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Cardinals acquire Zach Duke

As I tweeted Sunday morning, “Good news: The Cardinals acquired a left handed pitcher from the White Sox. Bad news: It wasn’t Chris Sale.” But it really wasn’t bad news at all. The Cardinals acquired left-handed reliever Zach Duke in exchange for minor league outfielder Charlie Tilson.

Duke, 33, has a 2.63 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in an America League leading 53 relief appearances this season. He has a 159 ERA+ which would slot him in third in the Cardinals’ bullpen behind Seung-hwan Oh (240 ERA+) and Kevin Siegrist (165 ERA+).

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Optioning Wong was the best call

I had a piece outlined for today that was going to argue that optioning Kolten Wong to Memphis was not only the best decision for the Cardinals to make to create room for Jhonny Peralta‘s return, but the only one that really made sense. The two other obvious possibilities for the Cardinals were Greg Garcia and Jeremy Hazelbaker. But then Mo had to go and ruin it as the team announced that Wong was headed for Memphis with Peralta expected to be recalled tomorrow.

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Opening Day Minor League Rosters

The Cardinals’ full season minor league affiliates start their seasons tonight and ahead of that comes the roster announcements. Here’s the way the rosters stack up for the full season affiliates

Memphis Redbirds (AAA)

Pitchers (14): John Church, Juan Gonzalez, Jeremy Hefner, Dean Kiekhefer*, Thomas Lee, Deck McGuire, Arturo Reyes, Ryan Sherriff, Miguel Socolovich*, J.C. Sulbaran, Sam Tuivailala*, Justin Wright, Heath Wyatt

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Cardinals add Gyorko, solidify middle infield

John Mozeliak pulled off his first move of the winter meetings in typical John Mozeliak style. All was quiet, until it happened. That move would be adding infielder Jedd Gyorko and cash from the San Diego Padres in exchange for outfielder Jon Jay. And at first glance, it seems like a great deal for the Cardinals.

Middle infield depth was something that Mozeliak spoke of needing to find this offseason to help handle the duties at second base and shortstop. Both Kolten Wong and Jhonny Peralta saw their usage skyrocket this season as a result of the struggling offense and injury plagued roster. As a result, their performances slipped heavily in the second half of the season.

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Cardinals make a deal; add Brandon Moss

The St. Louis Cardinals made it official this morning that they have acquired 1B/OF Brandon Moss from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for LHP Rob Kaminsky. This makes the third consecutive season that the Cardinals and Indians have made a deal, acquiring Justin Masterson in 2014 and minor league infielder Juan Herrera in 2013.

It took Cardinals’ GM John Mozeliak less than 12 hours after Matt Holliday aggravated his quad injury for him to pull the trigger on a deal to add a bat to the lineup.

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