John Mozeliak and Mike Matheny need to get on the same page this winter – Viva El Birdos

John Mozeliak and Mike Matheny need to get on the same page this winter – Viva El Birdos.  This article is right on point.

St. Louis Cardinals Rumors – MLB Trade Rumors

St. Louis Cardinals Rumors – MLB Trade Rumors.

What did Mozeliak and Matheny reveal about the St. Louis Cardinals’ offseason plans during Monday’s press conference? – Viva El Birdos

What did Mozeliak and Matheny reveal about the St. Louis Cardinals’ offseason plans during Monday’s press conference? – Viva El Birdos.

Jay to have wrist surgery; Yadi, Waino prescribed rest | cardinals.com

Jay to have wrist surgery; Yadi, Waino prescribed rest | cardinals.com.

Mike Matheny to release book on managing in February of 2015 | CardinalsFarm

Mike Matheny to release book on managing in February of 2015 | CardinalsFarm.  Talk about bad timing.

Cardinals will try to trade Randy Choate this offseason

wannabeGM:

Mozeliak is making the team Matheny proof. Look for Descalso to be traded.

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

The Cardinals gave Randy Choate a three-year, $7.5 million contract in December of 2012 to be their left-handed specialist, but Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatchreports that the club “will look to move” him this offseason.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated as much in his comments to the media today, during which he said Choate was “very specialized” and that it was difficult to give him proper work during the season.

“I think we both feel that if we can upgrade there or have an additional arm to choose from, that makes sense,” Mozeliak said. “We’re certainly not ruling out Siegrist. I think in Choate’s case, for us, he’s fairly one-dimensional. That makes it difficult for us to use him, particularly during a long season.”

Choate posted a 4.50 ERA over 61 appearances this season, but he held left-handed batters to an .093/.205/.147 batting line. The 39-year-old…

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Cardinals expected to lose all five free-agents-to-be

wannabeGM:

Neshek and Motte will get multi year offers from others teams. Relievers on multi-year deals rarely pay off. See Randy Choate.

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

The Cardinals aren’t expected to retain any of the five players eligible to head into free agency, MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch writes. Only three of those players — Pat Neshek, A.J. Pierzynski, and Mark Ellis — were on the post-season roster. The other two are Jason Motte and Justin Masterson.

Their leaving won’t create a black hole in the Cardinals’ roster, however. Neshek was the most productive of the five, and relievers are quite fungible on a year-to-year basis. Replacing a back-up catcher, back-up infielder, injury-prone pitcher, and an inconsistent starter won’t be difficult. The Cardinals instead have a lot of their key players either already under contract or are otherwise under team control (arbitration-eligible or pre-arbitration).

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Mike Matheny: One-plan man – Viva El Birdos

Mike Matheny: One-plan man – Viva El Birdos.

Mike Matheny seemed in over his head in the NLCS. | SportsonEarth.com : Will Leitch Article

Mike Matheny seemed in over his head in the NLCS. | SportsonEarth.com : Will Leitch Article.

Hot Stove Season: Where the Cardinals Stand on Free Agents and Arbitration-Eligibles – Redbird Rants

Hot Stove Season: Where the Cardinals Stand on Free Agents and Arbitration-Eligibles – Redbird Rants.

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