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Viva El Birdos 39 mins ago

St. Louis Cardinals free agent rumors: Cards reportedly interested in Asdrubal Cabrera

This would be an excellent addition by the Cardinals brass. The St. Louis Cardinals' offseason roster makeover may not be over yet. Jon Heyman of CBS tweets that the Cardinals are one of five teams to have shown interest in free agent Asdrubal Cabrera. The Giants, Athletics, Twins, and Mets are the other clubs who have, according to Heyman, expressed interest in the infielder. Cabrera's name should be familiar to followers of the Cardinals rumor mill. During the 2012-13 Hot Stove, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch stated in a chat, according to this stltoday.com post, that the...
Viva El Birdos 7 hours ago

St. Louis Cardinals free agent signings: GM John Mozeliak has been value shopping so far this offseason

After two disappointing free agent signings in a row (in 2012 and 2013), it appears John Mozeliak has done a little better shopping for value so far this offseason. So far this offseason, John Mozeliak has completed a blockbuster trade (netting Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden), swapped minor leaguers with the Mariners (landing Ty Kelly), and has signed three free agents to big league contracts. On November 11th, the Cardinals signed middle infielder Dean Anna for presumably the league minimum. On December 2nd, right-handed reliever Matt Belisle agreed to terms on a one year, $3.5 million...
Viva El Birdos 8 hours ago

2015 Draft Preview 0.1: Hello Draftee My Old Friend, Part Two

Three more pitchers returning to the draft in 2015, helping us to move forward into proper draft coverage in style. Two weeks ago, I tried to ease into this year's draft coverage (actually still next year's draft coverage, I suppose, technically), by profiling three players, all pitchers, who will be returning to the draft this year after becoming embroiled in the Brady Aiken quagmire of 2014. Mac Marshall I like fairly well. Jacob Nix I absolutely love. And Aiken himself, the source of all the consternation, I can't quite make up my mind on. The talent is undeniable, but the risk profile...
The Cardinal Nation 9 hours ago

Cardinals Confidential: Inside the Winter Meetings on FOX Sports Midwest

New special takes viewers behind the scenes at the Winter Meetings with St. Louis Cardinals executives.
Viva El Birdos 22 hours ago

Daniel Descalso signs with Colorado Rockies

The 66-win Rockies might pay Daniel Descalso as much as $4.6 million over the next two seasons. Former St. Louis Cardinals utility infielder Daniel Descalso agreed to terms with the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. The two-year contract will be worth at least $3.6 million, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. Descalso will earn $1.5 million with the Rockies in 2015 and $2.1 million in 2016, with the potential for $500,000 more via incentives in each year. The two-year pact's overall value could reach as much as $4.6 million. When I saw the news that a team—any...
Viva El Birdos Dec 16, 2014

Hunt and Peck: A VEB Winter Meetings Recap

If you missed Monday night's meet-up, you're in luck! Monday night marked our annual VEB Winter Meet-up, better known as VEB Winter Meetings. We use these meet-ups as an opportunity to get to know the faces behind the computer around here. We also use these meet-ups as an excuse to drink beer (or hard cider in some cases) and play shuffleboard. Here were the items on the agenda: The Continental was wearing an amazing holiday sweater Fink was in his winter hair so his Mark Ellis-ness was much subdued Fritz left early to pick up a hot ham and cheese from IMO's Dogtown is a rather nice...
Viva El Birdos Dec 16, 2014

Future Redbirds Season Review: Memphis Redbirds (AAA)

This is the last post in a multi-part series reviewing the 2014 season for each of the Cardinals minor league clubs. To catch up on the other posts in this series, visit the Future Redbirds hub. Memphis Redbirds Record: 79-64 Three Year Park Factor: 94 (Pitcher Friendly) Another solid year for Pop Warner's club in Memphis, which is now fully owned by the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Overlord Humphrey, Ben Godar, and I were able to catch this club the opening set of the year in April, in Iowa, in freezing cold, rainy weather.  Of course, the outfield at that time featured Randal...
The Cardinal Nation Dec 16, 2014

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #13: La Russa Enters Cooperstown

The long-time manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland A’s and Chicago White Sox, Tony La Russa, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July.
Viva El Birdos Dec 16, 2014

How many starters do the Cardinals need for 2015?

It is very rare for a team to make it through the year relying on the five starters it starts the season with. The Cardinals will likely use more than five starters in 2015, but how many will they need to feel safe? The Cardinals starting five in 2015 appears nearly set with Adam Wainwright anchoring the rotation followed by Lance Lynn, John Lackey, Michael Wacha, and Carlos Martinez. The Cardinals entered 2014 with depth in the rotation with Carlos Martinez in the bullpen and Tyler Lyons in Memphis, but ended up using twelve different starters and finding it necessary to trade for Justin...
Viva El Birdos Dec 16, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny tries to hold a book signing

Imagining how Mike Matheny's book --scheduled for release in February 2015-- will be received by fans (and maybe mascots) after his managerial performance in October 2014. St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny just recently issued some words about the 2014 season on his website. I hoped he would address the final moments of October, but instead of offering any real insights (that only time and perspective could have provided), he left it at this: "After an amazing upset in the Division Series, a strong Giants club simply beat us as we had to watch them celebrate once again in San...
Viva El Birdos Dec 15, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals free agents: Jason Motte signs with Chicago Cubs, but we'll always have 2011

Former St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte has agreed to a contract with the Chicago Cubs. The first in my Twitter timeline to tweet out the news was ESPN's Jayson Stark. Motte's pact with the Cubs is one year in length according to Stark. The news that Motte has signed elsewhere is not particularly surprising. While the door to a potential Motte return to St. Louis seemed open more so than with fellow relief corps member Pat Neshek, who general manager John Mozeliak openly mused had likely priced himself out of the Cardinals' comfort zone for relievers. Motte was seeking a pillow...
The Cardinal Nation Dec 15, 2014

New World Series Odds Reflect Cubs Optimism While Cardinals Fall

The Chicago Cubs now have better odds than the St. Louis Cardinals to win the 2015 World Series.
Viva El Birdos Dec 15, 2014

Pitchers potentially available in January for the Cardinals

The Cardinals appear to be content with their roster at the time, but the team could be opportunistic if there are still pitchers without teams in another month. The Cardinals exit the Winter Meetings with very few questions regarding the composition of the Opening Day roster. The Jason Heyward trade and declaration of Jon Jay as starting centerfielder nailed down the lineup. Trading Shelby Miller and putting public support behind Carlos Martinez leaves little to be solved with the rotation. Bringing in Jordan Walden and Matt Belisle, keeping Randy Choate and optimism surrounding Kevin...
Viva El Birdos Dec 15, 2014

Mark Reynolds represents the antithesis of the Cardinal (hitting) way

Swinging and missing, striking out, and hitting for power aren't the only ways in which Mark Reynolds's hitting profile differs from the St. Louis Cardinals of recent vintage. The St. Louis Cardinals have constructed a team that does well at putting the ball in play. And when the Cardinals make contact, they often hit ball on the ground. This tendency has been the subject of some study in sabermetric circles. Back in 2012 at Fangraphs, Jeff Sullivan first delved into the Cardinals' good fortunes on grounders. In that piece, Sullivan makes the following observation: When you think offense...
Viva El Birdos Dec 14, 2014

Viva El Birdos podcast episode 11

in which Ben and Craig talk winter meetings, Scherzer, Reynolds, and a possible Lynnxtention. You can head over to subscribe via itunes here. Please rate and leave a review if you have not yet done so! We are now on stitcher here. The RSS Feed is here.
The Cardinal Nation Dec 14, 2014

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #14: Centerfield Consistency

Prior to the season, if anyone had forecast consistency in centerfield for the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals, they probably would have been referring to Peter Bourjos, not Jon Jay.
Viva El Birdos Dec 14, 2014

Michael Wacha's 2014 in review

Michael Wacha's season was going wonderfully until it wasn't. Here's a look back at his very exciting and troubling season. In the aftermath of Michael Wacha's shoulder injury (a scapular stress reaction), it's easy to forget that the young pitcher looked every bit an ace for the 15 starts he made prior to hitting the DL. His late season triumphs in 2013 were highly auspicious, but coming into 2014, it was fair to wonder if he could continue to excel with just two pitches to lean on, a fastball and changeup. He made that question irrelevant by adding a cutter and showing development in his...
Viva El Birdos Dec 13, 2014

Complete Coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals' Mark Reynolds Signing

The Cardinals needed a righthanded-hitting first base complement to Matt Adams who could hit with power, and that is the type of player they have signed. The St. Louis Cardinals have built a roster full of players that are good at making contact, difficult to strike out. In part due to these traits, which can be found up and down the lineup, the Cardinals haven’t hit for a lot of power these last couple years—especially in 2014. Enter free agent Mark Reynolds, an all-or-nothing batting talent, who St. Louis signed to a one-year deal, according to a Jon Heyman of CBS. The contract is...
Viva El Birdos Dec 13, 2014

Free agents and playing time: How the St. Louis Cardinals wound up with Mark Reynolds

It's winter, the time of the year when many baseball fans follow the lead of Rogers Hornsby, albeit with a twist. Times have changed since Hornsby's day. Instead of staring outside through a window, waiting for spring, we stare at computer screen windows and rosterbate. At sites like this one, fans share the moves we would make if we were general manager John Mozeliak. Such discussions are a fun to pass the cold days next to a hot stove. Coming into the 2014-15 offseason the Cardinals had a roster that was largely set for the coming season. The plan was to have players already within the...
Viva El Birdos Dec 12, 2014

Hunt and Peck: You get traded, and you get traded, and EVERYBODY GETS TRADED!

Winter Meetings, ya'll... This year's Winter Meetings has been BONKERS. This was the most hectic #WinterMeetings in recent memory. #MLBTonight pic.twitter.com/FRs1HpsYpv — MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) December 12, 2014 what else is going on in baseball... Dan Haren and Dee Gordan are now Marlins. - Hardball Talk; CBS Sports Barry Zito. *snarls* - Hardball Talk Andrew Friedman is out of control and must be stopped before he dooms us all. - Sports on Earth The Yankees couldn't afford Brandon McCarthy. Okkkkay. - Hardball Talk Here is a summary of the Winter Meetings...

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