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Viva El Birdos 38 mins ago
The Cardinals did more things - A Hunt and Peck

The Cardinals did more things - A Hunt and Peck

More decisions are being made. A month ago, the Cardinals has made some decisions, revealing a little bit about what the team’s offseason plans may be. Since then, they have done more things. Here is the latest Cardinals hot stove news: Signings: The Cardinals have signed left-handed reliever Brett Cecil for four years and $7.5 million AAV. The team also signed a minor league deal with infielder Wilfredo Tovar Releases: Brayan Peña, GREAT PERSON AND HUMAN BEING, has sadly been released. Peña had a disappointing and injury-riddled season with the Birdos, amassing only fourteen...
Viva El Birdos 1 hour ago
Examining John Gant, Chris Ellis, and Luke Dykstra

Examining John Gant, Chris Ellis, and Luke Dykstra

Breaking down the three prospects the Cardinals added to their organization after shipping Jaime Garcia off to the Braves. On Thursday evening, the Cardinals shipped lefty Jaime Garcia to the Braves for a trio of prospects: right-handed pitchers John Gant and Chris Ellis and infielder Luke Dykstra. Eliis and Gant now rank as the 24th and 27th Cardinals prospects, respectively, on MLB.com. Of the three, Gant, a 24-year-old, is the only one with big-league experience, as he logged 50 innings across 20 games (seven starts) with the Braves in 2016, during which he posted an ERA of 4.86. Over...
Viva El Birdos 2 hours ago
MLB Winter Meetings: Cardinals still looking at center fielder options

MLB Winter Meetings: Cardinals still looking at center fielder options

After a quiet first day at the Winter Meetings, I expect John Mozeliak to ramp up conversations with fellow general managers as he continues the search for an “athletic center fielder.” According to a timely update from Derrick Goold, in addition to free agent Dexter Fowler, “the Cardinals have also kept tabs on possible trade options such as Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain and the White Sox’s Adam Eaton.” Let’s take a look at these three options as well as eight other potential fits as the stove begins to heat up. Free Agents Dexter Fowler The switch-hitting leadoff hitter for the...
Viva El Birdos 4 hours ago
The meaning of Matt Holliday in New York

The meaning of Matt Holliday in New York

Cardinals, we love you but you’re bringing us down. As the Winter Meetings get underway, news broke late yesterday afternoon that Matt Holliday has signed a one-year contract with the New York Yankees worth $13 million. Before the end of the 2016 season, the writing was on the wall that it was very unlikely that Holliday would be back with the Cardinals for 2017. The club announced at the tail-end of September that they would not be picking up his $17 million option, and once the offseason hit its stride there was virtually no talk of an amended contract between the two sides. Holliday...
Viva El Birdos 6 hours ago
Cardinals news and notes: Holliday, Maness, and Garcia

Cardinals news and notes: Holliday, Maness, and Garcia

We are still processing recent moves, so catch up before the Winter Meetings possibly blow everything so far away. On Saturday evening, longtime Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday signed a one-year, $13 million contract with the New York Yankees. It is the second time in recent years that an aging Cardinals corner outfielder headed to New York, after Carlos Beltran following 2013. The news was hardly surprising; the final weekend of the Cardinals’ season against the Pittsburgh Pirates was as much a victory lap for their veteran outfielder as it was a critical series in a playoff race....
The Cardinal Nation 23 hours ago

Another View to Make the Cardinals Competitive for 2017

There are multiple paths the St. Louis Cardinals could take to try to close the gap with the Chicago Cubs. Some are more dramatic and risky than others.
Viva El Birdos Dec 4, 2016
System Sundays: A Closer Look at Luke Dykstra, New Cardinal Farmhand

System Sundays: A Closer Look at Luke Dykstra, New Cardinal Farmhand

Digging into one of the Cards’ trade acquisitions. The Cardinals made their first big trade of the offseason a few days ago, sending Jaime Garcia and Jaime Garcia’s Pontiac Fiero of an arm off to Atlanta in exchange for three very middling sorts of prospects. I’m not going to go into great depth about the two pitchers here; I believe the lovely and talented Josey Curtis is planning a deep dive of her own, so I’ll stay in my own lane. Short version: I like John Gant, more than a lot of evaluators do, and I don’t think a whole lot of Chris Ellis. I do, however, find the third...
Viva El Birdos Dec 3, 2016
The Jaime Garcia trade opens up the door for Alex Reyes

The Jaime Garcia trade opens up the door for Alex Reyes

The Cards still have a lot of options to choose from after dealing Jaime, but I know what I'd like to see The Jaime Garcia era is over in St. Louis. I’ll certainly miss the ridiculous whiffle ball-like action that Jaime’s arsenal possessed. But while yesterday’s coverage here at VEB centered on looking back at Garcia’s tenure with the Cardinals, today we’ll look forward. With the Cardinals taking eight MLB-ready options into an offseason which featured a pitching-starved free market, someone was bound to be moved. Trading Jaime was the safe move, the future-oriented move. The...
Viva El Birdos Dec 3, 2016
Cardinals news and notes: Maness and Garcia depart

Cardinals news and notes: Maness and Garcia depart

The departure of Seth Maness to go with Thursday’s Jaime Garcia trade changes the dynamics of Cardinals pitching going forward. On Friday afternoon, in a fairly unsurprising move, the Cardinals announced that reliever Seth Maness would not be tendered a contract for next season, making Maness a free agent. Over the last four seasons, Seth Maness appeared in 244 games, second in that time only to Trevor Rosenthal. After being worth 1.6 Baseball Reference Wins Above Replacement during his 2013 rookie season, with a 2.32 ERA and 3.44 fielding-independent pitching in 62 innings, he posted yet...
Viva El Birdos Dec 2, 2016
Facebook Live Episode 18: More Trade Possibilities

Facebook Live Episode 18: More Trade Possibilities

I answered your questions in a chat I once again took to Facebook to answer your question in a live video chat. Topics Include: The new CBA and how it could affect the Cardinals Cardinals penalties for spending too much internationally Cardinals penalties for hacking Andrew McCutchen rumors Jaime Garcia and the trade and the prospects from the trade Harrison Bader as a prospect and his future with the Cardinals or as a trade chip Luke Weaver as a trade chip Potentially acquiring J.D. Martinez Potential center field trade targets Carson Kelly and the Cardinals backup catcher...
Viva El Birdos Dec 2, 2016
Jaime Garcia has been traded, but the memories live on - A Hunt and Peck

Jaime Garcia has been traded, but the memories live on - A Hunt and Peck

Who writes your name in letters of smoke among the stars of the south? Oh let me remember you as you were before you existed. Jaime Garcia was somewhat of a polarizing player in Cardinals fandom. To some he was a "headcase", to others he was a master of his craft, turning pitching into a form of artistry, the movement graceful, like that of a painter stroking a canvas. To other others, he was meticulously groomed eye-candy. There were no shortage of opinions on Jaime, or as he was affectionately called in these parts "Hotme", but through all those opinions there were memories made, and with...
Viva El Birdos Dec 2, 2016
Jaime Garcia’s place in Cardinals history

Jaime Garcia’s place in Cardinals history

Although never the staff’s ace, Jaime Garcia built a strong legacy with the Cardinals. Yesterday, the St. Louis Cardinals traded Jaime Garcia, whose $12 million club option for 2017 had been exercised last month, to the Atlanta Braves, in exchange for prospects Chris Ellis, John Gant, and Luke Dykstra. The trade made sense for all involved. The Cardinals had a preponderance of starting pitching at their disposal, and after a mediocre 2016 season, the organization appears to have been rightfully unenthusiastic about moving forward with Garcia when a rotation spot could be filled by a...
Viva El Birdos Dec 2, 2016
Cardinals news and notes: Garcia, books, trades

Cardinals news and notes: Garcia, books, trades

Jaime Garcia will be missed. Plus, news and notes. As you most certainly heard (and Craig Edwards touched on it here), yesterday afternoon the Cardinals shipped Jaime Garcia to the Braves for a couple of mid-level prospects. Even with a career riddled with injuries, Garcia was a very valuable pitcher for the Cardinals dating back to 2010, a span in which only Adam Wainwright pitched more innings and was worth more wins per fWAR than Garcia. Garcia was dealt a tough hand from whatever force allocates injuries across the league, but when he was on few were better. He’ll most certainly be...
Viva El Birdos Dec 1, 2016
Cardinals Trade Jaime Garcia to Braves

Cardinals Trade Jaime Garcia to Braves

One of the more likely moves of the offseason has come to fruition Jaime Garcia didn’t have the best year in St. Louis for the Cardinals, but the team picked up his very reasonable $12 million option for next year. Many presumed the option was picked up due to the barren free agent market for starting pitchers that it would be to trade Garcia. That has now happened as Mark Saxon at ESPN was the first to report that Jaime Garcia has been traded to the Atlanta Braves. The return on the deal includes John Gant, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. Gant was the Braves 22nd best prospect, per...
Viva El Birdos Dec 1, 2016
How the new CBA affects the Cardinals

How the new CBA affects the Cardinals

A new deal is in place for next year. How will the changes affect the Cardinals. As you probably know, the players and owners reached an agreement which will keep baseball as we know it going for another five years. After much talk, the agreement looks very much like the one that has been in play the past five seasons. There are a few changes, a few which could affect the Cardinals going forward. Qualifying Offer System The offer system is unchanged, but what happens after that is different, per AP: Under the new rules, a player can receive a qualifying offer only once in his career and...
The Cardinal Nation Dec 1, 2016

One Big Rea$on Why Carson Kelly Should Open 2017 in the Minors

Other than obvious experiential benefits, the St. Louis Cardinals have financial incentive to delay the permanent arrival of catcher Carson Kelly.
Viva El Birdos Dec 1, 2016
Carlos Martínez works hard for the money - A Hunt and Peck

Carlos Martínez works hard for the money - A Hunt and Peck

Your weekly Tsunamy update... It is the baseball offseason, but that does not mean our favorite Dominican-born fowl-monikered righty is slacking off. Currently he is hard at work getting ready for 2017 so the Cardinals should totally sign him to an extension just sayin’. #workout #cerograsatime #usssss #workinghard #anotherday @cardinals be ready for the next season @rm_circuit_training A photo posted by Carlos Martinez (@tsunamy0327) on Nov 23, 2016 at 4:37pm PST what else is going on in baseball... MLB owners, players agree to new labor deal | MLB.com Labor peace...
Viva El Birdos Dec 1, 2016
We need another book about the ‘80s Cardinals

We need another book about the ‘80s Cardinals

You write it. I’ll read it. No professional sport in this country has such an extensive history as baseball. Dig long enough and you’ll find untapped subject matter worth chronicling. Add in the recent rise of analytics and you get an ever-evolving study of the game. The result is a universe with the number of good books on baseball too large to count. On Episode 980 of the essential Effectively Wild podcast, hosts Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller (along with guest Andy McCullough) “drafted” a few of their favorites. (You can find a complete Amazon list of all of the drafted books...
Viva El Birdos Dec 1, 2016
Considering Randal Grichuk for Michael Conforto

Considering Randal Grichuk for Michael Conforto

Do the Cardinals and Mets match up on a trade of young outfielders? Last night, we learned that the league and its players union finally agreed to a new five-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Okay, “finally” is not a fair word to use considering a deal was reached prior to a strike taking place (there hasn’t been one for 22 years), but for much of the last week, the idea that “both sides are still very far apart” seemed to dominate national baseball writers’ headlines, so baseball fans everywhere are appreciative that a resolution was ultimately reached prior to the...
Viva El Birdos Dec 1, 2016
The Cardinals News and Notes: Mozeliak, Turner, Cuban Cardinals

The Cardinals News and Notes: Mozeliak, Turner, Cuban Cardinals

Yesterday’s VEB Here’s everything you missed at VEB yesterday: 2017 Draft Preview No. 1: The Origin Issue: The Red Baron’s first preview for next year’s draft. The Mozeliak era’s mediocre free agent signings: A history of the free agents the Cardinals have signed under Mozeliak’s leadership. Justin Turner, anyone? Your daily Hunt and Peck, centered around the rumors of the Cardinals being interested (and not interested) in Justin Turner. A brief history of Cuban Cardinals: Another interesting chapter of Cardinals history from John.

Cardinals Player News

  • Brett Cecil

    Brett Cecil

    The Cardinals did more things - A Hunt and Peck

  • Tyler Lyons

    Tyler Lyons

    The Cardinals made a smart off-brand purchase in Brett Cecil

  • Lance Lynn

    Lance Lynn

    Re-visiting the potential of a Chris Sale trade

  • Carson Kelly

    Carson Kelly

    Facebook Live Episode 18: More Trade Possibilities

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