Found July 17, 2013 on The Cardinal Nation blog:
On Wednesday, Forbes published its list of most valuable minor league teams. The St. Louis Cardinals’ affiliate in Memphis is tied for eighth on the list. The Redbirds are worth an estimated $29 million with an estimated $9.5 million in annual revenue and an annual operating loss of $1 million. In recent months, the parent Cardinals were a part of renewed talks to buy the financially-troubled Redbirds. (Back in late 2008, St. Louis had a letter of intent in place to purchase the Redbirds, but ultimately decided not to pursue the matter further.) The current situation remains complicated due to defaulted bonds associated with the building of AutoZone Park and a private equity firm, Fundamental Advisors, now holding control of the team and facility. One rumored potential solution is for the City of Memphis to purchase the stadium and the Cardinals to acquire the team. Yet, that kind of deal may never come together and if it did, it would surely take some time to negotiate. In the inte...

More Matt Garza Rumors: Cardinals and Pirates in the mix for Garza. Asking price remains high.

Rumors continue to fly regarding Matt Garza and the Cardinals. The latest from David Kaplan of is that Texas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Toronto, and the Dodgers are the "strongest pursuers" of Garza, but that the asking price remains "exceptionally high". Most of the teams listed above have extra motivation to make a big move before the...

Chris Carpenter moving rehab to AAA Memphis

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter will shift his rehab assignment to Triple-A Memphis this Saturday, according to a tweet by Mike Ceide, a sports anchor in [...]

Cardinals rested and ready for second-half push

ST. LOUIS -- Though the Cardinals reached the actual halfway point June 30, the All-Star break still represents an end as well as a beginning to their season. "To me, it's one of those lines that we've crossed," manager Mike Matheny said while watching his team work out on a sizzling Thursday afternoon at Busch Stadium. "It has to be looked at like that because...

Cardinals Minors Recap: Chris Carpenter and Oscar Taveras begin rehab assignments

The Baby Birds went 5-2 on Monday with Palm Beach winning both games of a double-header, Peoria, Johnson City, and the GCL Cards also winning. Springfield and State College were on losing ends while Memphis is on its All-Star Break. In the upper minors it was the Chris Carpenter show in Springfield. Carpenter, making his first rehab start, lasted 2 2/3 innings but most will consider...

Cardinals rumors: St. Louis not pursuing anything aggressively

The St. Louis Cardinals have been one of the best teams in baseball over the first half of the regular season. In fact, you could argue that the Cards are MLB's most well-rounded club at the moment. For this reason, it's not surprising to hear Jim Bowden of ESPN report that while St. Louis is reviewing its options, the team isn't "pursuing anything specifically or...

St. Louis Cardinals: Four possible second half debuts

The St. Louis Cardinals had a very solid first half of the season that saw them end the half with the best record in baseball and a one game lead in the division. Rookies have played a huge part in the team’s success. 9 Cardinals made their major league debuts in the first half and 8 of them were pitchers. Starters Tyler Lyons, Michael Wacha, John Gast; relievers Seth Maness, Michael...

Odds Cardinals Players Return To ASG Again

Edward Mujica? Matt Carpenter? Did that really happen?  If you would have predicted that either of these fine gentleman would have been in NYC for the 2013 All-Star game, it would have included the caveat that they'd be in the stands as guests of Matt Holliday or Adam Wainwright.  But there they were. All-Stars. And it's something that can never be taken away...

St. Louis Cardinals minor league update: Chris Carpenter creates a buzz

The Baby Birds went 5-2 on Monday with Palm Beach winning both games of a double-header, Peoria, Johnson City, and the GCL Cards also winning. Springfield and State College were on losing ends while Memphis is on its All-Star Break. In the upper minors it was the Chris Carpenter show in Springfield. Carpenter, making his first rehab start, lasted 2 2/3 innings but most will consider...

Chris Carpenter proves he's improving physically during rehab start

While Chris Carpenter was looking for better results, his focus and the St. Louis Cardinals' focus is elsewhere besides the box score.  They are looking at things like mechanics, delivery method, stamina, and how Carpenter's body feels after an outing.  Those are the signs that will help both Carpenter and the club know how to proceed going forward.  And as it stands...

St. Louis Cardinals ready for another postseason run

The St. Louis Cardinals are in another playoff race? Did not see that coming. Despite having to replace three starting pitchers and one of the better closers in baseball due to free agency and long-term injury, the Cards have the best record heading into the second half of the 2013 season. Not only has the pitching been good, but the offense continues to be one of the best in the...

Uneventful night for Cardinals' All-Stars in New York

Well, Allen Craig will be able to tell his grandkids that he got to face Mariano Rivera in the final All-Star Game for the game's greatest closer. Craig made solid connection, too, lining out to left to lead off the eighth inning. Right fielder and eight-time All-Star Carlos Beltran had one of the National League's three hits. His ground ball single off Felix Hernandez in...

Preview: Cards open second half with Padres at Busch

With Jake Westbrook taking the mound at Busch Stadium, the St. Louis Cardinals appear to have a solid chance to improve on the best record in baseball. Westbrook and the Cardinals look for their season-best sixth straight home win Friday night when they try to hand the San Diego Padres a 10th consecutive road loss. Although St. Louis (57-36) has dealt with injuries to Westbrook...

Carlos Beltran Under-Appreciated? Not On MMO… Our Top 5 Beltran Moments

David Wright told reporters Carlos Beltran was under-appreciated when he was with the Mets before last night’s home run derby… “He had a couple of monster seasons for us, and was a huge reason why we made it as far as we did in 2006,” Wright said of his former teammate. ”We came a couple runs from making the World Series, and we don’t get close to that without Carlos...

Cardinals and NL team quiet in All-Star loss

Four of the six St. Louis Cardinals named to the National League All-Star team played in Tuesday night’s 3-0 loss.

Memphis Redbirds Notebook: 2013 Week 15

The Triple-A Memphis Redbirds went 3-1 heading into the break. Michael Wacha, Kolten Wong and Brock Peterson performed on the national stage.
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