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Blake Newberry

Fitting the Pieces Together

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The Cardinals have taken care of their business. Now they can be opportunistic.

Normally, the day after a big signing, I would take the time to do a deep dive on the new player but I’ve already done that. I’ve been breaking down pitching targets all off-season and the St. Louis Cardinals finally signed a player that I’ve already covered. So instead of doing a full breakdown I’m instead going to do more of a stream of consciousness piece on Sonny...

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Addition of Sonny Gray makes Cardinals starting rotation even older

The St. Louis Cardinals starting rotation just got even older.

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Sonny Gray Was the Signing the Cardinals Needed To Make

There was no question that the St. Louis Cardinals needed starting pitching this winter. They were linked to just about every top arm on the market heading into the offseason – Aaron Nola, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Blake Snell, Sonny Gray, etc.

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J. P. Hill

Cardinals Finalizing Deal with FA SP Sonny Gray

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The Cardinals complete their rotation for 2024 by adding another veteran arm.

The Cardinals returned from the Thanksgiving holiday continuing the work they began before the holiday.

Early Monday morning Jon Heyman reported that the Cardinals were expected to finalize a deal with free agent starting pitcher Sonny Gray today. That was confirmed by multiple outlets. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic provided the contract details.

Free-agent RHP Sonny...

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How good on offense does Pedro Pages need to be?

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If we assume he is truly elite on defense, that is

When I wrote about Ivan Herrera last week, essentially making the case for him when nobody is really arguing against him, there was an outside but not likely chance that Herrera was traded for a starting pitching upgrade. I’d venture to say the chances of that happening are pretty close to 0% now that two pitchers have been acquired. They don’t really need to trade Herrera to get that last...

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The Cardinals can’t miss with their next move for starting pitching

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The Cardinals have already checked two items off their offseason to-do list. Early in the week, they signed Lance Lynn and Kyle Gibson to one-year deals.

Like many Cardinals fans, I don’t think these are necessarily bad moves, but they aren’t the moves I was hoping for, or the moves that the Cardinals needed to make. In my opinion, they should have chosen between Lynn and Gibson and set their sights on two front-end starters.

Instead, they...

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J. P. Hill

Saturday SOC: Budget & Payroll Update

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A payroll update and its ramification on what’s next for the Cardinals.

Good Saturday morning, Viva El Birdos!

I hope you had a pleasant time with family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday. And that you survived the insanity of Black Friday, if that’s your jam, with all your limbs and teeth intact.

I’m back today to give you a brief update on the Cardinals’ projected payroll and their current roster plus a little...

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Cardinals Linked to KBO Closer Woo-Suk Go

According to various sources, the St. Louis Cardinals have shown interest in the LG Twins closer Woo-Suk Go from the KBO. The Cards have some big holes on their roster, and pitching is the most glaring need.

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J. P. Hill

Friday Open Thread

You know what to do.

Happy Friday from the mother-in-laws.

Wherever you are, post like a champion.

The day is yours.

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Kyle Gibson is a boring and fine signing

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But also, the signing doesn’t make sense unless the Cardinals have more of a plan than it appears

I don’t want to talk about Kyle Gibson. If I were to write about the free agent starting pitchers like Blake has done over this offseason, Kyle Gibson might be the last pitcher I talk about. A part of me was bummed that I didn’t get to write about Lance Lynn, though I wouldn’t have done as comprehensive a job as Blake, because Lynn is interesting. There...

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Kyle Gibson and Lance Lynn Aren’t Enough for a Cardinals Team Hoping To Contend

A disastrous 2023 campaign for the St. Louis Cardinals ended with a fifth-place finish in the NL Central. For the Cards, this was the first time they finished last in their division since all the way back in 1988.

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J. P. Hill

VEB Podcast: The Cardinals Sign Lynn & Gibson


The Cardinals have added two pitchers!

The whole site is DOOM!’ing (yes, the ‘ing goes after the exclamation point.)

And the writing team is podcasting!

Adam and Blake joined me last night for an emergency edition of the VEB podcast. We wanted to get some thorough content out to you before you head out on your Thanksgiving travels! Hopefully, this episode will add some umph to your Thanksgiving Hot Stove arguments. (Try explaining the difference between K/9 and K% to...

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Five Potential Trade Landing Spots for Tyler Glasnow

While there’s hope from pitching-needy teams that former Cy Young Award winners Shane Bieber and Corbin Burnes will be made available via trade this offseason, perhaps the most likely frontline starter to be dealt is Tyler Glasnow.

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Cardinals Sign 2 Veterans to Kick Off Free Agency

The St. Louis Cardinals have a lot of work to do this off-season, and they’ve been active in the early going. The team agreed to one year contracts with Lance Lynn and Kyle Gibson.

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J. P. Hill

Cardinals Acquire Veteran Starter Kyle Gibson

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We will update the article with news as it continues to unfold.

According to multiple reports, the Cardinals have reached an agreement with free agent starter, Kyle Gibson.

Free agent starter Kyle Gibson has now reached a contract agreement with the St. Louis Cardinals

— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 21, 2023

Gibson is a 36-year-old right-handed starter who made 33 starts and provided 192 innings worth 2.6 fWAR for...

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Cardinals act quickly to address rotation but still have room for a top starter

The Cardinals have aggressively pursued rotation help this offseason, already making a pair of additions. But neither is an ace, leaving questions about whether the team will be in on the big name pitchers still available.

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Blake Newberry

Breaking Down Offseason Targets - Lance Lynn

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Hopefully the righty’s second stint with the Cardinals will be just as good as his first.

Lance Lynn? Lance Lynn!!!! Why are the St. Louis Cardinals signing a batting practice pitcher for $11 million! I guess if Stubby Clapp’s arm needs a break then you gotta do what you gotta do.

These are all thoughts that went through my brain immediately after the Cardinals first major acquisition of the winter was announced.

Suffice it so say that I was not a...

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Cardinals hire former infielder as bench coach

The Cardinals announced Monday that they’ve hired former infielder Daniel Descalso as their new bench coach.

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Cardinals bring back familiar face with first signing of offseason

After finishing 2023 with a 71-91 record, the St. Louis Cardinals enter the offseason with many question marks but none are bigger than their pitching staff. 

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The St. Louis Cardinals have signed Lance Lynn

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Hmmm that name sounds familiar.

Hey! The St. Louis Cardinals have done a thing! According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, they have signed former Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers pitcher — and member of the 2011 World Series Champion Cardinals — Lance Lynn to a deal worth around $10 million.

Right-hander Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals are in agreement on a one-year contract with a club option that...

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