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  1. St. Louis agrees. We have always liked Cooper and view him as a #2 caliber SP at Mlb level. We save $35m guaranteed over next two years on a SP entering his age-33 season so happy to get a good return back before things go south (see Wainwright, Cruzado). Kershaw took a scouting hit with latest update so imperative was there to move ASAP.
  2. Cardinals confirm this deal. With Augusto returning at SS, Espinoza moves back to 3b and Rendon was not going to have a starting role in 2021. Getting Gilbert adds to SP options in 2022 and he could play role in the pen as early as this year. Perez will likely open up season in STL as bench bat, addressing some dramatic platoon splits we were likely to face without making this deal.
  3. C John Gilliam OF/1b Jason Morgan OF Yasiel Puig RP Kenley Jansen SP Dan Dukes SP/RP Dan Allen
  4. St Louis agrees. We had looked to improvement our lineup this offseason and view Hernandez as one of the best OF options in the league. While tough to part with Yelich after seven seasons, we had to move him or Puig in the deal. Looking at Hernandez's history, we hope to let him get established for more than two seasons in STL and look forward to having him at the top of our lineup. Anticipate Cook being a prominent LH arm in our pen with capability to start. Had looked to acquire him earlier from COL so jumped at the chance.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.