What will Mozeliak do next?

This weekend Cardinals’ fans were able to give thanks that most of their team’s offseason shopping list were checked off thanks to the brilliant moves of John Mozeliak. Rather than slow playing the offseason, Mozeliak struck quickly as he dealt David Freese and Fernando Salas, acquired Peter Bourjos, and signed Jhonny Peralta.

So what now?

The moves that Mozeliak made were huge for the Cardinals organization as far as the team they put on the field for 2014. While the 2013 edition of the Cardinals got some coverage for being the best defensive team in the National League, they came up short in the range department. Carlos Beltran was limited in right field. Jon Jay just wasn’t the same this year. Matt Carpenter was playing a whole new position. And Pete Kozma is, well, Pete Kozma.

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Gloves 4 Troops

Some readers may remember last year I wrote about Cardinals’ minor league shortstop Vance Albitz and his Gloves 4 Troops drive. This morning I got thinking about it wondering if he’s doing it again this offseason. So I headed over to his site and it sure looks like he is.

What Albitz does is collect gloves and baseballs (or money to help buy/ship them) and then he sends them overseas to troops.

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Winter Warm-Up Tickets On Sale Friday

Cardinals Care announced today that tickets for the 2014 edition of Winter Warm-Up will go on sale on Friday. The 18th annual Winter Warm-Up will be held January 18th through 20th at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis. Passes can be purchased online, at the official team store in Busch Stadium, and Cardinals Clubhouse stores around St. Louis.

Tickets are $40 for people 16 and older, $10 for children 5-15, and free for kids under the age of 5. Members of the military, police and fire departments can receive one free pass, but must be obtained in person at Busch Stadium or the event.

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Shortstop Peralta signs with Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals confirmed this afternoon that they have signed free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta. According to the early reports, the deal is a four year contract worth around $53 million. The 31-year-old Peralta was a free agent after a three-year stint in Detroit where he hit .278/.334/.438 with 45 home runs and 204 RBI.

His tenure in Detroit was overshadowed by a 50 game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal that caught up many other players. Peralta served his suspension and returned in the playoffs, hitting .333/.353/.545 in 10 playoff games for the Tigers.

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Cardinals strike a deal with the Angels

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have dealt 3B David Freese and RHP Fernando Salas to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for outfielders Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk. The most immediate effect of the deal is that it opens up third base for Matt Carpenter and, as a result, second base for prospect Kolten Wong.

Considering that Freese and Salas were widely considered to be non-tender candidates, this is quite the coup for General Manager John Mozeliak.

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