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Can Freese learn from the Cardinals’ 2009 arbitration cases?

The St. Louis Cardinals came down to the last days on a pair of arbitration hearings in 2009. Could it happen again with David Freese in 2013?

Should pitcher Rick Ankiel and the Cardinals re-unite?

Rick Ankiel is reportedly considering a return to the mound. Does he owe St. Louis rights of refusal? Should the Cardinals consider him?

Reviewing the predictions: TCN Blog’s top five Cardinals stories of 2009

A look back at the top projected stories across the Cardinal Nation in 2009 from one year ago.

The Cardinal Nation Blog top stories of 2009 #16: Change in centerfield

The 2009 St. Louis Cardinals’ centerfield featured a transition from the veteran to the kid along with some interesting twists.

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.

First Cards home run trifecta in almost two years

Until Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals hadn’t hit three home runs in an inning since July of 2007.

Cards double digit strikeouts – where have they gone?

Chris Carpenter is the only active pitcher to collect ten or more strikeouts in a game for the St. Louis Cardinals. It hasn’t always been a rarity, however.

Cardinals Washington Whispers – 05/03/09

What was being discussed on Sunday before and after the Cardinals rainout in Washington

Cardinals Washington Whispers – 05/01/09

What is being discussed as the Cardinals prepared to take on the Nationals in game two of their weekend series.

Rotating the Cardinals outfielders

The St. Louis Cardinals are currently deploying four regular outfielders. Why is that surprising to some?

Ludwick agrees: Cardinals arbitration scorecard complete

With the Monday signing of outfielder Ryan Ludwick, all five St. Louis Cardinals arbitration-eligible players have come to terms on 2009 contracts.

Pujols’ non-comments on A-Rod include Cardinals relief

Albert Pujols wisely dodged making direct comments on the Alex Rodriguez steroids scandal, yet his relief about his own team seems very limited in focus.

Ankiel settles for $2.825 million prior to hearing

For what may be his final season in St. Louis, outfielder Rick Ankiel and the club have come to terms on his 2009 contract.

Cardinals minor matters – February 11

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

Cardinals arbitration history – 1974-2008

With Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick heading for arbitration hearings, how have the St. Louis Cardinals fared in these salary disputes over the years?

Cardinals minor matters – February 4

Dates for Ankiel and Ludwick arbitration hearings, Choi contract clarification, club out of money and more St. Louis Cardinals news.

Should the Cardinals fear Boras in arbitration?

If the St. Louis Cardinals end up in an arbitration hearing with Scott Boras, representing Rick Ankiel, is the deck already stacked against them?

Arbitration update: Ankiel and Ludwick figures

St. Louis Cardinals outfielders Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick head one step closer to arbitration to set their respective 2009 salaries.

The lost art of Cardinals strikeouts

Big strikeout games from St. Louis Cardinals pitchers have become a very rare occurrence, but it wasn’t always that way.

What might Ludwick, Ankiel, Wellemeyer, Thompson and Duncan make via arbitration?

The St. Louis Cardinals will soon need to offer 2009 contract amounts to five players from just under three up through six years of experience and the five have to counter with their view of their value. If the two cannot agree, arbitration to set the player’s 2009 salary will follow in February.

Projected Top Five St. Louis Cardinals Stories of 2009

The final article in Brian Walton’s series looking back at the biggest stories across the St. Louis Cardinal Nation during 2008 and now, looking ahead to 2009.

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?

Will Friday be Flores’ Last Day with St. Louis?

Brian Walton is wondering if St. Louis Cardinals reliever Randy Flores will be given his walking papers on Friday.