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Viva El Birdos 59 mins ago

Kolten Wong must improve approach with two strikes in 2016 (and beyond)

All things considered, Kolten Wong had a solid, but not spectacular second full season with the St. Louis Cardinals. Offensively, the 25-year-old second baseman put up first-half numbers (.280/.343/.434, 114 wRC+) worthy of All-Star Game consideration. Unfortunately, Wong's production fell off considerably after the All-Star break, and this is likely due to a combination of fatigue associated with a 162-game MLB season and opposing pitchers making progressive adjustments against his strengths. Despite being just over 1,100 plate appearances into his MLB career, Wong is already known for...
Viva El Birdos 2 hours ago

Draft compensation and the Cardinals' approach in free agency

How might qualifying offers and the potential of losing a first round draft pick affect the Cardinals' approach in free agency? In recent years, the Cardinals have been one of the best teams at acquiring and developing young talent through the draft. They have done especially well with their first round picks, as recent first-rounders like Shelby Miller, Kolten Wong, Michael Wacha, Stephen Piscotty, and Marco Gonzales have all made an impact at the Major League level. Depending on the Cardinals' approach in free agency, they could have as many as three picks before the second round in next...
Viva El Birdos Nov 29, 2015

A Brief Look at Kenta Maeda

A scouting report on Japan's potential next pitching export, Kenta Maeda. The 2016 starting pitcher free agent market might be getting a new entrant in the relatively near future. Kenta Maeda, of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of NPB, has officially requested he be posted for major league teams to bid on. If he is, in fact, posted, Maeda would join one of the most crowded pitching markets in recent memory, which would seem to bode ill for his potential earning power. Or perhaps not; there are certainly going to be clubs that miss out on the big names and may be looking to take a chance on a...
The Cardinal Nation Nov 28, 2015

TCN’s 2016 Cardinals Top 40 Prospect Countdown Begins Monday, 11/30

Our combined vote to select our top prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system is back for an 11th year.
Viva El Birdos Nov 28, 2015

The Cardinals' competition for David Price

According to reports, the Cardinals are one of the top contenders for David Price. Here is a look at the teams they will be competing against to sign him. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Cardinals are one of the top contenders for David Price. This is not that much of a surprise, since the Cardinals have shown previous interest in Price and now have an opening in their rotation with the loss of Lance Lynn. But the Cardinals will have some formidable competition in the Price sweepstakes. Rosenthal also listed the Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, and Red Sox as the other top contenders for Price. This...
Viva El Birdos Nov 27, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from the Cardinals! - A Hunt and Peck

And congrats to the Carpenters! Happy Thanksgiving! Here's to a clean plate and a side of Cardinals baseball. pic.twitter.com/I9xE66TGUa — St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) November 26, 2015 Happy Thanksgiving everybody! My family is so grateful to be able to have a great meal today. Send us a pic of your meal #showmeyourfeasts — Adam Wainwright (@UncleCharlie50) November 26, 2015 Happy thanksgiving Hope y'all have a great day with friends and family! — Randal Grichuk (@RGrich15) November 26, 2015 Happy thanksgiving everyone, have a safe day! Cherish...
Viva El Birdos Nov 27, 2015

Cardinals Rumors: David Price, Ben Zobrist, Jason Heyward

The Cardinals appear to be very active in Hot Stove action this winter. Two years ago, the Cardinals' major need was a starting shortstop, and they signed Jhonny Peralta before Thanksgiving. One year ago at this time, they had already identified and traded for a starting right fielder and bullpen help in Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden. With their shopping completed before Black Friday, the Cardinals avoided the rush of moves following Thanksgiving and into the winter meetings. This year will be different. The Cardinals need a bat, and they might need a pitcher, and in the early going, they...
Viva El Birdos Nov 26, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

The Holidays are officially upon us again. No, not the Hollidays; the Holidays. You know what? Never mind. This could go all Abbott and Costello real quick. I remember last Thanksgiving, I was sitting right here at my kitchen island, drinking bourbon and listening to a Charlie Pride record, cooking something or other, and preparing to write a holiday post for Viva El Birdos. Well, here we are, a year older but no wiser, really, and without an exciting new Jason Heyward (or even the exciting Jason Heyward we already had), over which to hyperventilate, and on a Thanksgiving morning baseball...
The Cardinal Nation Nov 26, 2015

Matt Adams and The Hammer

Similarity between two slugging first basemen 20 years apart was predicted by a scout five years ago.
Viva El Birdos Nov 25, 2015

Cardinals have arbitration decisions on Brandon Moss, Steve Cishek, Peter Bourjos

The deadline for the Cardinals to offer contracts to their arbitration-eligible players is next week and the team has a few decisions to make. In a relative manner of speaking, Major League Baseball is filled with princes and paupers. Players with more than six years of service time are eligible for free agency and they take the largest chunk of the pie when it comes to player salaries. On the lower end of the salary scale, MLB has the younger set, the players with less than three years of service time. These players have their salaries unilaterally decided by their team, usually at or near...
Viva El Birdos Nov 25, 2015

I am thankful for Carlos Martinez - A Hunt and Peck

Tsunamy Thursday is coming to you a day early! Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the States, so Hunt and Peck will be taking the day off. This would mean no Tsunamy Thursday, however, which is something I just cannot in good conscious allow. So I am doing what any reasonable person would do and am bringing you your weekly Carlos Martinez update a day earlier! Enjoy! Getting my body optimized and ready for 2016 #usssss @repostapp @cardinals preparando la resistencia de mi cuerpo pal 2016 A photo posted by Carlos Martinez (@tsunamy0327) on Nov 9, 2015 at 10:28am PST what else is...
Viva El Birdos Nov 25, 2015

Some General Thoughts on the Cardinals' Farm System

A working list of prospects to consider for ranking, and some generalities about the system in toto. It's nearly Thanksgiving, and the Cardinals not only have not finished their offseason shopping the way they have the past two years, but they have yet to even begin. I have to say, there was something very nice about the club having pretty much all their moves finished up by the time the turkey came out of the oven. Sadly, this year it looks like we're going to have to wait for the Winter Meetings, like a bunch of shnooks, like a bunch of assholes, like every other fanbase in the world,...
Viva El Birdos Nov 25, 2015

The Cardinals free agent spending spree of 1999/2000

With talk of the team adding "significant payroll" this offseason, it's worth looking back at another time they upgraded by opening DeWallet. When Bill DeWitt Friends purchased the Cardinals in 1995, the team's payroll was in the bottom third of the league, and the results had been likewise middling. The new regime made some high-profile acquisitions, most notably TLR and Mark McGwire. But aside from a 1996 Division Title, the team remained well out of the playoff race and many fans complained the new ownership was still unwilling to spend the money needed to build a contender. That...
Viva El Birdos Nov 24, 2015

John Lackey with no shortage of suitors in free agency

John Lackey had a solid year with the Cardinals last season, and as a free agent, he is drawing a lot of interest. John Lackey had a very good season with the Cardinals, leading the team in innings pitched, and even received a fifth place vote for the Cy Young award the season. Lackey was playing on a $500,000 contract, but made closer to $2 million after the Cardinalsoffered him incentives based on innings pitched. After the season, the Cardinals put to bed any rumors that there was a "handshake deal" not to make a qualifying offer to Lackey. The Cardinals made the $15.8 million qualifying...
The Cardinal Nation Nov 24, 2015

Cardinals Hot Stove Show Returns on FOX Sports Midwest

Cardinals Hot Stove returns to FOX Sports Midwest on Wednesday, Nov. 25
Viva El Birdos Nov 23, 2015

Lou Brock: I can still beat Yadi - A Hunt and Peck

Get well soon, Lou! Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Hall of Famer Lou Brock was in good spirits Thursday in a local rehabilitation center after losing part of his left leg. Brock is feeling so well, in fact, he claimed he could still beat Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina in a foot race. The all-time National League leader in stolen bases at 938, even joked that he would be able to outrun a certain Cardinals Gold Glove catcher (Yadier Molina) whose speed is not one of his several strong points. His eyes twinkling, Brock said, "You can print this. I think I can beat...
Viva El Birdos Nov 23, 2015

On Lou Brock, diabetes, and the need for improved education on the condition

As reported by Rick Hummel for STLToday.com, back on October 27th, St. Louis Cardinals legend Lou Brock was forced into a decision that is becoming an all-too-common practice in the field of medicine. Brock, who was first diagnosed with type II diabetes roughly 16 years ago, had his left leg—an integral part of his Hall of Fame career (938 career stolen bases)—amputated below the knee, a necessary step in preventing a potentially life-threatening infection from spreading throughout his body. Why couldn't doctors have treated Brock with an extensive course of antibiotics in hopes of...
Viva El Birdos Nov 23, 2015

Do the Cardinals need Chris Davis?

The Cardinals are reportedly interested in free agent first baseman Chris Davis. How much of an improvement would he be over the team's in-house options? I thought I'd start off today's article with a blind stat comparison. Here are the 2016 Steamer projections for three players relevant to the Cardinals. PA AVG OBP SLG BB% K% ISO wRC+ fWAR Player A 630 .236 .329 .466 11.1% 31.4% .230 116 2.4 Player B 459 .240 .322 .445 9.7% 26.8% .205 110 1.0 Player C 445 .270 .316 .459 6.0% 21.2% .189 111 1.5 As you probably guessed based on the title of this article, player A is free agent...
Viva El Birdos Nov 22, 2015

The Final Tally for The Arizona Fall League

With the Arizona Fall League season complete, we take a look at the Cardinals' representatives' performances. The Arizona Fall League, minor league baseball's finishing school of record, crowned the 2016 champions yesterday, as the Surprise Saguaros (the club featuring Cardinals prospects, among others), was defeated by the Scottsdale Scorpions. Which makes sense; scorpions are poisonous and have nasty claws, and while a saguaro (a type of cactus), certainly has defensive abilities in the form of spikes, it lacks mobility, starts every turn with a -4 penalty to dexterity, and scorpion...
The Cardinal Nation Nov 21, 2015

Grichuk Makes Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team

Randal Grichuk of the St. Louis Cardinals is one of the three outfielders included among the 12-man Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team for 2015.

Cardinals Player News

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    Lance Lynn

    The Cardinals' competition for David Price

  • Matt Holliday

    Matt Holliday

    The last time the Cardinals spent big on a free agent outfielder

  • Jhonny Peralta

    Jhonny Peralta

    Cardinals Rumors: David Price, Ben Zobrist, Jason Heyward

  • Steve Cishek

    Steve Cishek

    Boston Red Sox free agency rumors: Interest in reliever Steve Cishek if he's non-tendered by Cardinals?

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