Cardinals commit with Wong’s extension

When the St. Louis Cardinals announced earlier this week that they had agreed to terms on a $25.5 million, 5 year deal with second baseman Kolten Wong, it was more than just locking up a young player who had plenty of potential. The Cardinals committed at a position that they really haven’t shown much commitment at over the past thirty or so years.

To find a second baseman who had been the Cardinals’ regular second baseman for more than three years in a row, you need to go back to the 1980s. Tom Herr did the job from 1981 until he was traded in 1988. In the 28 seasons since, only three Cardinals even have three seasons in a row as the regular second baseman: Jose Oquendo (1989 to 1991), Fernando Vina (2000 to 2002), and Skip Schumaker (2009 to 2011).

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How the Cardinals turned a strength into a weakness in four easy steps

Step 1: Waive Peter Bourjos
Step 2: Trade Jon Jay
Step 3: Lose Jason Heyward in free agency
Step 4: Have Randal Grichuk undergo sports hernia surgery

Easy peasy, right?

When the 2015 season wrapped up a month and a half ago, the Cardinals had five players on the roster that you could be comfortable with playing center field everyday. Now a week before Christmas and the only one that could go out there and play center field today is Tommy Pham. Which is ironic, considering injuries have basically defined his minor league career.

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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 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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