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CARDINALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

On The 9th Day Of Cardinals Crapmas

Cardinals fans, bless their hearts, are easy marks for the retail snipers of BIG BUSINESS. They know you know it’s hard to go wrong with a Cardinals themed gift for a friend, co-worker or loved one. So they make literally anything you could ever buy into a ‘great gift for Cardinals fans’ and it’s in your shopping cart before you even realized what you’ve done. These are...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #11: Losing 2/5 of the Rotation

Before June 22nd, no one could have guessed that 12 different pitchers would end up starting games for the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals. Six of the starters would be called into service the rest of the way, in response to the shockwaves that followed the events of that day in late June. That was an especially bad time for the club, with subsequent moves that altered the club’s direction...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

If Adams hits lefties, the Cardinals have an everyday first baseman

ST. LOUIS -- Batting left-handed is not a mandatory requirement for starting at first base in the National League. It only seems that way. Twelve of the 15 clubs list a lefty hitter as their primary first baseman on mlb.com's depth charts and two others, the Nationals and Marlins, started a lefty at the position in 2014. That leaves Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt, the league's premier...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jay-OK: Jon Jay’s success in 2014

Following a disappointing 2013 that included a dismal postseason, Jon Jay was the whipping boy of many Cardinal fans. The front office recognized a need to improve in center field, and as such, they acquired Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for David Freese and Fernando Salas. Bourjos received every opportunity to lay claim to the center...
Via Cardinals Farm
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Sierra, Gonzales named Cardinals' top minor leaguers of 2014

ST. LOUIS -- Magneuris Sierra and Marco Gonzales represent different ends of the scouting and development spectrum for the St. Louis Cardinals. Sierra is an 18-year-old outfielder who came up through the Cardinals Dominican Academy. Gonzales is a 22-year-old polished left-hander who reached the majors just more than a year after being a first-round pick out of Gonzaga in 2013. But...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Announce 2014 Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year

OUTFIELDER MAGNEURIS SIERRA & LEFTY MARCO GONZALES EARN ACCOLADES ST. LOUIS, Mo., December 18, 2014 – The St. Louis Cardinals today announced the recipients of the team’s 2014 Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year awards with outfielder Magneuris Sierra and left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales taking the honors.  The Cardinals first began awarding their Minor [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
3 days ago  |  Discuss

A 2015 guide to the St. Louis Cardinals farm system

This was one of my first posts for CardinalsFarm way back in February of 2013 and I thought it would be a great time to bring it back for 2015 since my readership has increased tremendously.The Cardinals have built one of the best minor league systems in Major League Baseball. Several of the top prospects have the ability to be stars at the highest level. Did you know that the idea...
Via Cardinals Farm
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Four ex-Cardinals find it pays to have worn the Birds on the Bat

ST. LOUIS -- It sure pays to play for the Cardinals. You get the big home crowds, your travel is reasonable without any coast-to-coast trips and those annual playoff-share checks make a nice bonus at the end of the year. And then, when it's time to become an ex-Cardinal, you reap more dividends just for being part of such a winning club. At least that's how it's worked out for four...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Post Winter-Meetings Outlook: St. Louis Cardinals

Much like it’s counterpart in the American League, the NL Central promises to be one of the most competitive divisions in all of baseball this year. The St. Louis Cardinals are the reigning division champs, and they will have their eyes set on the pennant again in 2015 after adding Jason Heyward to man right field, and righty Jordan Walden to lock down the eighth inning in the...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

5 possible sleepers in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system for 2015

Every year it seems like a couple of Cardinals minor leaguers appear out of nowhere around mid-season and start to shoot up the prospect rankings. In 2014 it was Rowan Wick or Magneuris Sierra or Nick Petree. These are names that some people have heard of, but the majority of Cardinals fans don’t know.Now, my definition of sleeper is probably much different from your definition...
Via Cardinals Farm
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Confidential: Inside The Winter Meetings

FOX Sports Midwest takes fans behind the scenes with Sr. Vice President and General Manager John Mozeliak and the Cardinals baseball operations staff in Cardinals Confidential: Inside the Winter Meetings.  The 30-minute special premieres Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Midwest.  Host Jim Hayes and a FOX Sports Midwest producer and [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #180: Trevor Rosenthal | RP | STL

Unlike other positions, where players are scrutinized and ranked with the utmost care, relief pitchers tend to be plopped into groups of players with similar value. In general, the groups (or tiers) are based off how many strengths pitchers have in one of three general areas: Saves/Holds ERA/WHIP Strikeouts Relievers that perform well in all three are elite (Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

New Cub Jason Motte has something to say to Cardinals Nation

ST. LOUIS -- Even as a member of the Cubs, it will be hard for Cardinals fans to root against Jason Motte.  The former Cardinals closer is leaving St. Louis for a one-year, $4.5 million deal with Chicago, but right-hander made sure to show his appreciation on the way out for the only organization he's ever known since being drafted in the 19th round in 2003.   
Via Fox Sports Midwest
5 days ago  |  Discuss

John Lackey Selling Huge 13-Room Fort Worth Mansion For $2.9M (Photos)

John Lackey is saying goodbye to the Lone Star State. The St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and Texas native is selling his spacious and rustic mansion in Fort Worth, Texas, for $2.9 million, according to Realtor.com. The massive 10,000 square-foot-home sits on more than an acre of land and boasts five bedrooms to go along with five bathrooms and two and a half...
Via NESN.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

St Louis Cardinals: new NL central competition?

The St. Louis Cardinals won the NL Central last season, narrowly edging out the Pirates after the Brewers led most of the year before collapsing. The Reds and Cubs did not provide very much competition, but we know the Cubs made a huge splash signing Jon Lester this offseason. Does that mean the Cubs are the Cardinals new toughest competition? Let’s break it down: The Cubs’ rotation...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

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. Last November, the St. Louis Cardinals made a major trade with the Los Angeles Angels. Dealing away 2011 World Series hero David Freese was hard for many fans to take. Others focused on the promise of biggest...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Sign Infielder Mark Reynolds To One-Year Deal

Veteran infielder hit 22 home runs last season and has 224 for his career ST. LOUIS, Mo., December 11, 2014 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today they have signed infielder Mark Reynolds to a one-year contract. Reynolds, 31, has played in 1,118 games over his eight-year Major League career with five different teams, most [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
9 days ago  |  Discuss

TCN Blog 2014 Top Story #16: Carpenter’s Cardinals Commitment

Matt Carpenter may be one of baseball’s lowest-profile stars, but after signing a six-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals this past spring, he will have plenty of time to raise awareness. Having turned 29 years of age the day before Thanksgiving, Carpenter was a bit of a late bloomer. The five-year college player at TCU after Tommy John surgery was drafted by St. Louis...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Masterson drawing interest in free agency

The Clevealnd Indians lost interest in Justin Masterson, especially as his on-field performance shrunk in 2014. He was eventually traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for a prospect. We’ll see what the free agency market yields in the way of dollars, but right now there are at least two teams interested in Masterson that have made offers. It’s being reported that both Masterson’s...
Via Waiting For Next Year
12 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: changes this off season

The St. Louis Cardinals continue to make lots of minor changes this off season. The first change they made was trading for right fielder Jason Heyward and pitcher Jordan Walden. After the death of Oscar Taveras the Cardinals were in need of a right fielder. Heyward more than fills the void at that position. That was the key spot that the Cardinals had to fill this off season. All...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

In remembrance of sports columnist Bryan Burwell

I would not profess to say I knew Bryan Burwell for a long period of time at all. In reality, it has now become fact that I only knew him..... The post Remembering Bryan Burwell For The Man He Was And Will Always Be appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
16 days ago  |  Discuss

John Lackey’s 2015 MLB Minimum Contract Could Be Reworked By Cardinals

This embed is invalid" /> ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals have John Lackey at a bargain price next season, but they might be willing to sweeten the deal. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Wednesday he’d meet with Lackey’s agent at the Major League Baseball winter meetings next week in San Diego. “I wouldn’t rule anything out there,...
Via NESN.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss
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