Found November 08, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
With the best record in the National League (tied for the top mark in MLB) and two games away from their second World Series championship in the past three seasons (and third in 10 years), there's not much the Cardinals have to do to improve on for next season. St. Louis probably can't be seen as a prohibitive favorite for the NL pennant. Not with the Dodgers, Braves, Nationals and Pirates alongside them as competition. The Cards are strong contenders if they stand pat. They have the deepest pitching staff in MLB and an excellent lineup. But St. Louis won't maintain the status quo, not with one major concern to address and plenty of pieces for general manager John Mozeliak to offer up in trade.  Needs The postseason made the completely obvious even more so: The Cardinals badly need a shortstop. Pete Kozma has value as a backup and defensive replacement, but St. Louis needs someone at that position to pose a threat on offense. Both the free agent and trade markets h...

Should the St. Louis Cardinals re-sign Carlos Beltran?

After a tough loss in the 2013 World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals head into an interesting offseason where they will look to remain a top contender, as well as find room for some of their great upcoming talent.  They are in a unique, and indeed optimal, situation where they have the financial resources to sign veteran free agents, and a wealth of young talent that could be used...

Questions abound as Hot Stove League heats up for Cardinals

With the lackluster finish to the 2013 World Series, at least as far as Cardinals fans are concerned, everyone's attention now turns to the Hot Stove League. The Cards, who appeared in the 4th World Series over the last decade, but fell short for a second time against the Red Sox, will look to upgrade their team to reach their ultimate goal.  Along the way, GM John Mozeliak...

UCB Roundtable Day 3: The Cardinals 2014 starting rotation

For the United Cardinals Bloggers November project, we are conducting a roundtable discussion taking a look at the 2013 season and what the 2014 season may bring.  To follow the Roundtable, be sure check out the United Cardinals Bloggers' website. Today's question, posed by your truly, was as follows: With incumbents Adam Wainwright, Shelby Miller, Lance Lynn, Michael...

Why the Cardinals could afford Tulowitzki and Ellsbury

Note: This is a guest column from blingboy and as such, does not necessarily reflect my opinion. But hey, we’re open-minded around here! By blingboy Fangraphs writer Wendy Thurm brought together information from several sources in an article that looks at Major League Baseball teams’ 2014 salary obligations as well as the effect of the new MLB television deals on team revenue...

Ken Rosenthal’s hypothetical of Troy Tulowitzki to St. Louis Cardinals

Let me state for the record I have a great deal of respect for Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and the outstanding job he does. However, his Friday column offered a mindblowing suggestion. He wrote in his piece a hypothetical of the Colorado Rockies dealing Troy Tulowtizki to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Allen Craig, Trevor Rosenthal, Shelby Miller and a lower level prospect...

Carlos Beltran looking for three- or four-year deal, and likely a new team

Two years ago, Carlos Beltran, who had never taken a World Series at-bat, signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. Against at least one offer of three years and the possibility for four, Beltran accepted two years – and $26 million – from the Cardinals, because he believed an October like the one that just passed was more likely in St. Louis. At the risk of another year or two of...

St. Louis Cardinals: Did Matt Carpenter get screwed?

The finalists for the National League MVP award were announced earlier this week and the St. Louis Cardinals had representation. Catcher Yadier Molina was named one of three finalists, along with Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks. While it is good to see Molina get recognition, did another Cardinal get screwed? Cardinals second...

Cardinals Post-Season Review and 2014 Outlook

Winner of the National League Central Division, the St. Louis Cardinals advanced to the sixth game of the World Series before bowing out. Third of three articles summarizing the 2013 season.

St. Louis C Yadier Molina: More iron

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St. Louis Cardinals: Ken Rosenthal’s trade idea involving Tulo is a joke

Once the season is over and a World Series winner is crowned, everyone, thanks to fantasy baseball and video games, thinks they are capable of handling the general manager responsibilities of their favorite team. Cardinals fans are not any different, and hypothetical and mythical trade ideas are already being floated around by radio show hosts, message board posters, and careless...

Carlos Beltran Becoming Red Sox

Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer As reported by Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, Carlos Beltran is looking to lock in the tail end of his career with a 3-4 year deal. This pretty much tanks talks of him becoming a Red Sox this offseason. The Red Sox front office must have learned from the last few long term deals that you don't want to lock in these types of deals when a player...

Cards fare poorly in SABR Defensive Index

There is a wide defensive gulf between the two St. Louis Cardinals Gold Glove Award winners and most of the rest of the team, according to new SABR metrics.

Playing World Series Catch-Up & The Friday Links

It's been over a week since the Cardinals lost the World Series.  We're finally OK enough to start sifting through some of the rubble and seeing some stuff we've missed during the party. The good thing about the internet? It NEVER forgets. So let's look at three stories that we overlooked... 1) The Stock Market Is Going To Crash Not the news I was hoping...

Can You See Carlos Beltran on the Red Sox?

Admittedly, every time Carlos Beltran stepped up to bat in the World Series, I was nervous. He's definitely the kind of guy you'd much rather have on your side of the ball, so I don't think it's the WORST idea that the Sox look into picking him up this year. Rumor has it the Red Sox are pursuing the free agent, and might even be doing so "aggressively....

Red Sox interested in Carlos Beltran, Tim Hudson

Carlos Beltran is undoubtedly one of the most coveted players on the free agent market. He is expected to generate interest from multiple top teams, and it sounds like the World Series champion Boston Red Sox are in that group. The New York Post’s George A. King III reported on Thursday night that the Sox […]
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