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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
11 hours 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
1 day 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...
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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
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Looking back at the top 5 shortstops in the Cardinals organization

With my top 50 prospect list completed and my positional rankings about to heat up, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at my positional rankings from before the 2014 season. I will take a look at the predictions I made for each player and give an update on how the player performed throughout the 2014 season.Today I will look back at my shortstop rankings. Here is how I...
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Cardinals Confidential: Inside the Winter Meetings on FOX Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest takes fans behind the scenes with Senior Vice President and General Manager John Mozeliak and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball operations staff in Cardinals Confidential: Inside the Winter Meetings. The 30-minute special premieres Wednesday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Midwest. Host Jim Hayes plus a producer and photographer had access inside Cardinals...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
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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
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On The 5th 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...
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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.   
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Matheny's ability to habla en espanol has helped in a troubled Cardinals offseason

SAN DIEGO -- Mike Matheny appeared to be finished with his half-hour media session at the Winter Meetings in San Diego when one final microphone was placed on the table and someone asked two more questions. In Spanish. The Cardinals' manager looked a little uncertain about the prospect of being interviewed in Spanish by ESPN Deportes, which can be seen throughout the baseball-playing...
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3 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 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...
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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...
4 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
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Finding a spot for Matt Carpenter in the St. Louis Cardinals lineup

During the 2014 season, it became apparent that the favorite activity of Cardinals fans was to scrutinize the lineups that manager Mike Matheny would put out on a daily basis. It seemed like every gameday there would be tons of people taking to twitter to offer criticism of the manager’s choice for that day, while some would offer their ideal lineup. For the most part, I decided...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Reynolds Replaces A Missing Component

If you listened around St. Louis this afternoon after the Cardinals signed veteran bat Mark Reynolds to a one year deal, there wasn’t much optimism in the air. One would think the Cards just signed a guy to a long term deal and dumped a ton of money into him. Many are overthinking this smart [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
6 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 [...]
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Red Sox agree to terms with Justin Masterson

The Boston Red Sox weren’t kidding when they said they were going to add pitching this offseason. The Red Sox have an agreement in place with Justin Masterson, ESPN’s Buster Olney first reported Thursday. The free-agent right-hander received a contract offer — reported to be for one year — from Boston on Monday. The Texas Rangers also offered him a contract, while he drew...
7 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
8 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
9 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...
10 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.
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13 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,...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

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