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Blake Newberry

The Cardinals Can Afford To Be Patient

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The Cardinals are in the position of being a solid overall team, yet a team that needs to improve in order to be a true World Series contender. They are likely in good position to make the postseason in 2020 with their current roster, but they need improvements if they want anything more than that. Nonetheless, with an already good lineup and decent depth accompanied by a self-imposed budget limit, it appears that it will be challenging for the Cardinals to...

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What We Learned at the Winter Meetings

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Four things that the Winter Meetings showed us and how they impact the Cardinals.

The Winter Meetings are officially over and what a week it was for baseball. After two quiet meetings in 2018-2019, MLB officials were pushing to make the annual gathering more of a spectacle. Several of the biggest spenders in the game complied, committing over $800 million to Scott Boras clients alone.

As expected, the Cardinals were not among the active teams....

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The Winter Meetings Were Awesome... Eventually

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I went to the winter meetings. I was worried it would be all about the economics of the game. What follows is a rambling description of how my worries were unfounded.

It rained in San Diego this past Sunday. It never rains in Southern California; I’ve been told that several times on good authority. And yet there I was, crammed into the indoor part of a bar with twenty other baseball people, watching the rain pour down and ruin perfectly good outdoor...

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Conner Capel is Growing with the Cardinals

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To reflect back on July 31, 2018, Cardinals fans will think of it as the day the team traded Tommy Pham to the Rays in a deal that is still hard to get behind more than a year later. On the same day, in a move that (in a sense, due to roster capacity) stemmed off the Pham trade, St. Louis sent Oscar Mercado to the Indians for prospects. One of those prospects is Conner Capel, and he has really settled in to his new organization.

Capel is...

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Real Talk: Who Can the Cardinals Actually Acquire This Winter?

Oct 3, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson (31) follows through on a swing for a solo home run during the eighth inning in game one of the 2019 NLDS playoff baseball series against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports — — — ... [Read more]

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John LaRue

A Modern Look at the Drew-Wainwright Trade on its Sixteenth Anniversary

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Sixteen years ago today, the Cardinals and Braves completed a blockbuster trade. How does it look using modern analysis?

Today marks the 16th anniversary of one of the biggest Cardinal trades in the 21st century. On December 13th, 2003, general manager Walt Jocketty brokered a deal with the Braves. Jocketty’s squad was imposing at the plate in 2003 and was all set for similar production in the coming season, but had glaring holes in the bullpen,...

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Cards Lose Two and Pick Three in Minor League Portion of the Rule 5 Draft

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Today being the last day of the Winter Meetings, the Rule 5 draft was the last order of business. Most of you know what the Rule 5 draft is, but in case there are some that are fuzzy on the details, there is currently a Major League phase of the draft and a “AAA” or Minor League phase. There used to be a “AA” phase, but that was abolished a couple of years ago. In general, to be eligible for selection in the Rule 5 draft, the current draft must be...

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Michael Wacha is a Met - A Hunt and Peck

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It was likely when the 2019 season ended that it would be Michael Wacha’s final for the St. Louis Cardinals. While we cannot rule out a reunion in the distant future, that likelihood grew further to the truth on Wednesday as Wacha and the New York Mets agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Mets. The Mets will pay Wacha at least $3 million and up to $7 million with incentives.

It is weird to Wacha accepting a bounce-back deal, is it not?...

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In search of pitching, Cardinals reportedly interested in left-hander Dallas Keuchel

The St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly looking into signing free-agent left-hander Dallas Keuchel. Jon Morosi and Jon Heyman of MLB Network shared this report on Twitter Thursday. In need of starting pitching help, this inquiry makes a ton of sense for the Cardinals. What’s not yet known is Keuchel’s market at this time. Likely, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner would come at a cheaper price tag than some of the other top pitchers still on the market due to his mediocre 2019 season....

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Cardinals reportedly interested in Hyun-Jin Ryu

The Cardinals are another club with interest in veteran lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu, according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi (via Twitter). Ryu is among the top remaining pitching options on the open market. We’ve heard the St. Louis organization tied to starters here and there, but it’s not yet fully clear how dedicated a pursuit will occur. The club already brought back Adam Wainwright but also saw Michael Wacha depart via free agency. Ryu is said to be seeking the security of a three- or four-year...

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2020 Payroll and Spending Trends

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Cardinals payroll is already over $160M but the club insists it will add payroll for the right opportunity.

The Winter Meetings are drawing to a close. As of this article’s posting deadline, lots of money was spent on a handful of players, most of them pitchers. Stephen Strasburg predictably returned to the Nationals. Scott Boras had not one, but two mystery teams in on Gerrit Cole and the agent’s media patsies...

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Free Agent Spotlight: Dallas Keuchel, Wade Miley

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Two soft-tossing lefties for two very different expected contracts

The free agent market sure is moving fast. Of the top 20 free agents by MLBTR, thirteen have already signed a contract (though to be fair, two of those accepted qualifying offers). The top four? All gone. Not that the Cardinals were ever in the market for them, but the elite tier is gone and the elite with flaws is the highest tier of free agents right now.

Today though, I’ll be...

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The Cardinals did not acquire Nomar Mazara - A Hunt and Peck

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The White Sox were able to swing a deal with the Rangers.

It has been reported throughout the offseason that the St. Louis Cardinals are looking for left-handed bats. The rumor about the Texas Rangers looking to deal Nomar Mazara seemed to line up nicely with that goal. There were several reports, in fact, that put the Cardinals in the mix to acquire the young outfielder.

They did not, though. Mazara was traded to the White Sox in exchange...

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Mets reportedly closing in on one-year deal with free-agent pitcher Michael Wacha

The Mets are “working hard to finalize” a contract with right-hander Michael Wacha, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post (via Twitter). If completed, it would be a one-year deal, Sherman says. If this deal is wrapped up, Wacha would presumably round out the New York starting five. He would also become the latest client of CAA — the former outfit of Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen — to join the Mets organization. It’s interesting to see Wacha heading in on a bounce-back deal as...

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Will Ted Simmons get a statue or a retired number?

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Now that he’s a Hall of Famer, will the Cardinals bestow upon the great catcher one of their more sacred honors?

We learned this week that Ted Simmons has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Modern Era committee. And while induction into Cooperstown is generally considered the pinnacle of all honors, for former Cardinals, there are two distinctions even more rare.

Will Ted Simmons have his number retired or a statue...

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Braves reportedly interested in Marcell Ozuna if Josh Donaldson signs elsewhere

The Braves are interested in free-agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna, according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com. This isn’t the first connection between the sides, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported last month that the Braves were one of the clubs in on Ozuna.  Now, though, it seems the Braves are willing to aggressively pursue the 29-year-old qualifying offer recipient. In the event third baseman Josh Donaldson leaves Atlanta for another team, the Braves would regard Ozuna...

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Some Cardinals Winter Meetings content - A Hunt and Peck

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Winter Meetings are upon us as John Mozeliak and Mike Girsch travel to San Diego to try to wheel and deal. Or at least go to the zoo or something.

Here is what we know from sources at the Winter Meetings...

The Winter Meetings have started.

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Stephen Strasburg has signed and not with the Cardinals

Strasburg and...

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Blake Newberry

Might Adam Wainwright Pitch Out of the Bullpen in 2020?

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Since the Cardinals resigned veteran hurler Adam Wainwright very early in the offseason, it has been widely expected that the right-hander will join Jack Flaherty, Miles Mikolas, and Dakota Hudson in the 2020 St. Louis rotation. If this is the case, it leaves just one spot available. Nonetheless, this possible scenario should not preclude the Cardinals from shopping the starting pitching market, nor should it hinder the team from promoting promising arms from...

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Cardinals looking for outfielders, left-handed hitting

The Cardinals weren’t one of the league’s better-hitting teams in general last season, and in particular struggled against right-handed pitching. For that reason, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak told reporters (including MLB.com’s Anne Rogers and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold) that “if we could find a way to get a little more lefthanded, we would be encouraged to do that.  So, I think people feel that they’re a little too lefthanded [in their lineup]...

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Carlos Martínez hopes to be a starter in 2020 - A Hunt and Peck

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Whether starting or relieving, since his debut in 2013 Carlos Martínez has been a valuable pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. Per Baseball Reference the value is quantified in the amount of 14.3 rWAR during that time. A bulk of that value has come as a starter — an expected result as he has amassed over 712 innings in that role as opposed to just over 152 as reliever.

And there-in lies the problem with Carlos...

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