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Viva El Birdos 16 hours ago

What is the St. Louis Cardinals' interest in free agent starter Jon Lester?

This rumor has legs. A week ago, Jim Bowden of ESPN tweeted that the St. Louis Cardinals had expressed interest in free agent starting pitcher Jon Lester. The rumor was hard to believe. Inquiring about a top-shelf free agent pitcher would be out of character for the Cardinals. Sure, there were the rumors about A.J. Burnett way back when he was testing the free-agent waters after leaving the Marlins, as well as Jason Schmidt, and, before those two top-of-the-line starters, there was Mike Hampton. But the Cards have not been willing to give free agents the years or money to sign with St....
Viva El Birdos 20 hours ago

Filling the St. Louis Cardinals rotation: Carlos Martinez or Marco Gonzales

With Shelby Miller now in Atlanta and the signing of Jon Lester highly unlikely given reported contract offers from both the Red Sox and the Cubs, it is safe to say that the last spot in the rotation will belong to either Carlos Martinez or Marco Gonzales. Let's take a closer look. Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey, and Michael Wacha will likely fill the first four spots of the 2015 Cardinals rotation. After sending Shelby Miller (and Tyrell Jenkins) to Atlanta for Jason Heyward (and Jordan Walden), a rotation spot opened, and all signs point toward a spring training competition...
The Cardinal Nation 20 hours ago

Cardinals Hot Stove Show Returns to FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest’s weekly off-season St. Louis Cardinals programs begin on Wednesday, November 26.
Viva El Birdos 20 hours ago

A Short and Probably Dumb Hypothetical About the Cardinals and Red Sox

There's a reason the Hot Stove is also called the silly season, and it's because of things just like this. A funny things happened over the past couple days. Not funny haha, you understand, but funny strange. Funny as in, "Huh. That seems really weird. I wonder what they're thinking over there?" The funny thing that happened is the Boston Red Sox went out and signed possibly the two biggest free-agent names on the position side of things in Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. Now, a big market club signing a big name free agent isn't exactly news; or, well, it is news, but not news news....
Viva El Birdos Nov 25, 2014

St. Louis Cardinals highlights: Watch Jason Heyward make a sensational diving catch

It's winter, but that doesn't mean we can't watch baseball, if only for a few moments. The St. Louis Cardinals did not play today. There were no MLB games today because it's November. But this doesn't mean that we can't enjoy watching baseball, ever if only via little snippets. Tonight, we can do so via this fun video that Joe shared on Twitter. It's of new Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward (as a member of the Braves) making a sensational diving catch. The highlight doesn't stop there, though, as it also gives us a look at MLBAM's new tracking technology. I can't wait for the...
Viva El Birdos Nov 25, 2014

Hunt and Peck: Happy birthday to The Man!

Baseball's perfect knight. November 21 marked the ninety-fourth anniversary of Stan Musial's birth. This day in 2014 also marked the opening of the Stan Musial exhibit in BallPark Village. Here is what some people had to say: The @Cardinals late, great Stan Musial was born on this date in 1920. He's 4th all-time with 3,630 hits: 1,815 at home, 1,815 on the road. — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 21, 2014 Today would have been Stan Musial's 94th birthday. Happy Birthday, #StanTheMan! pic.twitter.com/v3nCMHsyKb — St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) November 21, 2014 ...
Viva El Birdos Nov 25, 2014

Future Redbirds Season Review - State College Spikes (SS-A)

This is the third post in a multi-part series reviewing the clubs that make up the Cardinals farm system in 2014. You can find the posts for the rookie leagues here and here State College Spikes New York-Penn League Champions Record: 48-28 Three Year Park Factor: 101 (Neutral) Player of the Year: Rowan Wick, 21, RF PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA K% BB% 141 .378 .475 .815 .566 24.1 14.2 Wick only spent half the season with the Spikes, but he put up absolute cartoon numbers while he was there, posting a very Bondsian line over 141 PA's: .475 OBP, .437 ISO, and 14 homers.  He struggled upon...
The Cardinal Nation Nov 25, 2014

How did the Cardinals Fare with Kantrovitz as Top Scout?

Responding to reader comments about the state of the St. Louis Cardinals system related to Dan Kantrovitz’ three drafts as scouting director.
Viva El Birdos Nov 25, 2014

Baseball Hall of Fame ballots released

The 2015 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballots have been released. There are a few players with Cardinals connections making their first appearance on the ballot along with several prominent holdovers. The Baseball Hall of Fame has revealed the ballot for 2015, to be voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America. There are 34 candidates, split evenly between newly eligible players and holdovers from last year's vote. The new candidates include some players bound to get a ton of support. The new candidates on the ballot include Cy Young Award winners like Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and...
Viva El Birdos Nov 25, 2014

The 2014 Cardinals: A less interesting contender

One preseason preview called the Cardinals "the most interesting contender" because of a unique batted ball profile. So did they live up to that billing? (Hint: No.) Just before Opening Day, Tony Blengino at Fangraphs wrote a preview of the 2014 Cardinals that caught my eye, calling the team "the most interesting contender." Every team seemingly has multiple high-K, low-BB, go-for-the-pump pull hitters in its lineup... There is, contrary to popular belief, more than one way to build a productive offense, and the Cards have done so by minimizing negative events like K's, popups and weak...
Viva El Birdos Nov 24, 2014

BREAKING: St. Louis Cardinals Director of Scouting Dan Kantrovitz hired by Oakland Athletics

BREAKING NEWS: Cardinals Director of Scouting Dan Kantrovitz has been named the new Assistant General Manager of the Oakland Athletics, replacing Farhan Zaidi. In 2001, Kantrovitz was drafted in the 25th round by the Cardinals out of Brown University. Depending on how you look at it, his playing career fortunately or unfortunately did not last very long and he entered into a role in the Cardinals front office. From 2004 to 2008, Kantrovitz was the Assistant Scouting Director and the Director of College Scouting. During this stint, he helped create the Cardinals' computer system,...
Viva El Birdos Nov 24, 2014

Randal Grichuk's role in 2015 after the Jason Heyward trade

Randal Grichuk ended 2015 as the starting rightfielder for the Cardinals. He showed solid outfield defense and pop with his bat, but is not yet a complete player. The Jason Heyward trade puts him on the bench in the majors, but his development might be better served in the minors. Randal Grichuk has taken no at bats since singling in the top of the ninth in Game of the National League Championship Series against the Giants yet his potential role keeps changing. At the start of the offseason he was set to fight for a starting role in right field. After the tragic death of Oscar Taveras,...
Viva El Birdos Nov 24, 2014

As the tender deadline approaches, a look at the St. Louis Cardinals 40-man roster matrix

How have the Cardinals' recent moves impacted the organization's 40-man roster as the deadline to tender salary arbitration approaches? After the St. Louis Cardinals traded Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins to the Atlanta Braves last week in exchange for Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden, I took a look at how the deal impacted the Cardinals' 2015 payroll and 25-man roster. In trying to put together the 25-man roster matrix, it became evident that there are quite a few question marks regarding the Cards' 2015 opening-day roster. So, with the tender deadline for arbitration-eligible players on...
Viva El Birdos Nov 24, 2014

Baseball talk with Harry Pavlidis, director of technology at Baseball Prospectus and founder of Pitch Info

Harry Pavlidis gives his thoughts on PITCHF/x, the Cardinals pitching staff, the value of Yadier Molina, and the Chicago Cubs going forward. As loyal members of the Viva El Birdos community already know, the majority of the VEB writing staff enjoys delving into the wonderful information available at BrooksBaseball.net. Prior to becoming an editor for VEB, BrooksBaseball was probably my most visited baseball site as PITCHF/x data fascinates me, and it has not changed over the last eleven months. Well, as the website URL suggests, Dan Brooks is the founder of the site, but he is not...
Viva El Birdos Nov 23, 2014

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...

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