Matt Holliday Got Screwed

There will come a time this year when Matt Holliday won’t look quite like the player he does now. He won’t have posted a 174 wRC+ in his last 39 plate appearances. He won’t be getting rave reviews from the famously fickle New York City media. He may pick up an injury or two. There will […]

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There’s Only One Acceptable Reason Not to Extend Yadier Molina

This offseason marked five years since Albert Pujols, quite possibly the greatest Cardinal ever, turned down an incomprehensibly lucrative offer to remain a Cardinal for life in favor of a slightly more incomprehensibly lucrative offer to go elsewhere. The occasion passed without much notice, but if you’ve listened closely enough, you may have heard some doubt start to seep in at […]

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The Matheny Roster Cycle Has Repeated Itself

For a moment there, right after the Fowler signing, the Cardinals actually managed to convince some of us that they weren’t going to call it an offseason. The club, wrote Derrick Goold, “could become more aggressive than previously believed, turning toward free-agent sluggers Mark Trumbo and Edwin Encarnación as possible pursuits.” Maybe such a change […]

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Dexter Fowler Is an Answer

The Cardinals were neither long nor shy in signaling one of their top priorities heading into the offseason. Days after finishing the season 17½ games back of the Cubs and one game short of a wild-card spot, John Mozeliak acknowledged—as straightforwardly as the circumlocutory bow-tie enthusiast has ever acknowledged anything—that the club would seek an upgrade in center […]

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Up in the Air

Losing the World Series doesn’t ever not suck, but if ever there were a team and fanbase set up to feel minimal disappointment over falling just short of a championship, it was Cardinal Nation circa November 2013. We’d just watched the Cards’ fourth World Series appearance in a decade and were a scant two years […]

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