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With some St. Louis Cardinals fans still steaming over the circumstances surrounding the painful departure of Albert Pujols, the focus of their concern has moved to next year’s major impending free agent, catcher Yadier Molina.
Articles are popping up, in which the merits of trading away the catcher before he “does a Pujols” to the Gateway City are being weighed. In terms of value, Molina seems to be a player at the top of his game, coming off his best offensive year and moving into his age 29-30 season.
The time to act would seem to be now. Yet would any acquiring club be willing to acquire Molina without securing a commitment to an extension?
Waiting until mid-season to trade Molina no longer seems an attractive option. The new collective bargaining agreement specifies that a club acquiring an impending free agent during his final season will not receive draft pick compensation if the player signs elsewhere.
More importantly, knowing what he could potentially make in the open ma...
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Cardinals and Pitcher Kyle McClellan Agree To Terms on One Year Deal, Avoid Arbitration
ST. LOUIS, MO., January 17, 2012 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that righthanded pitcher Kyle McClellan has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the club, thus avoiding salary arbitration. Financial terms were not disclosed.
McClellan, 27, split his time between starter...
Whether you were devastated, relieved, or somewhere in between when Albert Pujols rejected a reported $210 million, 10-year contract offer from team president, Bill Dewitt, and GM John Mozeliak, the fact remains that the departure of the St. Louis Cardinals’ long-time first basement gives the front office a lot more payroll flexibility moving forward.
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The question isn’t whether Carlos Beltran can still hit, it’s whether or not he can stay healthy. For two seasons before 2011, Beltran struggled to play more than 81 games, but he managed to stay healthy enough to play in 142 games last year. The batting average and the power was there (.300 and 22 HR), but the same bothersome knee knocked him out for two weeks in August. That’s...
President Barack Obama on Tuesday dubbed the St. Louis Cardinals the ''greatest comeback team in the history of baseball'' thanks to their thrilling late-season charge into the playoffs and death-defying, seven-game triumph in last November's World Series.
The Cardinals were 10 1/2 games back at the end of August, but rallied to win a National League wild card...
It turns out that the Cardinals' World Series title isn't just good news for the baseball operations department. The annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up fan festival did bang-up business over the weekend, drawing an estimated 20,000 fans to downtown St. Louis.
Just want to say thanks again to Joe D. for posting on my blog as I go through some things. Going in today for a procedure. Have been in a lot of discomfort lately and hoping this will help. I will keep trying to post whenever I can.
In the interim, some thoughts have been going through my mind I’d like to share with you.
1) I understand selling bricks on the walk ways surrounding...
Two familiar faces were missing when the St. Louis Cardinals paid a visit to the White House on Tuesday.
Former manager Tony La Russa and long-time Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols were not in attendance as President Barack Obama and the first lady welcomed the reigning World Series champions.
La Russa retired shortly after St. Louis topped the Texas Rangers in Game 7 of the World...
Brian Walton’s one-on-one interview with the leader of the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system plus bonus Winter Warm-Up presentation audio.
Looking back one year later at some of our best and worst predictions for the St. Louis Cardinals’ top minor league prospects from 2011.
Our annual ranking of the top prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system by position.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday dubbed the St. Louis Cardinals the "greatest comeback team in the history of baseball" thanks to their thrilling late-season charge into the playoffs and death-defying, seven-game triumph in last November's World Series.
Left Field may not be a power position in the National League Central, but with Matt Holiday, it is shaping up to be one of the key positions for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Matt Holliday is a great player. After his first season in 2004, when he batted .290, he has failed to hit .300 only once, and that was last year at .296 which was plagued by injury. His average stats over a...
Led by ace Chris Carpenter and David Freese, a group that
included chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. visited the Armed Forces Amputee
Patient Care Program, one of three amputee facilities like it in