Friday, December 6, 2013
Today the Yankees lost Robinson Cano to the Mariners for a price of $240 million dollars for a timespan of ten years. Well the Yanks turned around and was able to sign Carlos Beltran for $45 million for three years. It looks like Beltran got what he wanted a three year contract for the New York Yankees. The Yanks are beefing up since losing Granderson and Cano. With Ellsbury, McCann and Beltran they could be back in contention. Beltran will probably see more time at DH instead of playing time at right field. With the Yanks signing Beltran the Cardinals will get a compensation pick between round one and two. With Beltran out this could be Oscar Tavares time to shine!
With all the complaints and angst the St. Louis Cardinals fans experienced while watching this years world series with McCarver's condescending banter comes some interesting news. With leaving his World Series broadcasting job for 34 years he actually did not retire from the broadcasting booth. Well word had got out that Tim McCarver and the St. Louis Cardinals have had discussions about being a part of the broadcast team. If he does become a part of the team it will only be for a limited role. It is believed that the reason for McCarver's possible return is due to Mike Shannon's reduced schedule for this upcoming season due to health issues. I wouldn't mind having McCarver in the mix. I know I have complained before about his style of broadcasting before but lets not forget he spent ten years with the Carrdinals as one of there best defensive catchers in the 1960's. I guess we will find out soon the outcome of this story.
source: Dan Ceasar St.Louis Post Dispatch
Thursday, December 5, 2013
With his noticeable absence throughout the year due to Tommy John surgery, Rafael Furcal was able to find a job right away. The Miami Marlins decided to sign Furcal to a one year deal worth $3.5mill a year. It is reported that the $3.5mil is full of incentives. I certainly wish Furcal a lot of success with the Marlins in 2014.
Monday, December 2, 2013
The Cardinals decided to part ways with John Axford as they decline him an offer for the 2014 season. Axford was expected to make $5.7 Million in arbitration. He is a little too expensive since the Cardinals has a lot of young pitchers to fill in. It is also reported that Jon Jay, Peter Bourjus and Daniel Descalso have contracts and are ready to go for 2014.
Friday, November 29, 2013
The St. Louis Cardinals are once again in 2014 offering exclusive travel packages through Cardinals Vacations that allow fans to experience Spring Training in Jupiter, Florida, and new this year, Orlando.
Packages include hard-to-get game tickets, choice of hotel accommodations, car rental, exclusive Cardinals post-game dinner with manager Mike Matheny and select Cardinals players and team personnel, custom Cardinals merchandise and more.
Spring Training fan experiences are a great way for fans to get an early jump on the season, enjoy some great weather, and see the Cardinals play in a ballpark and city that have become a March destination. Fans can choose from a variety of travel packages including:
· Three “Grand Slam” packages, which include the exclusive post-game dinner with manager Mike Matheny and select Cardinals players and team personnel, will be held February 28-March 2, March 7-9 and March 20-22, 2014.
· The ever-popular “Spring Training for Cardinals Seniors” package returns for 2014. This 5 night/4 game package, March 6-11, 2014 OR 7 night/5 games March 4-11, 2014 is fully escorted, and includes airfare between St. Louis and Fort Lauderdale along with motor coach transportation throughout the trip.
· New for 2014 is the Magical Cardinals Weekend in Orlando, March 13-16, 2014. Bring the family for a magical weekend of Cardinals baseball during the day and visit your favorite theme park at night!
Fans can confirm their Spring Training reservations today with one call or click. For more information and to make reservations, visit cardinals.com/springtravel or call 1-800-892-7687.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
The day after trading David Freese to the Angels for Peter Bourjos the Cardinals finally add a shortstop they have been needing for a long time. The short stop carousel stops with Jhonny Peralta. The last time we had a short stop for more than four years was Edgar Renteria in which he spent six years with the Cardinals from 1999-2004. This morning the Cardinals and Peralta agreed to a four year contract worth $52 million. With a history of PED usage both sides seem to move forward with the issue that has already been dealt with by being suspended for 50 games during the 2013 season. With Peralta now our official short stop we will now see Matt Carpenter at third base and Kolten Wong at second base. Peralta a natural short stop can also play third base and outfield. He was selected as an All-Star short stop in 2013 and 2011. Despite having a fifty day suspension, Jhonny was able to hit 11HRs, 55RBIs, .303BA AVG, .358OBP and .457SLG. At this time Peralta needs to pass a physical before the deal is acknowledge by the Cardinals. I do like the signing of Peralta, he hits right handed and able to drive in runs. Has good range defensively and his errors have gone down in the past three years.
Friday, November 22, 2013
This afternoon the Cardinals finally pulled the trigger to trade David Freese, Fernando Salas for Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk. With having a down year the Cardinals plus other problems in the mix the powers that be decided to move Freese in order to move Matt Carpenter to his natural position of thirdbase and ease Kolten Wong to secondbase. With Bourjus in the mix he will see majority of his time in centerfield. This means the Jon Jay will probably end up as a bench player. Bourjus defensive skills are compared to Jim Edmunds. He is able to cover a lot of ground and has an exceptional defensive glove. He is a speed merchant. With this in mind he would fit well in the top of the batting order as a number two hitter. The righthanded-hitting center fielder, who was a target of interest for the Cardinals. Bourjos was only limited to 55 games last season by injury. Peter Bourjos hit .274 with a .333 on-base percentage and a .710 OPS. We will also have control over Bourjus for the next three years. The only down side on Bourjos is his batting He had 1,136 MLB plate appearances while batting a .251 with a .306 onbase percentage and a .398 slugging percentage and has an OPS+ of 98. Which means he's been a slightly below -average big-league hitter. Bourjos hasn't done much against lefthanded pitching, putting together a slash line of .256 / .301 / .405 in 301 plate appearances vs. lefts. And he's also coming off the wrist surgery. I imagine things could get better in this department for him.
I was also surprise to see the Cardinals being able to get Randal Grichuk in this deal. Grichuk a former #1 pick was taken 24th overall by the Angels in 2009. Grichuk is known as a free swinger but his discipline at plate is a challenge. He also has a lot of power. Grichuk hit 22 homers with 27 doubles in 500 at-bats in Class AA last season. He had an overall .474 slugging percentage, but pounded LH pitching for a .524 SLG. In a analysis I found on Grichuk by John Sickels is quite interesting. Here is his thoughts on the slugger, "Given his age, work ethic, and the fact that the Cardinals emphasize strike zone judgment, I'd have to assume that working on his approach at the plate will be a primary goal in 2014. Grichuk doesn't have to turn into a walk machine, but even slight improvements with his strike zone judgment will go a long way, getting him better pitches to hit and express his power against. He should begin '14 in Triple-A."
I give the Cardinals a slight edge on this trade. With youth you could never go wrong. Bourjus has a bright future with the Cardinals and will become a fan favorite due to his hustle in the outfield and on the bases.
The David Freese trade watch is back on! Today Ken Rosenthal reported that the Cardinals and the Angels are talking about trading David Freese to the Angels. The Angels have a glaring need at third base. This could be Freese's chance to reunite with his old friend Albert Pujols. It sure looks obvious that the Cardinals are trying to move Freese to open up more money to help the Cardinals to afford some of the big name free agents. So who would the Cardinals may get in return? The report has the Cardinals and looking for outfield help instead of a shortstop. The player they would have their eyes on is Peter Bourjos. The scoop on Bourjos is that he has the type of speed that covers all of the outfield. He also has an above average glove and can hit but his offense is off and on. One problem for him is that his at bats are at minimum, doesn't get a lot of playing time at all. He would fit well with the Cardinals. A change of scenery could very well boost Bourjos into a fulltime centerfielder for him. I have a feeling that Cardinal Nation may not be too happy about this, seeing there favorite MVP of the 2006 World Series Champions. Would Freese turn in his love for Imo's pizza for an In N Out Burger in California, we will see.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
The teams ace finally makes a decision to retire. He has spent nine years with the Cardinals in which he was selected to the All-Star team three times and became a Cy Young Winner in 2005. The Cardinals would love to bring Carpenter back to work in the organization in some type of capacity. Chris was definitely highly regarded as a leader from Miller and Wacha. His insights could very well be an important factor for the 2014 team. With fifteen years in Major League Baseball Carp has the a total of 144 wins and 94 loses which gives him an overall ERA of 3.76. Carp has made a home here as one of St. Louis's favorite sons. As you walk into the sunset of your life in baseball the sun will always shine on you even in darkness- Joe McBrayer
Today Mike Matheny agrees to a extension for three more years as the St. Louis Cardinals Manager. No numbers in regards to how much his contract might be as of yet. Mike is known as a players manager that was able to bring out the best in his players in which he did in 2013. Matheny came in fourth as Manager of the Year. He has also accomplished a record of 185-139 during his first two years as Manager. Glad to have you back Matheny.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
First it was the Yankees that were asking the Cardinals about David Freese and now the Marlins are considering David Freese as a solution at third base. The Marlins may use St. Charles native Jacob Turner or Logan Morrison as trading chips but probably not for Freese. The Marlins are also looking at Mark Trumbo. If there is a prospect they should inquire about in a player in return would the Marlins parts with there third baseman at Colin Moran a A level player with the Greensboro Grasshoppers? Moran is a big, strong left-handed hitting third baseman. He's an advanced hitter who should hit for average and shouldn't take too much time for his bat to be big-league ready. How much power he grows into remains to be seen, but he's been a solid run producer throughout his college career. He should be able to stay at the hot corner defensively, even if he's not a Gold Glove caliber third baseman. He's hoping to follow in his uncle B.J. Surhoff's footsteps to the big leagues.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
When it comes to St. Louis traditions only one comes to mind. Summer time St. Louis Cardinals home games and Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. After each game win or lose people come in droves to Ted Drewes for the best frozen custard in the Midwest. I should know! During my teen years in St. Louis this was the place to go to cool down and talk Cardinals baseball if they won or not. Well I am happy to report that Ted Drewes will be adding another location at......Ballpark Village!! What a way to bring in the business to the Village. I just hope it won't take away the business from the Chippewa location. There are also two more businesses to join the Village, Drunken Fish and Howl at the Moon. They will round out all the stores that will be located at Ballpark Village. If you didn't know Howl at the Moon is a dueling piano bar and Drunken Fish is a sushi restaurant and bar. The existing business that already there at Ballpark Village are Budweiser Brew House, a 20,000-square-foot restaurant and beer garden; Cardinals Nation, a 30,000-square-foot Cardinals-themed restaurant, Cardinals Hall of Fame museum and 320 rooftop seats; and PBR Cowboy Bar equipped with a mechanical bull. I have a feeling the fans will love the fact that Ted Drewes will be across the street from Busch Stadium.
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