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Scherzer-Cardinals Speculation is All In a Word

Changing one small word turned a “run of the mill” off-season speculation article into major rumor news. Too bad it is apparently erroneous.

Why the Cardinals Need a “Lackey” Right Fielder

The St. Louis Cardinals need offensive help, but seem worried about potential additions blocking others.

Cardinals organization roster matrix: 2014-2015 off-season

The St. Louis Cardinals’ full system view by position and level reflects the 2014-2015 free agents with all organization players listed by level and position.

I am from Missouri on Aledmys Diaz

The St. Louis Cardinals landed a top Cuban free agent middle infielder, but how good is Aledmys Diaz?

Aledmys Diaz, meet Pete Kozma

Comparing results with the bat between a prospective St. Louis Cardinals shortstop and a former one.

How much fire is behind the Cardinals’ Aledmys Diaz smoke?

The St. Louis Cardinals appear to be “in” on a hot Cuban infield prospect. Will they get their man?

Could Holliday’s own eventual free agency shape his opinion?

Matt Holliday wants to see Major League Baseball change its free agent compensation rules. In a few years, he could be in a situation to take advantage.

Holliday wants free agent compensation rules changed

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday joins those who feel some Major League Baseball free agents are being unfairly restricted.

Are the Reds and Cardinals heading in opposite directions?

The Cincinnati Reds are having trouble finding the money to keep key players, unlike their divisional rival from St. Louis.

Jhonny Peralta pros and cons for the Cardinals

Rumors have a deal between free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals close. Early views from fans have been mixed.

Will 2013 be the last of Mujica?

The current closer of the St. Louis Cardinals, Edward Mujica, is eligible to become a free agent following this season.

Don’t forget to thank Pujols for Wacha

Spring pitching phenom Michael Wacha would likely not be a St. Louis Cardinal had Albert Pujols remained.

Chris Carpenter overreaction reaction

Considering the current state of the St. Louis Cardinals rotation and beyond.

Will the Cardinals ride the Ronny Cedeno rollercoaster?

A new rumor has the St. Louis Cardinals among teams interested in inconsistent free agent infielder Ronny Cedeno.

Is Lohse’s delay the system or a price-demand mismatch?

Kyle Lohse is part of a subset of qualifying free agents still looking for a contract. Is the problem the system or his price?

TCN Blog 2012 Cardinals top story #5: Lohse’s contract year

Veteran right-hander Kyle Lohse made what appears to be his final St. Louis Cardinals season a memorable one.

Will Greinke create opportunity for Miller and Rosenthal?

The hot market for free agent pitching could improve the rotation bids of young St. Louis Cardinals starting pitchers.

Don’t assume quiet ahead because no Cardinals non-tenders

The St. Louis Cardinals could look to arbitration-eligible players not offered contracts by their present teams.

Better Cardinals drafts mean fewer free agents

The construction of the last five St. Louis Cardinals National League Championship Series rosters indicates a major change driven by home-grown talent.

Would you use Lohse to force an early decision from Wainwright?

The St. Louis Cardinals’ two best pitchers this season are heading for free agency this fall and next. Should the team try to lock up the second before losing the first?

The cost of letting Octavio Dotel go

A look at some estimates at the costs involved in the 2012 St. Louis Cardinals keeping or not keeping reliever Octavio Dotel.

If the Cardinals can’t keep Wainwright, what is the best consolation prize?

Considering various timing and action alternatives by the St. Louis Cardinals regarding Adam Wainwright’s contract.

The Molina contract: What the writers are saying

A scan of national and local sportswriters’ opinions on the Yadier Molina contract and its potential impact on other impending free agent catchers.

Time to stand down on Molina’s contract

Why not let Yadier Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals work on a new deal without such a high level of sensitivity?

Defending Yadier Molina

Followers of the St. Louis Cardinals had differing views of catcher Yadier Molina’s update on his contract situation upon his reporting to spring training.

Finalizing the fans’ contract offer to Yadier Molina

Readers can vote for salary and number of years making up their best contract offer to St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

Pujols to be ESPN The Magazine’s cover boy

Now we can learn the inside story of Albert Pujols’ signing from the perspective of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

How much should the Cardinals offer Yadier Molina?

Readers can vote for their salary and number of years limits in their hypothetical offers for St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

Cardinals fans living the Pujols grief model

Different St. Louis Cardinals fans are handling the aftermath of Albert Pujols’ change of baseball teams much differently.

Two years of Albert Pujols age and contract coverage

Recapping the final two years of former St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols’ tenure with the team through a series of previously-posted articles.

It’s ok. Just don’t insult us, Albert. It was about the money.

Former St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is now a member of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He says it is a matter of the heart, but all signs point to dollars.

A new Pujols-Cubs bromance with Theo?

Is reported interest by the Chicago Cubs in free agent Albert Pujols a new chapter of an old story?

St. Louis Cardinals arbitration offer predictions

How many draft picks might the St. Louis Cardinals pick up by making offers of arbitration Wednesday night?

Miami sideshow leads to more Pujols age questions

The ongoing subject of Albert Pujols’ age continues to make the papers, still without any substantiation.

Previewing MLB’s new labor agreement

Preliminary details on the changes coming to Major League Baseball free agency, player salaries, draft spending, arbitration, HGH testing and more.

Where will the Pujols-Hendry bromance lead?

Speculation that Albert Pujols may end up as a Chicago Cub starting in 2012 is growing and the two sides are contributing.

Could Pujols’ situation end up like Jeter’s?

Bad feelings remain in New York even after a new deal with Derek Jeter was done. Could the same thing happen in St. Louis with Albert Pujols?

Pujols’ contract remarks from spring 2009 and 2010

What did St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols say about his contract in spring training camps during the most recent two springs?

Still flipping out over Flip

The St. Louis Cardinals risked a small missed opportunity cost in releasing infielder Felipe Lopez in September. It looks like it didn’t matter.

Pujols and the Cardinals: Is it a matter of trust?

Thoughts about why the Albert Pujols contract negotiations with the St. Louis Cardinals appear to be moving so slowly.

Could Jeter be the missing link or another Tino?

One columnist suggests the St. Louis Cardinals should sign Derek Jeter to replace Albert Pujols.

Flipping Lopez for a comp pick

The Boston Red Sox shrewdly saw a compensation draft pick in a player the St. Louis Cardinals simply wanted to be rid of.

The Cardinals and minor league free agents

The St. Louis Cardinals have only six minor league free agents this year. What might that tell us?

Has Pujols’ negotiating stance changed?

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols now says he wants to get a new contract done before the 2011 season begins.

Pujols’ odds of signing slipping under 50 percent?

Could the St. Louis Cardinals’ chance of keeping Albert Pujols beyond 2011 be heading south?

Elias twist: Lopez tops Cardinals’ free agents

The top-ranked free agent from the St. Louis Cardinals has already been released.

Tejada is far from a no-brainer for the Cardinals

There is a lot of buzz about soon-to-be free agent infielder Miguel Tejada possibly heading to St. Louis. No one is talking about a major fly in the ointment, however.

Pujols in Boston and La Russa 2.0

Calling out a pair of interesting articles about the St. Louis Cardinals star player and his former teammate (along with his current manager, sort of).

Albert Pujols: On his contract

Wanting to set the record straight about his contract status, the Cardinals first baseman takes his story directly to the fans.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #4: Holliday’s free agent romp

For the ongoing services of outfielder Matt Holliday, the St. Louis Cardinals and agent Scott Boras carried out an intricate dance for months.

What if Albert Pujols becomes Mark Teixeira?

If the Cardinals ever reach the point of considering the unthinkable, trading Albert Pujols, Mark Teixeira’s history provides an important lesson.

Time to act on the Holliday-Pujols contract FUD

Why the conditions may be right for the St. Louis Cardinals to move to lock up Albert Pujols.

Can the Matt Holliday trade be judged now?

Now that the Cardinals have agreed to terms with outfielder Matt Holliday on a record-setting new contract, is the jury in on the big trade that brought him to St. Louis in the first place?

Cardinals rumor control getting out of control

Erroneous news on a supposed new Matt Holliday offer from the St. Louis Cardinals is amplified all over cyberspace before being pulled.

Would two years be better for Holliday and the Cardinals?

Why might both Scott Boras and the St. Louis Cardinals consider a shorter-term contact for free agent Matt Holliday?

Who just blinked: DeRosa or the Cardinals?

Is Mark DeRosa’s reported two year, $12 million deal with the San Francisco Giants out of line with the market? If not, why didn’t the St. Louis Cardinals jump in?

Duncan’s yo-yo agent

The agent of former Cardinals outfielder Chris Duncan is making some interesting claims.

Is Boras alone wearing the black hat?

The MLB Players Association plays a powerful, but almost-invisible role in placement of top free agents.

When chasing dollars lead to regretted outcomes

There may be something for Matt Holliday to learn from this week’s Johnny Damon saga and a similar story from over two decades ago.

Cardinals lessons from Teixeira, the Yankees and stealth mode

Can the St. Louis Cardinals learn anything from a dissection of the New York Yankees’ 2008 pursuit of Mark Teixeira?

It’s about time for Mo to channel his inner Theo

The St. Louis Cardinals are getting to the point where they need to force Scott Boras to declare his hand regarding Matt Holliday.

An Atkins-Holliday comp

A pair of former big bats from the Colorado Rockies are now free agents. The St. Louis Cardinals are thinking about at least one of them.

‘Tis the early Holliday season for Cardinals second-guessers

Why is the Matt Holliday contract situation causing heightened emotions across Cardinal Nation?

Exactly what compensatory picks will the Cardinals receive?

Based on Tuesday’s arbitration offers, the St. Louis Cardinals may get four compensatory picks, but exactly where they will fall in the 2010 draft is unclear.

Collusion or just getting younger?

A net of four veteran jobs may be lost on the St. Louis Cardinals year-to-year. Does that mean anything?

Cards no better than #6 in Holliday chase?

It looks like a number of big money teams will get in on the Matt Holliday chase. Every one decreases the Cardinals’ dwindling chances of retaining him.

Cardinals passing up comp draft picks

The St. Louis Cardinals have passed up the potential opportunity for 16 additional draft picks the last four seasons.

More on La Russa’s future

A San Francisco article offers additional insight into Tony La Russa’s future plans.

Might the Cardinals let Holliday and Boras pull a “Drew” on them?

A long-term contract with a two-year out for Matt Holliday might not be as crazy as it first may sound.

After Ankiel hit the wall, is it now time to hit the road?

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel will become a free agent. It may be best for all involved for the 30-year-old to move on.

Cardinals 2009 closing time opens 2010 offseason

To kick off the off-season, a quick look at those who may have played their last game as St. Louis Cardinals.

Holliday re-signing hype and hysteria receiving too much ink

With three weeks still remaining in the regular season, speculation over Matt Holliday’s future is getting out of hand

Will Holliday pull a Lohse or a Weaver this off-season?

While Matt Holliday’s hitting surge as a Cardinal is good for the present, will it damage his chances of remaining with the club in 2010 and beyond?

The Cardinals organization roster matrix: regular season

A complete listing of all 282 players currently known to be under contract in the St. Louis Cardinals organization from top to bottom by level and position.

Pedro for Cardinals closer?

A rumor has surfaced that the St. Louis Cardinals might be considering an offer to veteran Pedro Martinez to be their 2009 closer. That seems a bad idea for many reasons.

Cardinals minor matters – March 1

Short bursts of St. Louis Cardinals-related news from all over the web.

Cardinals wise to pass on Hudson

The St. Louis Cardinals reportedly inquired about signing new Dodgers second baseman Orlando Hudson. Good thing they didn’t follow through.

Cardinals minor matters – February 11

St. Louis Cardinals news include three former hurlers finding new homes, three additional spring training invites and more.

Cardinals “walk year” results: fact or urban legend?

Do St. Louis Cardinals players deliver better results in their final pre-free agency season?

Cardinals minor matters – January 30

Continuing a semi-regular series of quick hits on and links to recent St. Louis Cardinals baseball news on the ‘net.

Cardinals unnecessary second and third base intrigue

Recent actions by the St. Louis Cardinals front office are causing already-wary fans to wonder what is going on.

The 2008 All Ex-Cardinals Team

56 players that were once St. Louis Cardinals property played elsewhere in the majors last season, to be joined by 15 more next year. How many of them were really a loss to the organization?

The Cardinals “Let ‘em Go” Team

Looking back at some of the wise player departures from the St. Louis Cardinals this decade.

Jerry Hairston, Jr.: Cards come up short again

The St. Louis Cardinals have missed out on another free agent. This time it is versatile infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston, Jr.

Cardinals consider two Japanese pitchers

The St. Louis Cardinals are considering a pair of 33-year-old Japanese free agent pitchers that are outside of the expensive posting process, Kenshin Kawakami and Koji Uehara.

Looper arbitration decision could impact Fuentes

The cost of acquiring Brian Fuentes or any other Type A free agent went up due to the Cardinals’ decision to not offer Braden Looper arbitration. Is it part of a bigger plan?

Cards Non-Tender Flores, Johnson and Miles

The St. Louis Cardinals did not offer contracts to lefty relievers Randy Flores and Tyler Johnson, making them free agents, saving money and opening roster spots. Infielder Aaron Miles was also cut loose. Could the Twins and Nick Punto (pictured) partially be to blame? How might the Cards fill the openings?

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