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For the first time in several seasons, the Cardinals will open Spring Training with the added roster complexity of having players out of Minor League options. In this case, there will be two, Sam Freeman and Pete Kozma, neither of whom will enter Spring Training with assurances of a place on the Major League roster.
Over the last two seasons, the Cardinals have had unbalanced production from their two middle infield spots. Their hope for the year ahead is that the two parts can lead to a greater cumulative sum.
Former Cardinals shortstop David Eckstein turned 40 on Tuesday, and he spent the day celebrating the gift of life. Eckstein comes from a family riddled with kidney failure. On Tuesday, Eckstein helped raise $40,000 to assist in the building of the new Transplant House at Florida Hospital.
Though a first-time participant at the Cardinals' Winter Warm-Up event over the weekend, the setting was plenty familiar for Bill Mueller. For this was less about introductions and more about a homecoming for the newest member of manager Mike Matheny's staff.
While his father continues to relive some of the biggest moments of Kolten Wong's young career, Wong is seeking the opportunity to repeat it. His burst of postseason power left the Cardinals curious to see if their second baseman will show more regular-season pop in his second full season.
Trevor Rosenthal may be donning a new number (44) next season, but for the first time in some time, he won't also be taking on a new role.
Returning to St. Louis for the first time since his close friend and teammate Oscar Taveras was killed in a car accident in October, Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez presented himself ready to compete for a rotation spot but also still healing from his loss.
Mike Matheny has many options to assemble a winning lineup in 2015, and the Cardinals manager hopes his club can regain some of its power after finishing last in the National League in home runs last season.
Kevin Siegrist, whose 2014 season was marred by arm injuries, is progressing through an accelerated offseason throwing program that has already had him throwing long toss, playing catch on flat ground and has his first mound session scheduled for the coming week.
Should the Cardinals refrain from adding to their rotation before the start of the season, it would serve as affirmation of their confidence in healthy seasons ahead for Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha. On Sunday, both pitchers were bullish about the forecast of staying on the field.
On the 18th day of the new year, the Cardinals dedicated time during the second day of their three-day Winter Warm-Up event to remember outfielder Oscar Taveras and announce how the organization plans to honor him this season.
Pitchers and catchers may be reporting to Spring Training on Feb. 19, but the grounds crew at the busiest complex in the Grapefruit League has been aggressively grooming the fields for months.
The Cardinals' two prominent free-agent signees -- Matt Belisle and Mark Reynolds -- received their first public welcomes to St. Louis at Saturday's Winter Warm-Up, and it was the anticipation of such a setting that lured them here in the first place.
Though reports continue to speculate of the Cardinals' interest in acquiring a top starting pitcher before Spring Training, general manager John Mozeliak stated at Saturday's Winter Warm-Up that the organization is "not actively shopping" in that portion of the market.
Though the Cardinals have not yet broached the subject of an extension with newcomer Jason Heyward, the outfielder said on Saturday that he would not be opposed to in-season negotiations if the organization chooses to pursue a longer deal.
During a stopover in St. Louis for Winter Warm-Up activites, Peter Bourjos had a follow-up visit with team orthopedist Dr. David King, who performed right hip surgery the outfielder in late October. At this most recent visit, Bourjos received the green light to resume swinging.
Though fan voting won't commence until next month, the Cards used Saturday's Winter Warm-Up platform to announce the eight modern-era candidates eligible for induction into the Cardinals Hall of Fame this summer.
After two months of debating where he'd fit in the lineup and whether he'll sign a long-term deal with St. Louis, Cardinals fans enjoyed their first opportunity to welcome new outfielder Jason Heyward to town.
Thus far unable to come to an agreement on Jon Jay's 2015 salary, the Cardinals and Jay got a better understanding of one another's expectations by exchanging salary figures on Friday. Jay, arbitration eligible for the second time, filed for $5 million, while the Cardinals submitted a $4.1 million figure.
In addition to announcing a three-year extension for starting pitcher Lance Lynn, the Cardinals finalized one-year contracts for backup catcher Tony Cruz and center fielder Peter Bourjos on Thursday. All that activity leaves Jon Jay as the only unsigned arbitration-eligible player on the Cardinals' docket.
Seeking to avoid an arbitration hearing and get cost certainty for both parties in future years, right-hander Lance Lynn and the Cardinals agreed to a three-year contract on Thursday. The value of the contract is $22 million, plus appearance incentives.
This is the second of a seven-part Around the Horn series that will take a position-by-position look at the Cardinals' projected starters and backup options heading into next season. Last week, we took a look at the catching position. Up next: corner infielders.
Is there an update on Jaime Garcia? How long is Adam Wainwright signed for, and why don't the Cardinals sign Max Scherzer? Beat reporter Jenifer Langosch addresses these questions and more in her latest Inbox.
For the second straight season, FOX Sports Midwest will broadcast 15 of the Cardinals' Grapefruit League games and then rebroadcast most of those in a primetime slot later in the day. Flagship radio station, KMOX (AM 1120), also announced that it will carry 18 spring games.
The Cardinals have added a kickoff program to their upcoming Winter Warm-Up and Cardinals Caravan weekend with Thursday's announcement of a Hot Stove LIVE! event at Ballpark Village on Jan. 16.
Ryan Franklin planned to put baseball in the rear view when he retired in 2011. Instead, he's found a niche in the Cardinals' front office.
GM John Mozeliak has suggested that any late addition would address depth purposes, giving the Cardinals another mid- to back-of-the-rotation option in case Carlos Martinez is unable to take the reins of the fifth-starter's job and to protect in case of injury. But could the Cardinals, as FOXSports.com suggested Wednesday night, be looking to go even bigger than that?
How good would the Cardinals look with Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Cole Hamels in their rotation? They certainly appear to have the prospects necessary to bring the lefty to St. Louis if they choose to make a move.
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