Rumor Check: Jon Lester

Jim Bowden suggested on Twitter last night¬†that the St. Louis Cardinals have joined the pursuit of free agent LHP Jon Lester. He cited a “club source.” The other clubs that are reportedly already in the running are the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, and Atlanta Braves.

This would certainly contradict the notion that after yesterday’s acquistion of Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden that the Cardinals would be done with major moves. Does John Mozeliak have something else up his sleeve?

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Offseason Priority: Right Field

The off season officially begun this morning as free agents are now able to openly negotiate with all teams. The Cardinals got things started yesterday as they named David Bell the team’s new bench coach and made some 40 man roster adjustments. They now have five places on the 40 man roster, enough to add some players and, according to team owner Bill Dewitt Jr from a few weeks ago, enough money to do the same.

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Exit Interview: Peter Bourjos

2014 Major League Stats: .231/.294/.348, 4 HR, 24 RBI in 119 games
2015 Role: Bench for the St. Louis Cardinals

After a dismal 2013 by the Cardinals’ center fielder Jon Jay, the organization decided that they needed some insurance, so they acquired Peter Bourjos in a trade that included Randal Grichuk and sent the Angels David Freese and Fernando Salas. It was a trade that gave fans a lot to talk about, especially whether or not Bourjos could reproduce his 2011 season at the plate.

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Exit Interview: Jaime Garcia

2014 Major League Stats: 4.12, 7 G, 43.2 IP, 1.05 WHIP
2014 Minor League Stats: 5.14 ERA, 2 G, 7 IP, 1.29 WHIP
2015 Role: Starting Pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals

Another season, another year of disappointment from Jaime Garcia. After signing a 4 year, $27 million deal before the 2012 season, Garcia seemed poised to be a regular for the Cardinals. Instead, as he enters the final year of that deal, he has made just 36 Major League starts under it and pitched just 220 innings.

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Exit Interview: Oscar Taveras

2014 Major League Stats: .239/.278/.312, 3 HR, 22 RBI in 80 G
2014 Minor League Stats:
.318/.370/.502, 8 HR, 49 RBI in 62 G in AAA

After an injury plagued 2013, Oscar Taveras had trouble getting up to speed in Spring Training this year. As a result, the #3 prospect in baseball found himself headed to Memphis once again. He played well in Memphis, which caused a lot of furor among fans who felt he could really boost a slumping St. Louis offense.

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