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  1. Cardinals agree to terms of deal. With Augusto Candelalia out since April, we have tried out a trio of SS with varying degrees of success. Adding Rendon will move Espinoza back to SS and bolster a struggling offense. Losing Alek Thomas stings as we see him as an OF with upside but he ranks ~#5 among our OF specs so worth rolling the dice.
  2. Cardinals agree to deal. Fingers crossed Longoria regards Seattle as enough of a title contender to accept deal - as if the Cardinals offer a better chance.
  3. Picking up Jansen presents us with a credible closer option that we believe is better than 2019's closer (Austin Adams). The move allows Adams & Osuna to slot into stopper / setup roles with outside shot of Osuna moving into rotation. Gilmartin presents Matheny & Co with a switch-hitting MLB Pro option capable of moving all over the infield and is , presently, penciled in at the big league level for 2020 to back up Espinoza & Ced. Douglas exceeded all expectations in his time in St Louis. Signed as a relatively medicore MiLB FA in ~2012, he developed into a valuable asset for the Cardinals especially v LHP and can play pretty much everywhere with exception of CF & C. We will miss him but believe we have comparable options in the system and available in FA. Worth the price to acquire a prominent bullpen arm.
  4. Cardinals roll the dice on moving a viable #5 SP. We had hoped for more from Parker in his time in STL and that he would have outperformed 2019 expectations and opted out for 2020. His injury set him back however and we preferred internal options for our #5 SP this coming season. Martin will compete for a role in our 2020 bullpen and we like Griffin's ceiling and intangibles and hope he can continue his progression, arriving in St Louis in 2-3 years.
  5. Cardinals agree. While parting with Longoria is such sweet sorrow, we expedited his departure a year ahead of plan in order to avoid a precipitous dropoff in his age-34 season and potential for a negligible return. Our aim was to acquire a young, cost-controlled heir apparent on the left side of the infield and Candelaria fits the bill. He will open the year at SS with Espinoza shifting to 3b. Comer will enter ST in competition for the 5th SP role along with Dukes & Parker. Ramirez adds to an already deep bullpen. Hardy is a wild card and could be in STL by 2021 along with SS/OF Randall Walker, joining an OF of Yelich/Puig/Maley. Mack is a lottery ticket and, fingers crossed, hopefully gets over his character issues as we like switch-hitting capabilities to go along with versatility in both the OF and IF. Thanks to Soze for the patience along with all the other interested parties who waited out the trade process over the last couple of weeks.
  6. STL sends: P Andrew Bellatti (AAA) DH Santiago Mateo (AAA) PHI sends: 2b Odubel Herrera (ML) We were looking for a lefty bat that could fill in at 2b and SS and Herrera has been in our sights for some time now. No big sacrifice in what it took to get him. He will likely provide day off here & there for Espinoza & Ced while adding some late inning speed to our bench.
  7. St Louis sends: 1b Alex Dickerson (MLB) Boston sends: P Jeriome Hill (MLB) Cardinals management views Ronald Guzman as a superior option at 1b heading into 2019 Spring Training and didn't foresee having a role for Dickerson this year. In return, St Louis reacquires SP spec Jeriome Hill. He will likely be a long shot for the 2019 Cardinals rotation, however he may be a bullpen option this season. 2020 looks to be a more natural spot for him to challenge for a spot in the rotation.
  8. St. Louis agrees. We were facing a logjam at 1b and moving Prince provides us with some wiggle room heading into 2019 while clearing $48m from our books. McCann fills a need for a platoon/insurance option for our catcher of the future in Gilliam. Spec Randall Walker provides us with a legitimate MLB Pro-capable regular at SS or CF within the next couple years. Krehbiel will likely compete for a utility IF role in 2019.
  9. Cardinals agree to terms. Moving Upton this off-season is a top priority and a close runner up to fielding Longoria offers. In exchange, we get a top of rotation SP in Potter, thoroughly exceeding our expectations heading into offseason and our quest to add a RH SP. Assuming his return from injury is without setback, we anticipate a SP #1-4 of Kershaw/ Leblanc/ Potter / Smith over the next 4-5 years and am pretty happy going into any battle with that projected 1-4. Lueke will be back from his injury by ST and provides another credible pen asset. Tim Murphy could be a diamond in rough at only 19 and his versatility could play well as he progresses through our system.
  10. Following a disappointing 2018, we continue to hold on to the belief that we will be players in the 2019 playoff discussion. However, we can't deny the fact that a strategy of outslugging the rest of the NL Central did not play out in our favor. Therefore, we are intent on shaking things up at both the MLB Pro level and within our minor league system this offseason. On the Block: (seeking mid-tier specs in return) P Antonio Cruz (26 yr old) - former 1st round draft pick, back end LH SP or wipe out caliber stuff as LOOGY, 1.34 WHIP, 193 K in 238 career IP RP Casey Mulligan (31) - under team control through 2020, above average RH out of the pen, can close but also one of higher-end setup guys in MLB Pro, 3.81 FIP over 366 appearances, hits triple digits on the gun RP Cesar Aguilar (26) - stable MR/set up RH under guaranteed contract through 2020 for $3m total, no room in pen for him this year and out of options Seeking: Specs - 1) SP / RP
  11. STL bullpen has struggled all year, hoping Montgomery can help shore things up a little bit down the stretch and we agree.
  12. Stl agrees. A simple roll of the dice and we take on salary of a Thames for hope of a walkoff win or two down the stretch to get us closer to a division title.
  13. Cards agree to deal, going all-in in attempt to recapture its May mojo in acquiring 2017 Silver Slugger recipient (280/371/565 in 2017) Prince Fielder. Fielder provides the Cardinals with its first impact bat at 1b since Lance Berkman as making his case for MVP way back in 2012. STL 1b had produced a measly .608 OPS thus far so something had to give. With Yelich playing every day again, Rutherford due back in two weeks and Jay Bruce looking at a Sept 1 return date, mgmt believes its everyday lineup has the ability to return to its perch among the NL's best. Baltimore kicked in $1m to cover some of his salary while on the DL and AAA OF Aaron Altherr was never going to be an option in the Cardinals outfield this season or into the future.
  14. Stl agrees. With Lollis due back from injury later this month, Rubby has fulfilled expectations in his 2nd go-around as a Card (provide for a seviceable #5 sp innings eater). Silverio will likely serve as a 4th OF platoon option until Bruce and Yelich return.