Final roster moves before the Rule 5 Draft

Cardinals announce the addition of OF Oscar Taveras, IF Mike O’Neill, and IF Greg Garcia to the 40-man roster. LHP John Gast and IF Jermaine Curtis removed from 40-man roster. IF Ryan Jackson has been claimed by the Houston Astros.

Chris Carpenter officially retires

John Mozeliak announces that Chris Carpenter has officially retired from baseball.

Matheny signs contract extension

Mike Matheny signed to a three year extension. Will be the Cardinals managed through the 2017 season.

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.

FIND A STARTING SHORTSTOP

I know it’s joked that I must be Clint Barmes’ agent, because nobody has ever campaigned harder for their team to acquire him than me. I’ve banged his drum the last couple times he’s been a free agent as I looked for ways for us to improve at shortstop. Coming off a rough year with the Pirates, Barmes still was impressive defensively at shortstop, which is enough for me. [click to continue…]

The Post-Mortem

104 days until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. For fans of 28 other teams, that coundown had already begun. For Cardinals’ fans, it begins now.

Last night the Red Sox did what they did all series long. Pulled a rabbit out of their hat.

The entire series they didn’t hit well. In fact, only David Ortiz had more hits than games that were played in the World Series. But they got the hits when they needed them. Something the Cardinals were unable to do.

In Game 4, it was Jonny Gomes (2-for-17) getting a home run. In Game 5, it was David Ross (3-for-16) getting a double. In Game 6, it was Shane Victorino (2-for-13) knocking a triple off the green monster with the bases loaded. [click to continue…]