Things Are On Track to Get Even Worse

As the 2016 season got underway, the Cardinals were feeling disrespected. Yes, they’d suffered a portentous NLDS loss to the Cubs the previous October, and then stumbled through a disappointing offseason, but from the top of the organization on down, they were adamant that they wouldn’t be relinquishing their NL Central crown without a fight. […]

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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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Picking Up Jaime García’s Option Was Automatic

ARMAGEDDON — Within an eleven-hour period, approximately eight of which you slept through, the bad guys won the World Series and the Cardinals responded by handing their bumbling cultist manager a three-year extension. A half hour later, amid a storm of (justified) pessimism, Jaime García’s $12 million option for 2017 was exercised. Whatever else the […]

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