Author Archives: Jon Doble

About Jon Doble

Jon Doble has been writing about the St. Louis Cardinals since 2010. You can follow him on Twitter at @JonDobleRBD. He also runs a Cardinals forum called RedbirdTalk and you can listen to him host UCB Radio every fourth Wednesday night of the month. Redbird Dugout is a member of the United Cardinal Bloggers.

Will Jon Jay’s wrist open up the door for Tommy Pham?

Last spring I tweeted using the #SpringTrainingOverreactions hashtag a few times on Twitter and perhaps this article should be filed under that category too. For us fans who have had nothing to discuss all winter, except hypertheticals, it’s time to jump in and overreact based on statistics from a week of meaningless games. But why should we let that stop us. No! Center field has been the target of a lot of discussion … Continue reading

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Cardinals avoid arbitration with two year deal for Jay

The St. Louis Cardinals and Jon Jay have avoided arbitration, the team announced this afternoon. The 30-year-old center fielder agreed to terms on a 2 year deal worth $10.975 million. The deal includes a $1.25 million signing bonus, $3.5 million salary for 2015 and $6.225 million salary for 2016. The total value was originally reported by Derrick Goold. Jay and the team had been nearing an arbitration hearing, which would … Continue reading

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Cardinals add RHP Carlos Villanueva for flexibility

The Cardinals announced that they signed a minor league deal with right handed pitcher Carlos Villanueva yesterday. The former Cub looks to add versatility to the Cardinals’ options in this year’s flier signing. Villanueva, 31, played for the Cubs in each of the past two seasons and was solid in relief for them both seasons. He posted a 3.03 ERA in 39 innings of relief in 2013 and then followed … Continue reading

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Cardinals acquire catcher Michael Ohlman from Baltimore

The Cardinals announced today that they have acquired catcher Michael Ohlman from the Baltimore Orioles for cold, hard cash. Ohlman was DFA’d by the Orioles after they acquired Travis Snider last week. An 11th round pick whose whose future looked bright after a stellar 2013 where he won the Carolina League batting title. His slash line was .313/.410/.524 with 13 homers. Except this past season he was promoted to Double-A … Continue reading

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New commish would consider banning defensive shifts

Ron Manfred hasn’t been on his new job as MLB Commissioner very long and he’s already taken aim at a new trend in baseball. Defensive shifts. Manfred telling ESPN’s Karl Ravech during a sit down interview, “I think the second set of changes that I would look at is related, and that relates to injecting additional offense into the game. For example, things like eliminating shifts. I would be open … Continue reading

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