Originally written January 02, 2012 on Clubhouse GM:

2011 In A Nutshell In baseball terms,2011 wasn’t a bad year for St. Louis.They survived the loss of their ace for the entire year. They developed someyoung players. Oh, and they won the World Series. What a storybook year for theCardinals. A patented Tony La Russa year; with a laundry list of deficienciesthat included:
  • Best player is hampered with injuries
  • Ace out for the year
  • No 2B/SS
  • 3B out with injuries
This guy gathered a nag-tag group of players with so manyholes you could have called them the St. Louis Swiss-Cheeses.  They come from what seems like 100 games outof playoff contention to beat Atlantafor the wild card spot to make the playoffs, then goes on to win it all!Unbelievable!
2012 Outlook:Pujols is gone. Now that that’s out of the way, lets getinto the team that won the 2011 World Series. It’s still a solid team that madesome quality signings. Beltran was a great move. I know Allen Craig had a greatend of the year and playoffs, but I feel he’s better suited as a 4thoutfield rather then your starting right-fielder. It makes the outfield 4quality guys deep.  Furcal was anothermove that needed to be made. He’s not what he used to be, but he’s still betterthen any internal option St. Louishad. I’ve been following David Freese for a few years, and I gotta say, when hecame up huge in that World Series I had a big smile on. Freese has got sometalent, but he’s just so injury prone! I really hope 2012 will be his yearbecause he’s got talent. After a very weak year from Holliday, Wainwright, a CyYoung candidate every year, and the bullpen solidified, this team has a enoughtalent to make another deep run in the playoffs. And to top it all off, St. Louis has one of thebest farm systems in the league with extremely high end talent coming up.
Projected 2012 Roster/Salaries

C-Y.Molina:4 yr/$15.5M (08-11)+12 cl opt1B-L.Berkman:1 yr/$12mil (12)2B-S.Schumaker:ArbitrationSS-R. Furcal:2 yr/$14 mil (12-13)3B-D.Freese:Rookie ContractLF-M.Holliday: 7 yr/$120M (10-16)+17 cl optCF-J.Jay:Rookie ContractRF-C.Beltran:2 yr/$26mil (12-13)
Rotation1. A. Wainwright: 4 yr/$15M (08-11)+12-13 cl opts2. C. Carpenter: 5 yr/$63.5M (08-11)+12 cl opt3. K. Lohse: 4 yr/$41M (09-12)4. J. Garcia: Arbitration5. J. Westbrook: 2 yr/$16.5M (11-12)+13 m optCL-J. Motte: ArbitrationAll contracts courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts
Top 5 Prospects1.S.Miller-SP2.C.Martinez-SP3.Z.Cox-3B4.J.Swagerty-SP5.S.Blair-SP
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