sell for under $10. I am not sure when or where I ended up with this nice looking dual jersey autograph out of the 2011 Topps Finest set, but it's sitting here in my box of autographed cards.