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Viva El Birdos 18 hours ago

A visual comparison of outfield defenses in the National League Central

After reviewing three-season averages of available defensive metrics, for fun, let's look at a visual comparison of some National League Central outfield defenses as well. With the acquisition of Jason Heyward, arguably the best defensive right fielder in baseball, the outfield defense of the St. Louis Cardinals is vastly improved for the 2015 season. Oscar Taveras (may he rest in peace) was not going to wow anyone with his glove out there, and though Randal Grichuk, a long-time center fielder, flashed the leather a handful of times last season, he is pretty clearly not ready for an...
Viva El Birdos Nov 22, 2014

The State of the Rotation, Right Now.

The trade of Shelby Miller had big ramifications for the Cardinals' starting rotation going forward. Where do they stand now? Author's Note: I was originally writing this article Wednesday morning, as per my usual time of appearance. It was approximately half done, when I was sidelined by an unexpected bout of explosive diarrhea, er, SOTS (Sudden Onset Tourette's Syndrome, no, that's no good, explosive erectile dysfunction, ugh, that sounds painful, explosive writer's block, that's just dumb, a work thing, oh, wait. Actually, yes! That works! It was a work thing, I'll say! Anyhow, I'm...
The Cardinal Nation Nov 21, 2014

Is Anna the Cardinals New Castro?

For each of the last two winters, the St. Louis Cardinals bestowed a 40-man roster spot on a free agent signee that led me to scratch my head as to why.
Viva El Birdos Nov 21, 2014

Hunt and Peck: Meet newest Cardinal Ty Kelly!

More Matt Carpenter than Matt Carpenter. It is currently 9:30pm on a Thursday evening. News of a minor league deal between the Cardinals and Mariners that sent pitcher Sam Gaviglo to Seattle in exchange for infielder Ty Kelly has broke. Twitter has exploded. Why has social media exploded over a minor league deal, you ask? To simply try to explain to you why would be a failure of epic proportions, and a disservice to you loyal readers. No. I must show you. Follow me. The news broke quite humbly: #Mariners have traded INF/OF Ty Kelly to Cardinals for RH Sam Gaviglio. Both Minor Leaguers...
Viva El Birdos Nov 21, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals acquire INF Ty Kelly, the most interesting man in the minors

In a swap of minor leaguers, the Cardinals added more depth to their utility bench by acquiring former UC Davis baseball star Ty Kelly. Of note, Daniel Descalso also played his college ball at UC Davis. Last night, the St. Louis Cardinals acquired Triple-A infielder Ty Kelly (26 years old) from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Double-A right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio (24 years old). As usual, Aaron Finkel was on top of things and already provided us with some brief information regarding the utility infielder, but let's see what else we can dig up on him. Minor league...
Viva El Birdos Nov 21, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals trade rumor: Minnesota Twins reportedly interested in outfielder Peter Bourjos

Okay, it's only kind of a rumor. The Minnesota Twins apparently have some interest in acquiring Peter Bourjos from the St. Louis Cardinals, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN, a Twin Cities radio station: I'd second @SethTweets and say that Peter Bourjos is a trade name to watch when it comes to the #MNTwins. — Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) November 17, 2014 This isn't really much of a rumor. It doesn't even hint that the Twins have reached out to the Cardinals about Bourjos to see what it might cost to acquire the center fielder. In a way, it reminds me of the when...
Viva El Birdos Nov 20, 2014

Cardinals acquire INF Ty Kelly for P Sam Gaviglio in minor league swap with Mariners

Here's a very brief introduction to the newest member of the Cardinal organization First, good luck to Sam Gaviglio. The Cardinals drafted the righty in the 5th round of the 2011 draft. He had an up and down run in the Cardinals' minor league system, and was mostly up toward the end of his tenure with the Cardinals, posting a ERA under 3.00 and 52 SO against 16 walks from the end of June until the end of the AA season this year. Here's an article about Gaviglio from 2012 that's fun to revisit. On to Kelly, who the Cardinals added to their 40 man roster. I know nothing about Kelly, and the...
Viva El Birdos Nov 20, 2014

Does the Jason Heyward trade tell us anything about the state of the Cardinal farm system?

In a word? Yes. Any time a sports team makes a trade for a significant asset, much of the analysis is spent analyzing both the player that was traded for and the parts that were given up to get him. Over the last 4 days the staff at VEB has done an excellent job of diving into the details of the trade itself, the value of the longer negotiating period with free-agent-to-be Jason Heyward, and Craig's piece this morning highlights what a realistic Heyward contract extension might look like if one is indeed completed prior to opening day of the 2015 season. Now that the dust has settled on...
Viva El Birdos Nov 20, 2014

Cardinals should rush to sign Jason Heyward to an extension

Jason Heyward is a rare player, combining production and youth just a year from free agency. This winter might be the only chance the Cardinals have to lock up Heyward long term. If Heyward has another good season in 2015, the free agency prices may blow the Cardinals out of the water for a player who still have five seasons left in his twenties. Three years ago, the Cardinals decided not to pay for past performance, instead insisting that 31-year-old Albert Pujols be paid based on expected future production. The Cardinals made Pujols a massive offer, but were outbid by the Angels. Pujols...
Viva El Birdos Nov 20, 2014

The Viva El Birdos podcast episode 8

in which Ben Humphrey and Aaron Finkel talk Jason Heyward, Jon Lester, and other off-season fantasies. Wait, did that first one actually happen?! You can head over to subscribe via itunes here. Please rate and leave a review if you have not yet done so! The RSS Feed is here.
Viva El Birdos Nov 19, 2014

2014 SB Nation MLB Awards Results and Winners!

The winner is... Last week voting began for the first ever SB Nation MLB Awards. We spent the week deciding on things from Cardinals funniest moment to pitching performance of the year. The week wrapped up with voting on team of the year. This results post was origionally supposed to be posted on Monday, but when John Mozeliak makes a trade for Jason Heyward, you change your plans. Here are your winners: 2014 Cardinals Funniest Moment . . . Yadier Molina leaves his brother a snack Your browser does not support iframes. Here is the voting break-down: 2014 Cardinals Most...
Viva El Birdos Nov 19, 2014

Remembering former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ray Sadecki

A key member of the 1964 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals passed away Monday. The St. Louis Cardinals' fan base - still reeling from the untimely death of highly acclaimed prospect Oscar Taveras last month - received another dose of unwelcome news when it was learned that Ray Sadecki had passed away on Monday. The veteran of 18 major league seasons, Sadecki wore the Birds on the Bat in eight campaigns from 1960 - 1966 and again in 1975. Sadecki's brightest moments in baseball came during the 1964 season when he combined with fellow starting pitchers Bob Gibson and Curt Simmons to...
Viva El Birdos Nov 19, 2014

What does Pitchf/x reveal about new St. Louis Cardinals reliever Jordan Walden?

If he is able to stay healthy, Jordan Walden will be a welcome addition to the back-end of the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen. The "other guy" received in the Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins for Jason Heyward mega-deal is Jordan Walden, a right-handed relief pitcher with a hop in his mechanics that rivals the hop seen on his fourseam fastball. As Ben discussed in his post-trade roster matrix and payroll post, MLB Trade Rumors projects Walden's 2015 salary to be $3 million, which is reasonable given his potential and the fact that he is entering his second year of arbitration. If he is able...
Twinkie Town Nov 19, 2014

A Possible Twin In The Cards

As the offseason continues, dominoes are starting to fall as trades and signings occur. Could a recent trade by the St. Louis Cardinals lead to a new player donning a Twins uniform next season? Earlier this week the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves swung a trade that sent young outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden to St. Louis with starting pitchers Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins going back to Atlanta. This marks the second trade in consecutive offseasons the Cardinals have made to acquire an elite defensive outfielder, and interestingly the acquisition of Heyward...
Viva El Birdos Nov 19, 2014

St Louis Cardinals free agency rumors: Jon Lester

The Cardinals are reportedly involved in the pursuit of Jon Lester. What should we make of it? A day after the Cardinals made a bold move to strengthen their lineup and defense by trading for Jason Heyward, the surprising news came that  they could be involved in the bidding for free agent Jon Lester's services. ESPN's Jim Bowden tweeted that the Cardinals "have joined the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves in pursuit of Jon Lester according to a club source." (link to tweet) The rumor was completely unexpected, and there are a number of possibilities here. First, they could simply be kicking the...
The Cardinal Nation Nov 19, 2014

KXnO FOX Sports Radio: Hot Stove Heyward Talk

Brian Walton discusses the Jason Heyward trade and the St. Louis Cardinals offseason with Ken Miller of KXnO FOX Sports Radio 1460 in Des Moines.
Viva El Birdos Nov 18, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals trade analysis: Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins for Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden

The Cardinals have reportedly traded Shelby Milller and Tyrell Jenkins for Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden The Cardinals appear to have solved the question in right field by acquiring Jason Heyward from the Braves for Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins. The Cardinals will also receive Jordan Walden, a high strikeout right-handed reliever who won't reach free agency until 2017. Jenifer Langosch tweeted the news. Heyward, just 25 years-old, has yet to reach the stratospheric offensive heights the Braves hoped he would after his illustrious debut season in 2010. However, as his career...
Viva El Birdos Nov 18, 2014

Hunt and Peck: Jason Heyward (and Jordan Walden) is a Cardinal Edition!

You might have heard already, but the Cardinals opened up the hotstove season with a bang, aquiring Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden from the Braves in exchange for Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins. Viva el Birdos has you covered: Cardinals trade Shelby Miller for Jason HeywardIs Jason Heyward a steal for the Cardinals?Cardinals' post-trade roster matrix and payrollJason Heyward trade analysis Talking Chop also provided some excellent coverage from their side of the deal: Shelby Miller comments on trade to BravesBraves trade Heyward to CardinalsHart talks Heyward trade, other...
Viva El Birdos Nov 18, 2014

Jason Heyward is not exactly what the Cardinals need, but he is close enough

Jason Heyward might not be the power bat that the Cardinals sought, but he is an incredible upgrade at right field. The price for one year of Heyward was high, in giving up Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins, but the Cardinals had pitching depth, but lacked a player with Heyward's star potential in the field. There is a tendency in analyzing trades to immediately figure out who won. Unless there is at least one top prospect, like Wil Myers, whichever team getting the better player "won" the trade. Therefore the Cardinals won the trade. Analysis goes a step further to look at the team that...
Viva El Birdos Nov 18, 2014

What is the impact of trading Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins to the Atlanta Braves for Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden on the St. Louis Cardinals roster and payroll?

The Cardinals' win-now trade increases payroll in 2015. The St. Louis Cardinals traded starting pitcher Shelby Miller and pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins to the Atlanta Braves on Monday in exchange for right fielder Jason Heyward and righthanded reliever Jordan Walden. Adding Heyward to the roster solidifies right field for the Cardinals in 2015, a position that was turned into a question mark after the death of 22-year-old outfielder Oscar Taveras, and acquiring Walden gives St. Louis a righthanded setup man to replace departing free agent Pat Neshek. Trading Miller away creates an...

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