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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Matheny: Spring training ‘priorities’ may look different this year | stltoday.com

“Efficiency” is the buzzword Matheny used Monday to describe the spring training work, and he said he and his staff “may go against the grain of what traditionally has been done — implementing different priorities.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 17, 2017 at 09:01 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mike matheny

Gordo: How many of Cards’ talented prospects will ever reach the majors? | Jeff Gordon | stltoday.com

Overall, the Cardinals nail player development. The organization scouts and teaches well. Matheny has fostered a prospect-friendly environment at the big league level, making certain that his veterans are welcoming and helpful.

This is the Cardinal Way. It’s not just a philosophy, it is a business model. By building and maintaining a self-renewing talent base, the Cardinals fill most needs internally without spending big money on free agents like Dexter Fowler.

They keep contending and keep making money. The Build-a-Player Workshop turns a nice profit year after year. Relatively low front-end investment often yields huge long-term returns.

But the process is inexact. Life intervenes. Injuries and slumps occur and frustration builds.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 17, 2017 at 09:00 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Gordo: Cardinals stockpiling trade chips for Mozeliak | Jeff Gordon | stltoday.com

The Cardinals aren’t dead yet.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2017 at 10:17 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Maness a trailblazer? New surgery for elbow repair cut recovery time

Maness is a week away from returning to the mound and expects to be ready for opening day, just 7½ months after surgery, because Dr. George Paletta performed a repair that could eventually prove to be an alternative to Tommy John surgery for select big-league pitchers. Until the St. Louis-based orthopedic surgeon saw inside Maness’ elbow, he wasn’t sure if Maness was a candidate to be the first established major-league pitcher to receive the new procedure, Paletta said.

Now, the doctor and his patient are eager to watch as Maness’ first time toeing the rubber could be, in their words, “a significant step forward” for the industry. Another doctor who performs the repair surgery, Dr. Jeffrey Dugas, said there is “cautious optimism.”

“It was a game-time decision,” said Maness, a free agent. “I’m going into it sort of expecting Tommy John and hoping for the other one. You go from looking at missing a whole season to possibly being back at the start of the year — that’s a big relief. When Dr. Paletta told me, it was like this little ray of light: There’s a chance.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 11, 2017 at 10:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, seth maness, tommy john surgery

Monday, January 09, 2017

(Not so) Big City slims down during Cardinals’ offseason | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Will “Big City” really need to be called “Small Town” next year?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt adams

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Where will we see Matt Adams in 2017? - Viva El Birdos

This guy should be playing every day for somebody.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2017 at 03:11 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, matt adams

Monday, December 26, 2016

Goold: With TV riches ahead, will Cardinals hike payroll in 2017? | Derrick Goold: Bird Land | stltoday.com

That brings us back to the beginning.

Encarnacion.

The tumult and consternation about the slugger has it wrong. The Cardinals, according to a source, had “mild” interest in him. A short-term, high-salary deal seemed most likely, if one was of interest at all. It became clear his market didn’t soften that much. The Cardinals don’t discuss specific free agents, so it’s only possible to speculate they didn’t see a fit, not for his glove or not for that commitment. They have the money to spend, can spend, should spend. It’s clear in this case, they didn’t have the want, not for this player or not for this player at that price.

Now, that’s worth exploring and debating.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2016 at 08:22 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Dexter Fowler’s $82.5M deal with the Cardinals shows free agency is alive and well

Buying wins at the free agent price isn’t the optimal use of resources. It’s not just about greed; it’s about smart business.

If this sounds easier than it is, well, yeah. Baseball is a remarkably trying game. A swing can disappear. The yips can attack. Guarantees vanish overnight. Elbows can blow (which makes pre-free agency pitching extensions a bit more tolerable). And yet part of the strength of the MLB Players Association is its members’ willingness to shutter those fears and chase something that benefits everyone. Low-ball deals do not. Contracts that buy out free agent years rarely do. Teams are using every last morsel of leverage to keep a player from going to free agency, because the less spent there, the more ownership gets to keep.

Passan highlighted the following passage on his Twitter account.

Closer Kenley Jansen is in the catbird’s seat, with a five-year deal worth at least $80 million on the table from the Miami Marlins, according to sources. Never mind the absolute folly of this, the notion that the Marlins can bullpen their way into contention with a starting staff as flimsy as theirs. It’s a losing strategy to begin with. So, too, is giving a relief pitcher five years, no matter Jansen’s six-year run of dominance. Most egregious of all, perhaps, is offering Jansen nearly the same deal they did Aroldis Chapman despite the draft pick they would forfeit for his 65 or so innings a year. It is the 13th overall pick in the June amateur draft, and teams around baseball value it at somewhere between $12 million and $15 million, according to sources. So, really, their offer for Jansen far exceeds what they proposed to Chapman, whom they preferred in the first place, which they shouldn’t even have done because mediocre teams don’t need $17 million-a-year closers. And this is why one executive said earlier this week: “I wish I could make money betting against the Marlins.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2016 at 09:22 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cba, dexter fowler, free agency, mlbpa

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Cardinals near deal with OF Dexter Fowler | MLB.com

Though the Cardinals did not make any transactions during their four-day stay at the Winter Meetings, it did not take long after their return to St. Louis for them to complete their pursuit of a new center fielder.

After a picture of Dexter Fowler boarding a flight from Las Vegas to St. Louis surfaced on social media, MLB.com confirmed through sources that Fowler was en route to St. Louis to undergo a physical on Friday. An agreement between the Cardinals and Fowler is already in place, though the club has not confirmed a deal. Frank Cusumano of KSDK Sports was first to report Fowler’s impending physical.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 10:01 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dexter fowler, free agents

Cards would have to leave comfort zone to land outfielder they desire | stltoday.com

Fowler only costs you money. Of course, if your goal is to better your defense, he’s not really a good fit.

There is a place where all negotiations try to go that forces each side to give or give up a little more than it wants, just enough that it stings. A deal happens when talks reach the point of pain.

The Cardinals may have to go past that.

“Oh, for sure,” general manager John Mozeliak said Wednesday after the final full but not fulfilling day at baseball’s winter meetings. “I feel there isn’t an award for being prudent, right? It’s if you can get a deal. A lot of times when you’re in the negotiations, whether it’s a trade or free agent, you’re typically going to have to step out of your comfort zone to get something done.”
...
They have met with representatives for free-agent outfielder Dexter Fowler. Fowler is considered the best available center fielder on the open market, and the price for him is hinted at by how much the Rockies spent on Desmond, who is a similar age without the sky-high on-base percentage. The Rockies advertised to Desmond a home at first base, though his acquisition could shake loose an outfielder the Cardinals have also explored as an option.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 08:55 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Acquiring athletic center fielder still a priority for Cardinals | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., said, “In the prior offseason, we went for a stronger bench, more depth and more power. And we got all that. But we sacrificed a little bit of athleticism and our defense wasn’t as good as it had been the year before.”

“Defensively, we took a step backwards,” admitted Mozeliak. And it wasn’t just the infield defense.

“If we do catch the ball better, we ultimately will pitch better,” said Mozeliak. “We put a lot of stress on our pitchers this past year. Our whole staff is defined by ground balls. It’s a pretty simple leap to say that if we play better defense, we’re going to win more games.”
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The list of center fielders for whom the Cardinals might look at trading is a lengthy one: Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain, who will be a free agent after next season; Arizona’s A.J. Pollock; Atlanta’s Ender Inciarte; Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon; Chicago White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton (who played mostly right field last year); Miami’s Marcell Ozuna and Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermaier, a two-time Gold Glover but not as good a hitter as any of the above.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 08:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Friday, December 02, 2016

Braves Acquire Jaime Garcia

Despite Garcia’s 2016 struggles, he’ll bring to the Braves a career 3.57 ERA with 7.3 K/9, 2.6 BB/9 and a 56.5 percent ground-ball rate in 896 innings as a Major Leaguer. Shoulder injuries have limited him throughout his career, and he missed time with a groin strain as well in 2016, but he’s averaged 151 innings in 2015-16 and made a total of 50 starts in that time.

salvomania Posted: December 02, 2016 at 02:52 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cardinals, jaime garcia

Monday, November 28, 2016

St. Louis Cardinals Rumors: Andrelton Simmons Should Be 2017 Short Stop | FOX Sports

Fanciful.

Can a deal be made to the Angels then?  I believe that a deal could be landed by offering Michael Wacha, Jaime Garcia, and Peralta and/or Matt Adams.  It might also take a sweetener like Luke Weaver.  Would Weaver be too much to ask?

While this might seem like too much to ask, it would not surprise me to see the Cardinals package Weaver plus some of these names to land Simmons and I would NOT mind that.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

If the White Sox Make Chris Sale is Available, the Cardinals Should Jump In - 101Sports.com

How many teams shouldn’t be inquiring about Sale? Not many.

If the Chicago White Sox are indeed willing to listen to offers for their outstanding lefty starter, Chris Sale, the Cardinals need to be on the other end of that conversation. I know the Cards like to talk about their depth at starting pitching, and the emergence of their top prospect Alex Reyes, and the return of Lance Lynn, and how they’ll have approximately 217 candidates to fill the five rotation spots — OK, a slight exaggeration. But here’s what St. Louis doesn’t have: a true “A” No. 1, a king of the hill, a top of the heap starter. I’m channeling Sinatra here, but you get the point.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2016 at 10:23 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, chris sale, white sox

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

BenFred: Add a shortstop? Makes no sense for Cardinals | Ben Frederickson | stltoday.com

“We’re going to require a strategy to allow (Diaz) to improve,” Mozeliak told reporters, including Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch. “If he does that, he could be average, to maybe a plus-defender at short who has an impact bat. We definitely would like to see that happen.”

That doesn’t sound like a general manager who is in the market for a starting shortstop. Why would he be?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: aledmys diaz, cardinals

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Goold: Changes to coaching staff, roster still ahead for Cardinals | Derrick Goold: Bird Land | stltoday.com

Derrick Goold covers some of the Cardinals 40-Man Roster decisions.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 05:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Friday, September 30, 2016

Molina’s walk-off 2B keeps Cards in WC hunt | MLB.com

It was a weird end. Watching the game, I agree with the umps. Price waited too long.

Molina stepped to the plate with two out and the potential winning run on first and ripped a ball to left field. It bounced off the warning track and hit a panel of signage beyond the wall before caroming back into play. A throw from left fielder Adam Duvall was too late to get Carpenter, who slid into home to initiate the celebration.

Statcast measures the exit velocity of Yadier Molina’s double and Matt Carpenter’s max speed as he scores the game-winning run

As the Cardinals carried that celebration into the dugout, the Reds remained on the field wanting to challenge that the ball should have been ruled dead—and Molina, therefore, awarded a ground-rule double—when it hit the signage. Reds manager Bryan Price waited too long before requesting a review, and the game officially ended.

“In this situation, Bryan Price did not come up on the top step,” crew chief Bill Miller told a pool reporter after the game. “We stayed there. I waited for my partners to come off the field. I looked into the dugout, the Cincinnati dugout, and Bryan Price made no eye contact with me whatsoever, and then after 30 seconds he finally realized, somebody must have told him what had happened, and we were walking off the field.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2016 at 07:04 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, reds

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak refects on 2016 | MLB.com

On how the organization intends to improve its defense before next season:

“Any time you identify something you want to address, whether it’s defense, power, the pitching, a lot of times it’s at what cost? And what I mean by that is, to get better defense, we may have to take a step back offensively. In terms of internal analysis that we do upstairs, that’s certainly an exercise we’re going to do. Then we’re going to decide what makes us look like a better club. But none of us is satisfied with 81 wins. So as we look to the offseason, we’ll certainly explore all the available options that we feel can help us improve.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2016 at 08:23 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, general managers, john mozeliak

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fans jeer as Cardinals suffer ‘embarrassing loss’ | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

And the fans, in a rare moment of pique, let the Cardinals hear about it, first booing and then erupting in a Bronx cheer when the final out of a seven-run fourth was recorded. They booed a little more later on and then many of them beat the traffic, with some of them at least leaving with a Grateful Dead T-shirt, a special theme night promotion.

Unfortunately, the memory of Jerry Garcia was of no more help than Jaime Garcia on Monday.

The paid crowd to witness the carnage was 34,942, snapping a string of 240 straight crowds here of over 40,000, dating to Sept. 24, 2013. Matheny said he noticed the reaction of the crowd and appeared to find little fault with it.

“None of us want to be booed,” he said. “But people put their hard-earned money into showing up here and that’s the freedom they have. We take it very seriously what kind of product we put out there and if it isn’t up to their standards, then it isn’t.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2016 at 09:44 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Monday, September 26, 2016

What can the Cardinals learn from the Cubs’ rise? - St Louis Cardinals- ESPN

Complete overhauls aren’t needed in St. Louis.

“Certainly they were looking at a way to arbitrage the draft and international markets,” he said. “They were able to do so without being overly concerned about how they finished for a couple years. I hear of teams doing it—and the Cubs aren’t the first to try this—but for us, I’ve always said St. Louis has been a place that demands winning. [Owner Bill] DeWitt Jr. and myself, we’re not ever looking at a season where we want to take a timeout or two and try to reshuffle the deck.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2016 at 06:25 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

3-team tie atop NL Wild Card | MLB.com

We could have a wild finish.

Tuesday’s Major League action saw the National League Wild Card race evened into a three-way tie between the Giants, Mets and Cardinals.

The trio has been trading places in the NL standings all month, with each club logging time in possession of a spot in the NL’s one-game playoff. But when the dust settled after Tuesday’s results, all three ended the day with an 80-71 record.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 21, 2016 at 06:35 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, mets, playoffs, wildcard

Monday, September 19, 2016

Goold: Cardinals running behind in wild-card race, on bases | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

This is silly. The Cardinals are 6th in runs scored in MLB. While it’s true a team should try to be great at every facet of the game, the Cardinals baserunning isn’t a real issue.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

The reasons why the St. Louis Cardinals are always contenders - St Louis Cardinals- ESPN

Although there is a lot of talk about their draft success. How much of that success, though, is really a superior development system?

Here’s how Mozeliak summed up the challenge of contending yearly with an eye on the long term:

“Every year presents new challenges, demands and expectations. Our goal has always been to look at this team with long-term lenses and try to understand how and what we need to do to remain competitive. Ownership provides us with resources to best manage our short- and long-term goals. Our success is based on traditional thinking with strong scouting and player development. We compliment it with modern business strategies and innovation.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 11:47 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Ortiz: Reyes’ father shares moment with his son | Jesus Ortiz | stltoday.com

I bet this is something a lot of us can identify with, even if we aren’t major league players.

“My dad has always given me support and always gone to my games since I was a little kid,” Reyes said. “It’s dedication. He wants to come see me pitch. I’m happy to have a father like that. He’s always out there looking for when I’m pitching and when I’m not. It was fun having him here today.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals

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