Cardinals expected to non-tender infielder Ryan Theriot

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From MLB Network’s Jon Heyman comes word that the Cardinals are likely to non-tender infielder Ryan Theriot before the December 12 deadline.

The Cards were left unimpressed by Theriot’s defense at shortstop this past season and have already committed to 25-year-old Daniel Descalso as their starting second baseman for 2012.

Theriot, who possesses a weak .697 career OPS, will soon begin the process of looking for another club. Heyman suggests that the Mets, Braves, Reds, Astros, Blue Jays and Royals might have interest.

The 32-year-old batted just .271/.321/.342 across 483 plate appearances in 2011.