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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Cards make last moves before Rule 5 Draft

During their afternoon press conference to announce Mike Matheny‘s extension, General Manager John Mozeliak also announced that the Cardinals have added Oscar Taveras, Mike O’Neill, and Greg Garcia to the 40 man roster. They have also cut John Gast, Jermaine Curtis, and Ryan Jackson. While Gast and Curtis have been outrighted to the minors, Jackson was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros.

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Being the GM

Each and every off season I like to ask myself what I would do if I were the GM of the St. Louis Cardinals.  I look at what I perceive to be the team’s weaknesses and find ways to go about reinforcing those weaknesses.

Going into this offseason, I see two main priorities for the Cardinals as they attempt to return to the World Series for the third time in four years. First, find a starting shortstop. Second, remodel the bench.

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