Found December 27, 2012 on i70baseball:
As another offseason of eye-poppingly large free-agent contracts begins to wind down, the St. Louis Cardinals find themselves in an unfortunate, yet familiar situation as one of their biggest stars heads into the final year of his contract. It was Albert Pujols in 2011; it will be Adam Wainwright in 2013. The Cardinals co-ace is headed into the final year of his six-year, $59.4-million contract. That number is almost laughably low for a former Cy Young Award winner with a career 80-48 record, 3.15 ERA. In the past year, pitchers with less impressive numbers have signed contracts nearly triple the size of Wainwright’s current deal. The San Francisco Giants signed Matt Cain in April to a six-year, $127.5-million extension. That was, of course, before he had a career season that included starting the All-Star Game and pitching a perfect game June 13 against the Houston Astros. The Los Angeles Dodgers also recently signed former Cy Young winner Zack Grienke to a six-year, $147-million ...

TCN Blog 2012 top Cardinals story #13: Mujica’s mound magic

Two dozen pitchers took the mound for the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals – from Chuckie Fick’s two outings to Mitchell Boggs’ 78 appearances. Of that group of 24, the same hurler led the team in both ERA (1.03) and WHIP (0.873). In other words, he was best at both keeping runners off base and inhibiting them from coming around to touch home plate. His other leadership areas included...

Cardinals hire Bengie Molina as assistant hitting coach

Former major league catcher Bengie Molina had planned to travel in 2013, with Alaska and Europe among his potential destinations. His travel schedule will be modified, though, as he will be touring such places as Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Milwaukee in his new capacity as the St. Louis Cardinals' assistant coach. Some years ago, former manager Tony La Russa installed Mike...

3 reasons the CarGo to Cardinals rumor is crazy

As January of 2013 approaches and most of the MLB free agent frenzy over, baseball writers and pundits often find themselves bored. There is very little to write about unfortunately and sometimes, even the best of analysts can reach a little bit to create content. Such was the case for writer Jim Bowden on Thursday. Bowden wrote that the St. Louis Cardinals should consider...

BaseballHQ Predicts 2013 Cardinals Hitters

BaseballHQ’s projections for year-to-year performances of the St. Louis Cardinals position players for 2013 raise questions. Part two, focusing on the club’s pitchers, will follow.

TCN Blog 2012 top story #12: Motte logs every save

In 2011, nine different relievers collected saves before Jason Motte was tried in the closers’ role with a month remaining in the regular season. After a strong performance in September and during the run to the World Series title, Motte strengthened his hold on the job. This past season, Motte accomplished a feat that had occurred only five prior times in major league history...
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