Marquee names lead list of top 25 free agents

Originally posted on MLBFeed.us:

The regular season and postseason have ended, but the Hot Stove season is upon us. Here’s a top-25 list of free agents, plus a few more names to kick around in these days as teams begin to try to get better than the World Series-champion Giants.

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St. Louis Cardinals rank 2nd in ESPN’s MLB Future Power Rankings – Redbird Rants

Did not expect this high of a number.  Interesting.

Cardinals Exercise Lackey’s Option – ESPN Video – ESPN

Cardinals Exercise Lackey’s Option – ESPN Video – ESPN.

10 teams who could be Series contenders next year. | SportsonEarth.com : Anthony Castrovince Article

10 teams who could be Series contenders next year. | SportsonEarth.com : Anthony Castrovince Article.

St. Louis Cardinals Top Prospect Countdown: Prospects 50-46 | CardinalsFarm

St. Louis Cardinals Top Prospect Countdown: Prospects 50-46 | CardinalsFarm.

Report: Cubs hire Joe Maddon as manager

wannabeGM:

This is a really big deal. The division just got much harder.

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with the Rays with one season remaining and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that he’s agreed to a deal to become the Cubs’ new manager.

Chicago technically has a manager under contract in Rick Renteria, who was hired last offseason, but Maddon’s track record in Tampa Bay was apparently enough to convince president Theo Eptein and general manager Jed Hoyer to make a change.

No word yet on the money involved, but several reports had Maddon seeking a five-year, $25 million contract. An official announcement likely wouldn’t be made until after the World Series, as MLB frowns on that.

Maddon had a .517 winning percentage in nine seasons as Rays manager, including 90-plus wins in five of the last seven seasons and an overall winning percentage of .552 during that seven-year span. He leaves Tampa Bay following a disappointing 77-85 season and…

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Mike Aldrete To Leave St. Louis Cardinals For Oakland Athletics – Redbird Rants

Mike Aldrete To Leave St. Louis Cardinals For Oakland Athletics – Redbird Rants.  Matheny never used him anyway.

Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras dies in car accident

Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras dies in car accident.

Six plausible destinations for Joe Maddon. | SportsonEarth.com : Will Leitch Article

Six plausible destinations for Joe Maddon. | SportsonEarth.com : Will Leitch Article.

Rays skipper Maddon resigns, St. Louis Cardinals fans to flip out | Cheap Seats Blog | News Democrat

Rays skipper Maddon resigns, St. Louis Cardinals fans to flip out | Cheap Seats Blog | News Democrat.

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