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On The 7th Day Of Cardinals Crapmas

Cardinals fans, bless their hearts, are easy marks for the retail snipers of BIG BUSINESS. They know you know it’s hard to go wrong with a Cardinals themed gift for a friend, co-worker or loved one. So they make literally anything you could ever buy into a ‘great gift for Cardinals fans’ and it’s in your shopping cart before you even realized what you’ve done. These are...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

If Adams hits lefties, the Cardinals have an everyday first baseman

ST. LOUIS -- Batting left-handed is not a mandatory requirement for starting at first base in the National League. It only seems that way. Twelve of the 15 clubs list a lefty hitter as their primary first baseman on mlb.com's depth charts and two others, the Nationals and Marlins, started a lefty at the position in 2014. That leaves Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt, the league's premier...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jay-OK: Jon Jay’s success in 2014

Following a disappointing 2013 that included a dismal postseason, Jon Jay was the whipping boy of many Cardinal fans. The front office recognized a need to improve in center field, and as such, they acquired Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for David Freese and Fernando Salas. Bourjos received every opportunity to lay claim to the center...
Via Cardinals Farm
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sierra, Gonzales named Cardinals' top minor leaguers of 2014

ST. LOUIS -- Magneuris Sierra and Marco Gonzales represent different ends of the scouting and development spectrum for the St. Louis Cardinals. Sierra is an 18-year-old outfielder who came up through the Cardinals Dominican Academy. Gonzales is a 22-year-old polished left-hander who reached the majors just more than a year after being a first-round pick out of Gonzaga in 2013. But...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Announce 2014 Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year

OUTFIELDER MAGNEURIS SIERRA & LEFTY MARCO GONZALES EARN ACCOLADES ST. LOUIS, Mo., December 18, 2014 – The St. Louis Cardinals today announced the recipients of the team’s 2014 Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year awards with outfielder Magneuris Sierra and left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales taking the honors.  The Cardinals first began awarding their Minor [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

A 2015 guide to the St. Louis Cardinals farm system

This was one of my first posts for CardinalsFarm way back in February of 2013 and I thought it would be a great time to bring it back for 2015 since my readership has increased tremendously.The Cardinals have built one of the best minor league systems in Major League Baseball. Several of the top prospects have the ability to be stars at the highest level. Did you know that the idea...
Via Cardinals Farm
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Four ex-Cardinals find it pays to have worn the Birds on the Bat

ST. LOUIS -- It sure pays to play for the Cardinals. You get the big home crowds, your travel is reasonable without any coast-to-coast trips and those annual playoff-share checks make a nice bonus at the end of the year. And then, when it's time to become an ex-Cardinal, you reap more dividends just for being part of such a winning club. At least that's how it's worked out for four...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Your Handy Guide To New Cardinals Jersey Numbers In 2015

Lot’s of movement on the uniform front this off-season for the Cardinals. Mike Matheny alone has gone from 22 to 44 to 26. So here’s what we know so far and here’s what is still to be determined… Confirmed: Number 22: Jason Heyward (Formerly Matheny) Number 26: Mike Matheny (Formerly Rosenthal) Number 18: Carlos Martinez (Formerly Taveras) Number 44: Trevor Rosenthal (Formerly...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #12: Losing the Most Valuable Asset

Before every Major League Baseball season, stories appear trying to identify the player who if injured would be the biggest loss to his team. For the St. Louis Cardinals in recent years, the answer is always the same. Yadier Molina is not only widely recognized as the best catcher in the game, but also the best defensive player overall. As the makeup of his team’s pitching staff...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Lance Lynn is most deserving of a contract extension

When I asked this week’s poll question, I realized it could become one-sided. Lance Lynn was probably the most obvious answer to the question of which player should receive the next contract extension. To make things more interesting, I could have included Jason Heyward in the poll, but technically the Cardinals would not be buying out arbitration years with Heyward, which was...
Via Cardinals Farm
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

On The 6th Day Of Cardinals Crapmas

Cardinals fans, bless their hearts, are easy marks for the retail snipers of BIG BUSINESS. They know you know it’s hard to go wrong with a Cardinals themed gift for a friend, co-worker or loved one. So they make literally anything you could ever buy into a ‘great gift for Cardinals fans’ and it’s in your shopping cart before you even realized what you’ve done. These are...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Post Winter-Meetings Outlook: St. Louis Cardinals

Much like it’s counterpart in the American League, the NL Central promises to be one of the most competitive divisions in all of baseball this year. The St. Louis Cardinals are the reigning division champs, and they will have their eyes set on the pennant again in 2015 after adding Jason Heyward to man right field, and righty Jordan Walden to lock down the eighth inning in the...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

5 possible sleepers in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system for 2015

Every year it seems like a couple of Cardinals minor leaguers appear out of nowhere around mid-season and start to shoot up the prospect rankings. In 2014 it was Rowan Wick or Magneuris Sierra or Nick Petree. These are names that some people have heard of, but the majority of Cardinals fans don’t know.Now, my definition of sleeper is probably much different from your definition...
Via Cardinals Farm
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Confidential: Inside The Winter Meetings

FOX Sports Midwest takes fans behind the scenes with Sr. Vice President and General Manager John Mozeliak and the Cardinals baseball operations staff in Cardinals Confidential: Inside the Winter Meetings.  The 30-minute special premieres Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Midwest.  Host Jim Hayes and a FOX Sports Midwest producer and [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Looking back at the top 5 shortstops in the Cardinals organization

With my top 50 prospect list completed and my positional rankings about to heat up, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at my positional rankings from before the 2014 season. I will take a look at the predictions I made for each player and give an update on how the player performed throughout the 2014 season.Today I will look back at my shortstop rankings. Here is how I...
Via Cardinals Farm
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Confidential: Inside the Winter Meetings on FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest takes fans behind the scenes with Senior Vice President and General Manager John Mozeliak and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball operations staff in Cardinals Confidential: Inside the Winter Meetings. The 30-minute special premieres Wednesday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Midwest. Host Jim Hayes plus a producer and photographer had access inside Cardinals...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #180: Trevor Rosenthal | RP | STL

Unlike other positions, where players are scrutinized and ranked with the utmost care, relief pitchers tend to be plopped into groups of players with similar value. In general, the groups (or tiers) are based off how many strengths pitchers have in one of three general areas: Saves/Holds ERA/WHIP Strikeouts Relievers that perform well in all three are elite (Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

On The 5th Day Of Cardinals Crapmas

Cardinals fans, bless their hearts, are easy marks for the retail snipers of BIG BUSINESS. They know you know it’s hard to go wrong with a Cardinals themed gift for a friend, co-worker or loved one. So they make literally anything you could ever buy into a ‘great gift for Cardinals fans’ and it’s in your shopping cart before you even realized what you’ve done. These are...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
2 days ago  |  Discuss

New Cub Jason Motte has something to say to Cardinals Nation

ST. LOUIS -- Even as a member of the Cubs, it will be hard for Cardinals fans to root against Jason Motte.  The former Cardinals closer is leaving St. Louis for a one-year, $4.5 million deal with Chicago, but right-hander made sure to show his appreciation on the way out for the only organization he's ever known since being drafted in the 19th round in 2003.   
Via Fox Sports Midwest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Descalso gets two-year, $3.6M deal with Rockies

DENVER -- The first big league signing of Jeff Bridich's tenure as general manager of the Colorado Rockies was far more sensible than splashy. The Rockies needed a versatile infielder, and so they added Daniel Descalso with a $3.6 million, two-year contract Tuesday. It appears to be a sound investment for a team that's trying to rebound from a 96-loss season, especially after Colorado...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies, infielder Daniel Descalso agree to 2-year deal

DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have agreed to a two-year deal with versatile infielder Daniel Descalso. The 28-year-old has seen action all over the infield since being selected by St. Louis in the third round of the 2007 draft. He's played 200 games at third base, along with 174 more at second. He's also slid over to shortstop (114 games) and filled in at first (nine games)....
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies sign Daniel Descalso to two-year deal

After being non-tendered by the St. Louis Cardinals earlier in the offseason, infielder Daniel Descalso has reached an agreement with the Colorado Rockies on a two year deal, the team announced today. According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation’s MLB Daily Dish, the Rockies will pay Descalso $3.6 million over two years. Cotillo notes that he will get paid $1.5 million during the 2015...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking back at the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2014 Draft: Rounds 6-20

In part 1 of this series I looked at the Cardinals’ first seven picks, covering rounds 1 through 5. Of those first seven picks, only one came from a position other than pitcher. Of the 15 that I will profile today, only 5 are pitchers. After loading up on pitching early, the Cardinals moved around the diamond and into the outfield.Going into the 2014 draft, the Cards brass made...
Via Cardinals Farm
2 days ago  |  Discuss

On The 4th Day Of Cardinal Crapmas

Cardinals fans, bless their hearts, are easy marks for the retail snipers of BIG BUSINESS. They know you know it’s hard to go wrong with a Cardinals themed gift for a friend, co-worker or loved one. So they make literally anything you could ever buy into a ‘great gift for Cardinals fans’ and it’s in your shopping cart before you even realized what you’ve done. These are...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Motte Gets The Best of Both Worlds

By signing with the Chicago Cubs, Jason Motte gets the best of both worlds. He gets to compete for a potential winning franchise and stay very close to his favorite city of St. Louis at the same time. Be happy for the guy. Upon hearing the news this afternoon, Cardinal fans were either hurt or mad at [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
3 days ago  |  Discuss
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