Do spring training “competitions” even exist?

Over the last month we’ve watched as spring training positional battles take place on the field. We tell ourselves that these games and the players’ performance on the field will directly impact the decisions being made ten days from now as the Cardinals trim the roster to 25 players to take to Chicago.

Well, we’re fooling ourselves. I believe that these decisions were effectively made before the players even reported to spring training back in February. The only question to be answered by spring training? Who would be healthy on April 5th.

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Rotation questions still loom

For Cardinals fans, Spring Training was supposed to bring answers to the questions about the St. Louis Cardinals’ rotation. Who was going to replace Shelby Miller in the rotation? Would Adam Wainwright’s postseason surgery slow him down any? Will Lance Lynn back up his 2014 pitching performance? Is Jaime Garcia finally healthy?

But now with just 13 days remaining until the 2015 season opens up in Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs, the Cardinals’ rotation may still have more questions than answers.

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Can Baseball take advantage of Football?

Earlier this past week, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland made waves in the sports world when he announced that he was retiring from the NFL. No big deal. Players retire all the time, you’re probably telling yourself. Except that Borland was 24 years old and led the 49ers defense in tackles last season as a rookie. He threw in a sack and a couple interceptions too.

Borland would go on to tell ESPN’s Outside the Lines that his goal in retiring was to protect himself against the risks of future brain injury as a result of playing football. Many have made an attempt to dismiss Borland and minimize the gravity of the decision he made. Yes, another player will stand up to take his place. Yes, people will continue to play football. Time will tell whether he is an outlier or the tip of an iceberg.

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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 this winter. Rebounding from a dismal 2013 season, Jon Jay reclaimed what had been his by providing the Cardinals a quality offensive season and a plus defensive season. After a long contract negotiation, Jay finally agreed to terms on a new two year deal that bought out his two remaining arbitration years, but what exactly we’ll get from Jay this year is open for debate, and has been the subject of much of it.

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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 have been the first by the Cardinals since 1999. However, the streak has been kept alive.

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