Found December 31, 2011 on MLB Trade Rumors:
As we approach the New Year, here's the final edition of Quick Hits for 2011.. Congratulations to Ben Nicholson-Smith and Luke Adams on being named among the most influential Canadians in baseball by Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun.   The Rays' interest in Ryan Theriot, presumably as a backup, has been preliminary to this point, writes Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.  The Mets and Braves are also said to be interested in the infielder's services. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker breaks down the pros and cons of Japanese import Norichika Aoki.  Earlier this month, the Brewers won the negotiating rights to the speedy outfielder and have until mid-January to work out a deal.  Milwaukee reportedly started negotiations with an offer in the $1-1.5MM range. Meanwhile, the Yankees and Hiroyuki Nakajima are said to remain far apart in their talks, tweets Jon Heyman of  The Bombers won the exclusive right to negotiate with the shortstop with a bid around ...

Cardinals' Top 12 questions for 2012

Despite manager Tony La Russa retiring and slugger Albert Pujols moving on to the Anaheim Angels, the St. Louis Cardinals will soon begin their request to repeat as World Champions. But following a historic and improbable season that landed the Cardinals with their 11th World Series title, the Cardinals face several key questions as they had into 2012. Here's a look at 12 pressing...

Cardinals' top offensive performances of 2011

The Cardinals' improbable run to the 2011 World Series Championship featured an unforgettable regular season filled with highlights, lowlights and everything in between. Before we move into 2012, here's a final look at the Cardinals' Top 11 offensive performances of the 2011 season: No. 11 - Skip Schumaker - June 19 vs. Kansas City: Schumaker entered as a pinch-hitter...

Chris Carpenter Player Projection No. 103

Key Stats: Chris Carpenter may have seen his rank drop from 64 to 175 last season, but there’s plenty of reason to believe there’s still something left in the tank. Carpenter was in the bottom fourth of the league in terms of the run support that he received, so even with the loss of Albert Pujols it’s possible that Carpenter will receive better luck in terms of run support...

Why Yadier Molina Is The Cornerstone Of The Cardinals

In Baseball, everyone knows that offense wins innings; defense wins games, and pitching wins championships. However, what about the man behind the mask? The catcher is part of both defense and pitching. From working with the pitching staff on a personal and professional basis, to calling every pitch, the catcher makes sure that pitching stays on course, and if things go awry, they...

Chris Carpenter Goes Fishing, Shoots A Caiman And Jacks Up His Toe

So, apparently, Roy Halladay, B.J. Ryan and our very own Chris Carpenter all went on a fishing trip with pro fisher Skeet Reese in the Amazon of all places. Reese  wrote about it on his site: “We had plenty of wildlife encounters though.  Along with the fishing, we decided to go hunting one night, and Carpenter and B.J. both shot a caiman; which is like an alligator.  Me...

Mets interested in Ryan Theriot

#bbpBox_152443964606255104 a { text-decoration:none; color:#009999; }#bbpBox_152443964606255104 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; }Braves, rays, mets among teams looking at ryan theriotabout 20 hours ago via Mobile WebReplyRetweetFavorite@JonHeymanCBSJon Heyman The Mets are interested in signing a veteran middle infielder to back-up Daniel Murphy and Ruben Tejada. Theriot is...

In Memory of Former Cardinals: 2011

Our annual feature remembering 14 former St. Louis Cardinals that passed away during 2011.

Cardinals' Adam Wainwright aims to be at full strength for spring training.

ST. LOUIS -- As he's advanced the past couple of weeks with his throwing program, Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright...

TCN 2012 Cards Prospect #13: Ryan Jackson

Does the shortstop have two years to prove if he can take over for Rafael Furcal in St. Louis? Today’s report is FREE!

Ushering in New Year, St. Louis style: Let’s talk Rams, Cardinals and Tony La Russa’s ARF gala

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Cards, Rays define 2011 season finale

The last day of the 2011 season saw a pair of compelling stories come to fruition. The Cardinals finished their improbable rise to the playoffs, while the Rays' collapse felt its final innings.

TCN 2012 Cards Prospect #28a: Erik Komatsu

The outfielder and new member of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 40-man roster required a special vote to be placed onto our top 40 prospect list. Our voters offer a wide variety of opinion about the newcomer.

Departures don't dampen Cards' optimism

There's plenty of reason to think that 2012 will be another enjoyable year for the Redbirds, even if the faces look different. Much of the core of the reigning World Series champions returns, and ace Adam Wainwright will be added to the mix.
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