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Concerned about Cardinals' rotation? Not Mozeliak

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:30:00 -0600

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. • The Cardinals remain “bullish” internally about how their rotation will perform despite the departure of two innings monsters, Lance Lynn (free agency) and Mike Leake (last fall’s trade), and the possibility rookie Alex Reyes will…

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Ozuna says it's 'like a blessing' to join Cardinals

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:10:00 -0600

Slugging left fielder sees the Cardinals as a team of 'competitors, grinders, all the way to the end — they always seem to be in the mix. I'm very excited to be able to join that.'

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Cardinals 'not ruling anything out' as Mo vows to remain active in trade talks

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:45:00 -0600

Donaldson? Machado? Colome and Longoria? All remain on the Cardinals' radar after the club added a 'loud bat' in Marcell Ozuna and subtracted right fielder Stephen Piscotty — less than a year after awarding him a six-year contract.

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Media Views: Costas relishes his deep St. Louis roots

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:30:00 -0600

"When people ask me where I’m from, I’m as apt to say, ‘St. Louis’ as I am to say, ‘New York,’” Bob Costas says. “... I think of myself as a St. Louisan.”

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Cardinals land 'loud bat' they coveted with completed deal for Ozuna

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:45:00 -0600

In two moves Thursday, the Cardinals formally restructured their outfield. Marcell Ozuna will take over in left field as Stephen Piscotty moves to Oakland. Dexter Fowler will be the Cardinals' right fielder and Tommy Pham will play center field for…

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BenFred: Piscotty trade feels like it's best for all involved

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:20:00 -0600

The Cardinals thinned a crowded outfield. The A's added a major leaguer at a position of need. And the Piscotty family welcomed home a son as his mother fights a devastating disease.

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Done Deal: Cardinals send Piscotty to Oakland, closer to home

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:30:00 -0600

In exchange for the right fielder they signed to six-year, $33.5 million contract this past spring, the Cardinals receive two minor leaguers: shortstop Yairo Munoz and second baseman Max Schrock.

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Cardinals reel in Ozuna, maintain appetite for more moves

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:25:00 -0600

(Updated) Key prospects Sandy Alcantara and Magneuris Sierra, plus two minor-league pitchers, were dealt to Miami. And the Cardinals are not done. They're in talks with Tampa Bay about closer Alex Colome (and possibly 3B Evan Longoria), and with Baltimore…

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Cardinals reach for a few 'lottery tickets' in Rule 5 draft

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:20:00 -0600

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. • A loophole used against them a few years ago worked for the Cardinals on Thursday as they reached into the Rule 5 draft and selected a teenage outfielder who they consider a "lottery ticket."

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Leadoff spot in Cardinals' lineup is up for grabs

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:15:00 -0600

Matheny plans to have a conversation with veteran leadoff hitters Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler about who will bat No. 1 entering the season.

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Matheny Q-&-A: Cards manager talks Stanton snub, Ozuna trade, 2018 lineup

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:35:00 -0600

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny gave his tentative first impressions of Marcell Ozuna and touched on a variety of other topics during his meeting with reporters at winter meetings

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Cardinals strike deal to obtain Ozuna

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:00:00 -0600

(Updated) An agreement with the Marlins has been confirmed but is not finalized, and it will include pitcher Sandy Alcantara and outfielder Magneuris Sierra according to sources. Cards also are involved in talks with Tampa Bay about closer Alex Colome.

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Cards' DeJong talks chemistry (not the clubhouse kind) at winter meetings

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:25:00 -0600

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. • What brought Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong to the winter meetings Tuesday wasn’t his team-best 25 homers or his second-place finish in the National League Rookie of the Year voting but measures of a different kind.

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Cardinals remove seats at Busch to create new place for 'hanging out'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:40:00 -0600

Regardless of whether the front office makes a move this week at the winter meetings or not, there will be something different about right field at Busch Stadium.

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Cardinals sound hopeful about prospects for deal

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:00:00 -0600

GM Girsch says club is 'optimistic that we are moving in the right direction on a couple of things.' One of those appears to involve slugging outfielder Marcell Ozuna of the Marlins, who have a known interest in Cardinals pitching…

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Cardinals make forward progress, have 'optimism' for a trade

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:41:00 -0600

Miami and Cardinals have continued to talk and a potentially agreeable deal appears possible around Marcell Ozuna. Plus: notes.

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Marlins feel talks on Ozuna are moving, and Cardinals have desired prospects

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:45:00 -0600

What Miami learned about the Cardinals' system during the negotiations on Giancarlo Stanton has informed them on what to ask (or even expect) as the focus shifts to discussions about outfielder Marcell Ozuna.

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BenFred: Stanton questioned Cards' future more than he appreciated their past

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:20:00 -0600

National League MVP didn’t think the Cardinals could win big. Not big enough, at least. Not as big as the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs and Astros, the four teams he said he would join.

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Exploring trades for 'upgrades' has Cardinals' attention on Day 1

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:02:00 -0600

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. • Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak has already staked out the location in the team's suite, and from that chair on the far side of the room, just past the TV he spent a…

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Stanton speaks, says he wasn't a fit for Cards

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:55:00 -0600

Ben Frederickson reports: Cards didn't make Stanton's initial list of teams he would waive his full no-trade clause to join. That opinion didn't change after the Marlins agreed to a deal with St. Louis, nor after Stanton agreed to meet…

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Stanton: Marlins weren't 'going to force me to do anything'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:40:00 -0600

Yankees slugger fields questions about why he rejected overtures from Cardinals and Giants, and what he was looking for in a new home.

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Cardinals open meetings by bringing back reliever Gregerson

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0600

Almost nine years after Luke Gregerson was the player to be named later in a trade with San Diego, the righthanded reliever has agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract that will install him as the Cards' new veteran setup…

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Cardinals resume search for 'impactful way to change our team'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:25:00 -0600

But the Cardinals' status as a destination team for high-profile players has been challenged. An edge the club used to flaunt — come to St. Louis, where championships are won, the city paints itself red, and the ballpark is packed…

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Stanton appears to be headed to Yankees

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 09:46:00 -0600

For the trade to become final, there still needs to be an agreement on all players involved and all details.

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After Stanton snub, Cardinals turn attention to alternatives

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 05:30:00 -0600

Multiple hitters (Ozuna, Yelich, Longoria) and relievers (Colome, Reed, Morrow) remain as targets for the Cardinals as offseason action shifts to the Winter Meetings in Florida.

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Stanton says no to Cardinals, declines trade from Miami

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:45:00 -0600

Cardinals were willing to cover almost $250 million of slugger's remaining contract, but they couldn't woo him to St. Louis.

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Mozeliak preaches 'patience' as Stanton saga drags on

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:15:00 -0600

Derrick Goold writes: The Cardinals have been given no timetable for Stanton’s decision, though Miami has indicated it does not want this to linger into the holidays. Next week’s winter meetings offer a tidy timeline, allowing all parties to move…

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Hochman: For starters, that's it — Mikolas completes Cards' rotation

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:10:00 -0600

Mozeliak sees newcomer as not just a fifth starter but 'someone that could have an impact on your rotation.' So, no other moves for a starter this offseason? 'We're covered from a starter standpoint,' Mo says.'Now the focus turns more…

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Cardinals have other options if they miss on Stanton

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0600

Columnist Jesus Ortiz writes: If Giancarlo Stanton picks the Giants, holds out for the Dodgers or somehow stunningly decides to stick with the Marlins, the Cardinals would still improve their team if they plucked an outfielder from Miami.

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Cardinals add to depth by signing pitcher who starred in Japan

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0600

The route to a game at Roger Dean Stadium was a lot shorter when Miles Mikolas was a kid growing up in nearby Tequesta, Fla., but after a detour through Japan, he has found his way back to that ballpark.

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Gordo: Cards take first step to revamp pitching staff

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:50:00 -0600

The Cardinals just added a starting pitcher who can eat reptiles as well as innings. And the team paid a premium for him, too — $15.5 million for two years, according to Yahoo! Sports.

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Ortiz: Cardinals add crucial piece while waiting for Stanton

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:40:00 -0600

At this time of year, it’s easy for some folks to take the essentials for granted while fixating on the most attractive present under the Christmas tree.

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Cardinals sign pitcher Mikolas after his strong turn as a starter in Japan

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:35:00 -0600

'Lizard King' will add depth to the Cardinals' rotation as they looking for innings and consider deals that could cost them young starters.

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Gordo: Cardinals aren't fooling around after lackluster season

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:30:00 -0600

Winning bidding wars and trading elite prospects are not Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr.’s favorite pastimes, but he realizes status quo is no longer good enough in St. Louis.

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With a compelling offer to Marlins, Cardinals await Stanton's decision

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 04:00:00 -0600

Derrick Goold writes: To cut through the fog of speculation and shine a light on what’s actually known about the Stanton sweepstakes, here is a rundown and recap of where things stand.

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Cardinals out of the running for Ohtani but still pursuing Stanton

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:05:00 -0600

Derrick Goold reports: The Cardinals have not been given a timetable for a decision, though they have presented a deal to the Miami Marlins that is close enough to an agreement that Stanton’s opinion has been sought on whether he…

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Cards make their pitch for Stanton

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 23:50:00 -0600

Mozeliak and Girsch traveled to Los Angeles and met with representatives for the Marlins slugger on Friday. Cardinals are said to be committed to forging ahead until they hear a definite 'yes' or 'no.'

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Cards trade Diaz to Toronto for Class A outfielder

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 23:45:00 -0600

The Aledmys Diaz era, which projected to be a long one a year ago when Diaz hit .300 and made the National League All-Star team as a rookie, has ended for the Cardinals.

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Matt Holliday makes strong St. Louis sales pitch to Stanton

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 23:10:00 -0600

Former Cardinals star says: 'You got all offseason to live in Miami or LA, or wherever he wants to live, but for six months, man, getting after it as a baseball player in St. Louis, there’s no better place.'

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Goold: With Marlins' OK, Cardinals could take their pitch to Stanton

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 15:00:00 -0600

MVP's no-trade clause is a major hurdle for any suitor, but there is a way for Cardinals to woo Stanton directly, once a deal is in place.

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Hummel: What's causing the high turnover rate among pitching coaches?

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:35:00 -0600

It used to be that the major-league pitching coach was a buddy, perhaps even a drinking buddy, of the manager. And when the manager went, so did the pitching coach. But this offseason, five clubs, including the Cardinals, already have…

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Ortiz: Plea to consider 'character' alters Hall of Fame vote

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 06:30:00 -0600

Esteemed Hall of Famer Joe Morgan pleaded this Tuesday with veteran members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to deny steroid cheats a place among the game’s immortals.

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Goold: Braves' punishment frees up 'phenom' prospect Cardinals could chase

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:55:00 -0600

Kevin Maitan, a switch-hitting infielder, has been scouted by the Cardinals since he was 13, and reportedly is now a free agent.

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Making the case for Stanton to play in St. Louis

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:40:00 -0600

Columnist Jesus Ortiz writes: After spending eight years playing in arguably the worst baseball market in America, Giancarlo Stanton would have an opportunity to finish his career in the ultimate baseball town.

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Cards keep one power-hitting prospect, let another go; Stanton trade talks continue

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:55:00 -0600

Outfielder Tyler O'Neill and third baseman Patrick Wisdom each hit 31 homers for Triple-A teams in 2017. On Monday, O'Neill was among four prospects the Cardinals added to their 40-man roster, and Wisdom was left unprotected for the Rule 5…

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Cardinals cleared roster space for Monday's prospect protection deadline

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:10:00 -0600

UPDATED: Outfielders Tyler O'Neill and Oscar Mercado, and pitchers Austin Gomber and Derian Gonzalez, were added to the Cardinals' 40-man roster Monday.

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Cardinals search for star power that could guide their return to playoffs

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:30:00 -0600

Derrick Goold writes: The Cardinals aim to improve an offense that lagged behind the league and, in turn, halt any flagging interest from their fan base.

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Hochman: This offseason is do or die for Cards' identity

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0600

These next 11 months aren’t just about the team returning to the playoffs, it’s about the brand returning to a status.

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BenFred: If winning is Stanton's top priority, he can't prematurely dismiss St. Louis

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:30:00 -0600

Much of the Stanton speculation seems to stem from where he does and doesn't want to live. What about the team that gives him the best chance to win big?

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MVP Stanton sees his future as 'pretty wide open'

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:45:00 -0600

The Cardinals and San Francisco Giants are believed by some in the industry the most likely to make the best pitch for the 28-year-old Miami Marlins slugger. Whether Stanton, a southern California native, would want to go to either destination…

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Goold: Scherzer credits college ball at Mizzou for his staying power

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:30:00 -0600

ORLANDO, Fla. • At a ballpark in Nebraska, way back in 2005, a year before he was a first-rounder and 12 before he won his third Cy Young Award, Max Scherzer finished the seventh inning of a tense college game…

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'All teams have plenty of money,' says expensive MVP Stanton

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:58:00 -0600

Marlins slugger, who is in Cardinals' sights, edges Votto for NL honor. Pham finishes 11th.

Jose Martinez hits his way into the mix with Cards

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:20:00 -0600

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. • While Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. awaits updates from top executives John Mozeliak and Michael Girsch on how they feel to best improve his club, he has an open mind on some of his current…

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Goold: Will Marlins' pain be Cardinals' gain?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:30:00 -0600

Described by a rival executive as 'ready and positioned as well as anyone' to make a deal for Giancarlo Stanton or another Miami outfielder, the Cardinals had talks with the cash-strapped Marlins before and during the GM meetings, and they…

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BenFred's 5: Examining CarGo as a potential Cardinals free-agent option

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:20:00 -0600

Corner outfielder has been linked to the Cardinals off and on for some time before a down season hurt his free-agent value headed into 2018.

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Goold: Super-agent Boras on Holliday, Rosenthal, Hosmer and 'Playoffville'

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:15:00 -0600

During a scrum with baseball writers at the GM meetings, Scott Boras riffs on revenues, the Cubs, tanking teams and a gated community for big-spending teams that he calls 'Playoffville.' He also offers updates on clients of interest to Cardinals…

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Cardinals prepare Fowler for possible move to corner outfield position

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:45:00 -0600

Mozeliak travels to Las Vegas for face-to-face meeting, assuring Fowler that the team has no interest in trading him. But the veteran center fielder also was told that, come spring training, he should be prepared for a possible move to…

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Baseball has mid-January deadline for pace of play change

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:11:00 -0600

Executives, players have exchanged proposals to speed up games which are going past three hours, on average.

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Cardinals not in the market for starting pitching

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:50:00 -0600

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. • The quest to acquire starting pitching is “not a huge focus for us,” Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Tuesday.

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Prospects pushing Cardinals to create room by moving outfielders

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0600

With 14 outfielders log-jammed at the team's highest levels, the Cardinals are looking to deal Randal Grichuk and others to create roster space. Here's Derrick Goold's audit of the 14 players vying for the nine starting spots at the top…

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Cardinals tell Carpenter to prepare for a super-utility everyday role

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:10:00 -0600

Club suggested that Matt Carpenter spend the offseason prepping to play all over in 2018 — from third base to second to first, to even perhaps some corner outfield.

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Reyes might begin season on May 1 — and in Cards' bullpen

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:05:00 -0600

Cardinals plan ultimately on starting hard-throwing righthander, who missed 2017 after elbow surgery. Mozeliak said acquiring another starter not a 'huge focus for us.'

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No-trade clause gives Stanton 'all the power' as trade talks continue

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 06:25:00 -0600

Derrick Goold reports: The Cardinals are one of several teams talking to the Marlins about a trade for MVP-caliber slugger Giancarlo Stanton. But it's Stanton — with his no-trade clause — who has the ultimate say in where he goes,…

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DeJong finishes second in rookie voting; Cards shop for relief

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:06:00 -0600

At the GM meetings in Florida, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak met with the representatives of relievers Brandon Morrow and Addison Reed, two options for their late-inning openings.

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Cardinals 'need to get better' — a process that begins at GM meetings

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 10:10:00 -0600

Derrick Goold writes: The Cardinals have had discussions already with Miami about trading for Giancarlo Stanton, the biggest name and brawniest hitter available this winter. Other Miami players also intrigue the Cardinals, described by one source as “determined” in their…

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Ortiz: Cardinals can't fix their problems by acquiring just one player

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:15:00 -0600

Nobody who watched the playoffs can possibly compare the Cardinals favorably to the World Series champion Astros, NL champion Dodgers or the rosters that carried the Cubs, Nats, Yankees and five other teams into the postseason.

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BenFred: Memphis not in Luke Voit's plans for next season

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:15:00 -0600

As every Cardinal waits to find out what moves the front office will make, homegrown slugger Luke Voit is focused on what he can control. He hopes to evolve his game to the point that it’s worthy of a roster…

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Silver Slugger an award Wainwright's 'been hunting for a while'

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:50:00 -0600

A year after his record 18 RBIs, pitcher scores offensive award with a .452 slugging percentage and a league-best .262 batting average.

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Hochman: Cardinals need to find a way to land a slugger like Stanton

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:15:00 -0600

Everything lines up for the Cards to make their most aggressive, most astounding trade offer in recent years — assuming, of course, they work out that one minor detail of getting Miami to eat a percentage of Stanton’s stupid contract.

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Goold: Halladay, Carp, one anaconda and an Amazon adventure

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:05:00 -0600

During a memorable NLDS, Roy Halladay invited friend and rival Chris Carpenter on an 'exotic fishing trip,' that would involve an anaconda and a stubbed toe.

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