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DeWitt sees Cards as 'strong' and 'improved,' but fans are unsettled

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:45:00 -0600

Crowds and sales lagged at the Winter Warm-Up, prompting Matt Carpenter to observe: 'My guess is that (the fans) are tired of not being in the postseason. People are uneasy.'

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Missed Winter Warm-Up? Then you missed a lot ... of Cards stories and photos

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:35:00 -0600

From Gregerson as closer, Carpenter all over, to Ozuna in St. Louis, a one-stop spot for dozens of stories from Team PD and the halls of the 22nd Winter Warm-Up.

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Matheny expects Maddux to impact Martinez, other young starters

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:45:00 -0600

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will have three new coaches this year and while all of them will have major roles in trying to bring the club back to postseason relevance after a two-season dry spell, Matheny thinks new pitching coach…

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Molina plans to retire at the end of his three-year extension

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:25:00 -0600

Repeating a stance that he took into contract negotiations a year ago, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said he has three more years on his contract and three more years of playing. "And that's it," said Molina, who is 35.

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Hochman: Do Cardinals have an acceptable sense of urgency?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:15:00 -0600

Yadier Molina made it clear — he's got three more seasons to win at least one more World Series. But first his team has to make it back in the tournament.

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Rock-paper-scissors star Flaherty hopes to be Cards' rock someday

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:07:00 -0600

Some might've thought the pitcher would go with two fingers, but in the big moment, Jack Flaherty went with what got him there.

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True to his word, Molina visits J. Martinez in Venezuela

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:25:00 -0600

Although his guest had repeatedly promised to come visit him in Venezuela, Cardinals first baseman Jose Martinez didn’t believe it until the plane arrived.

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Cards notebook: Waino's future not an issue for either side right now

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:20:00 -0600

Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright said he spent parts of last season oscillating between thinking he was pitching well enough for a contract extension to pitching poorly enough that he wouldn’t get one.

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Pham does his job by the numbers

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:55:00 -0600

Just a few years removed from talking about releasing Tommy Pham, the Cardinals now laud him as one of the most productive outfielders in the game. Pham's target: Become the first player in club history to hit 30 homers and…

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Ortiz: Ozuna basks in big St. Louis welcome

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:50:00 -0600

'I’m happy to play for (the Cardinals) because now you play for a reason,' the former Miami Marlin said.

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Mozeliak: For now, Gregerson is the closer and Cards' bullpen is good enough

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:25:00 -0600

President of baseball operations says the team will approach spring training with newcomer Luke Gregerson as the closer, and with the hope that an armada of young, power arms will boost a bullpen that the team admitted was brittle in…

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Cardinals' Weaver packs on pounds to handle heavier workload

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 05:30:00 -0600

What comes naturally to most has always been a battle for the willowy Weaver. But for the first time in his career, he has gained ground on the enemy: his metabolism.

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Cardinals' Mikolas learned value of quick outs in Japan

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 23:25:00 -0600

The return to the majors from Japan, where the league’s schedule has a built-in day off each week, will mean less time away from the ballpark for new Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas. But the change in culture could be something…

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Cards catcher Carson Kelly aims for more power, consistency

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 23:25:00 -0600

Young Cardinals catcher Carson Kelly is only 23 but, presumably, could be the starting catcher for several major league teams. Just not this one.

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Voit works toward adding outfielder to his Cardinals resumé

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 23:25:00 -0600

WARMUP ROUNDUP: Ignore the sub-freezing temperatures, and think Cardinals baseball via news, notes, scenes and anecdotes from FanFest.

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Ortiz: Ozuna a hit with Cardinals fans and players alike

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 15:20:00 -0600

Longtime Cardinals fans Kathy Pagano was hobbling around on a broken right foot, but nothing was going to stop her from collecting her third and most prized autograph from the second day of the Winter Warm-Up.

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Ortiz: False missile alert sends Wong into panic

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 06:15:00 -0600

They’re among the strongest and the fastest, stars in an exclusive fraternity that garners affection from complete strangers. Around these parts, there is no greater job title than St. Louis Cardinal. Thousands of fans made pilgrimages from throughout the Midwest…

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Mo meets the fans, fields questions about closers, Wainwright, DH in NL

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 23:40:00 -0600

During the annual Winter Warm-up, Cardinals president of baseball operations usually gets candid with fans about what's next, what's likely for club.

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Wong woke up to false missile warning in Hawaii and family 'freaking out'

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 15:30:00 -0600

ST. LOUIS • One of the first calls Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong made from St. Louis when he saw word of an inbound missile alert back home in Hawaii was to his brother, Kean.

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Cards avoid hearings, reach deals with Ozuna, Wacha, Lyons

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 04:30:00 -0600

Before introducing the centerpiece of their offseason and new focal point of their lineup to the home crowd this weekend at the Winter Warm-Up, the Cardinals reached an agreement with Marcell Ozuna on his salary for the coming season just…

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Cardinals, Ozuna avoid arbitration with $9 million deal for 2018

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:00:00 -0600

New left fielder's salary amounts to a $5.5 million raise. Cardinals also reached one-year agreements with pitchers Michael Wacha ($5.3 million) and Tyler Lyons ($1.2 million).

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Busch Stadium to open new terrace common area this season

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:00:00 -0600

Budweiser Terrace will be a free common area inside stadium during Cardinals games - and includes two bars and a stage for bands and deejays.

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Gibson wonders if he suffered a heart attack during dominant '68 season

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 07:15:00 -0600

Fifty years ago — really, has it been that long? — Cardinals Hall of Fame righthander Bob Gibson sashayed through the National League with a 22-9 record, 13 shutouts, 28 complete games, 268 strikeouts and a mind-numbing 1.12 earned-run average,…

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Wainwright charges into final year of contract with renewed fire

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0600

Cardinals starter and cornerstone of the franchise's current era says: 'I do have something to prove. I’m out to prove 36 (years old) isn’t 106.'

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Hochman: 23-year-old's love of baseball leads her to Cardinals job

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:55:00 -0600

Emily Wiebe is the first woman to work as a baseball analyst for the Cardinals — she is part of what her boss, John Mozeliak, calls the 'decision tree.'

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Goold: Will Cardinals create another closer?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:50:00 -0600

The last time the Cardinals signed a closer for 'retail prices' — as GM Girsch describes it — was Jason Isringhausen in 2001. The raw materials for creating a closer are on the current roster. But so are certainties from…

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Ortiz: Cardinals see no dramatic need for help at corner infield spots

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:45:00 -0600

By relying on versatile holdovers Carpenter, Gyorko and J. Martinez, and punting on the likes of free agents Hosmer and Moustakas, the Cardinals will have payroll flexibility to attack the bullpen market before spring training and for other positions at…

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BenFred: Refreshed Cardinals outfield has serious power potential

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 13:20:00 -0600

How good might an outfield of Ozuna, Pham and Fowler be? Best in the division? Best in the National League? The potential is there. And the potential for power is startling.

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Hochman: Cardinals need closer to finish the shopping season

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 05:00:00 -0600

Already this holiday season, Cards fans have gleefully unwrapped a Marcell Ozuna, plus a couple of pitchers. But isn't there also a closer (Addison Reed? Alex Colome? Greg Holland?) somewhere under the tree?

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Maple is a staple for Cardinals slugger Ozuna

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0600

The manufacturing of the maple bat, gripped by the hitter the Cardinals coveted this winter because of the power he has to transform their lineup, began as a bar bet in Canada.

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Hochman: A new mitt can be a Christmas thrill

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 01:00:00 -0600

It’s a baseball mitt, but on Christmas morning, it’s a mitten — warm and snug, like the summer is wedged inside.

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Carlos Martinez and his wife rally St. Louis in attempt to save young girl's life

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 00:13:00 -0600

At 17, Camille Fernandez is getting a shot to survive leukemia that doctors say would have killed her without the treatment she is getting in St. Louis through the work of Carlos Martinez's and Albert Pujols' charitable foundations.

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BenFred: Cardinals' leadoff solution is simple, right?

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 12:30:00 -0600

Carpenter is just better at leadoff than he is anywhere else. And Fowler — who is a much better leadoff hitter than he showed last season — has proven to be more flexible offensively than Carpenter.

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Longoria no longer in play; Cardinals' search for offense, closer continues

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 12:20:00 -0600

As the Cardinals shut down for the holidays, their goals still are finding a bullpen ace (Colome?) and upgrading their offense (Moustakas? Donaldson?). They say they are all right with their rotation but that could change after some of the…

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Rays trade Evan Longoria to Giants for 4 players

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 23:55:00 -0600

Longoria, 32, leaves Tampa as the longest-tenured player in franchise history, after spending nearly 10 seasons in a Rays uniform.

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Trading for Donaldson could be too risky for Cardinals

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:30:00 -0600

Club typically doesn't deal away top prospects for perhaps only one year of control with a player such as the Jays' slugging third baseman, who might be available. Meanwhile, talks continue between the Cardinals and Rays regarding closer Alex Colome…

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BenFred: Cardinals rotation heavy on hope, short on sure things

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 23:45:00 -0600

It’s hard to completely believe Mozeliak when he says he’s fully confident in the Cardinals’ current rotation. We’re talking about a rotation of Martinez, Wainwright, Wacha, Mikolas and Weaver. That would leave Alex Reyes working out of the bullpen with…

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Hochman: Cardinals need more firepower, but at what cost?

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:45:00 -0600

Both Baltimore’s Manny Machado and Toronto’s Josh Donaldson are stars and free agents after the 2018 season. Teams keep trade rumors close to the vest, but the Cards have at least chatted with both teams. How many pitching prospects would…

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Cardinals' moves reflect their urgency to win

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:35:00 -0600

Derrick Goold reports: Emboldened by Ozuna’s presence in their lineup for two years, the Cardinals are out to win. Right now. That could make the addition of a one-year player (Machado? Donaldson?) more palatable — and it remains possible.

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Ortiz: Cardinals' resolve to get better is the perfect holiday gift

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:30:00 -0600

John Mozeliak has been so busy stocking and reshaping the roster lately, he can be forgiven for being a tad behind on his Christmas shopping, so the Cardinals’ president of baseball operations made some time to shop for gifts Saturday…

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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

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 05:30:00 -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.

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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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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