Cards Have Interest in Drew?

Yesterday the Oakland A’s announced that they will not ecercise their option on shortstop Stephen Drew. Soon after the St.Louis Radio Air waves had talk of the Cardinals may have interets in
Stephen Drew. I started to wonder why? Do the Cardinals have reason to sign Drew because of Furcal may not be ready at the start of spring training in 2013?  and what about Pete Kozma? He had some key hits for us but such sloppy defense certainly hurt us. Comparing Drew and Furcal with their defensive skills, it shows Drew with less errors in the past two seasons compared to Furcal. Drew’s hitting skills has gone down since 2008 when he had 21HRS…67RBIs and hitting .291. I would take a one year contract with Drew to see what he can do. He could be a better shortstop for us than Furcal or Kozma but personally I would rather get a second baseman instead.

MLB Dates, Free Agency, and Hot Stove Begins

Now that the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, we can concentrate on whats next. Here are the dates that MLB has out for free  agency, dates of awards, …etc.

Immediately after the World Series

Eligible players become free agents

Sixth day after completion of World Series

First day that Major League and Minor League free agents may sign contracts with teams other than their former clubs

12th day after completion of World Series

Midnight ET, last date for a player to accept arbitration from former club

November 12, 2012

AL and NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards announced

November 13, 2012

AL and NL Managers of the Year announced

November 14, 2012

AL and NL Cy Young Award winners announced

November 15, 2012

AL and NL Most Valuable Players announced

November 15-19, 2012

World Baseball Classic Qualifier 3 in Panama City, Panama (Brazil, Colombia, Nicaragua, Panama)

November 15-18, 2012

World Baseball Classic Qualifier 4 in New Taipei City, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand)

November 30, 2012

Midnight ET, last date to tender contracts

December 3-6, 2012

Baseball Winter Meetings, Nashville, Tenn.

December 6, 2012

Rule 5 Draft, Nashville, Tenn.

March 2-6, 2013

World Baseball Classic, First Round
Pool A – Fukuoka, Japan (Fukuoka Dome): Japan, Cuba, China, Qualifier TBD

March 2-5, 2013

World Baseball Classic, First Round
Pool B – Taichung, Taiwan (Intercontinental Stadium): Korea, Netherlands, Australia, Qualifier TBD

March 7-10, 2013

World Baseball Classic, First Round
Pool C – San Juan, Puerto Rico (Hiram Bithorn Stadium): Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Qualifier TBD

March 7-10, 2013

World Baseball Classic, First Round
Pool D – Phoenix, Ariz. (Chase Field & Salt River Fields at Talking Stick): United States, Mexico, Italy, Qualifier TBD

March 8-10, 2013

World Baseball Classic, Second Round
Pool 1 – Tokyo, Japan (Tokyo Dome)

March 12-16, 2013

World Baseball Classic, Second Round
Pool 2 – Miami, Fla. (Marlins Park)

March 17-19, 2013

World Baseball Classic, Championship Round
Finals – San Francisco, Calif. (AT&T Park)

reference from MLB

Molina Recieves Fielding Bible Award for Catching

Yadi received the defensive honor award in catching called the Fielding Bible Award. Molina isn’t new when getting this award. He also won the award in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. If your not familiar to this type of award, this is how it works. The Fielding Bible Awards are voted upon by a select panel of 10 baseball analysts, including Fielding Bible author John Dewan, Bill James and Peter Gammons. Only one player is selected at each position, different from the Rawlings Gold Glove awards, which name both an American and National League winner. The other players that recieved this award at each position includes, first baseman Mark Teixeira, second baseman Darwin Barney, third baseman Adrian Beltre, shortstop Brendan Ryan, left fielder Alex Gordon, center fielder Mike Trout, right fielder Jason Heyward, and pitcher Mark Buehrle.

Mo’ Speaks

This morning John Mozeliak opened up to the beat writers to talk about the state of the Cardinals and to announce the change to the coaching staff. All of the other coaches like McGwire, Oquendo, and Lilliquist will be offered to come back. Dyar Miller the the bullpen coach contract will not be renewed. It has been suggested that Cal Eldred might be offered the job since Matheny ans Cal are close friends.

When asked if Kyle Lohse will be back Mo’ responded, probably not. I tend to think he will bolt to the west coast to play with the Dodgers,

In regards to starting pitching Joe Kelly, Shelby Miller, Lance Lynn and Trevor Rosenthal will attend spring training to condition themselves as starters and compete for the starting pitcher position.

Intresting to hear that Skip Schumaker is not in the plans for the regular second base job. I just hope they don’t create Matt Carpenter into a second baseman. Would love to see the Cards sign Kelly Johnson instead. I also wonder if they want to go ahead and start Kolten Wong’s time as a fulltime second baseman.

He also mentioned that Oscar Tavares is not ruled out as a outfielder for the 2013 team.

source: Derrick Gould

End of a Season and 2013 Thoughts

Now that the dust has settled there are only two teams that meet tonight for the World Series. The Cardinals came home yesterday to clean out their lockers and say goodbye to one another. It was a fun season for the Cardinals, they where able to deal with injuries. With Berkman and Carpenter being out they where able to use the young Redbirds like Allen Craig, Matt Carpenter, Lance Lynn and Joe Kelly to fill the void.  With a rookie manager Mike Matheny they swam against the current during the 2012 season. The Cardinals took advantage of the new playoff format by winning the one game wildcard against the Braves and defeating the Nationals soon after. The Cardinals soon lost their charasmatic charm by losing the series to the Giants. The Cardinals seem to have lacked plate discipline and the middle infield committed way to many errors. The starting pitchers also could not last no more than 4 innings. What happen, are they a tired out team or do they need rejuveniation by replacing players? As I thought about what the Cardinals can do to change this team a lot of thoughts came to mind. I feel we may need a couple more experienced polished hitters. On the free agent list I spotted second baseman Kelly Johnson. He seems to appear once in a while on the Cardinals radar of interest. This team needs a full time second baseman. They need to put a halt to the Schumaker Experiment. It has been rumored that Skip will not be returning to the Cardinals in 2013 even though his contract ends after the 2013 season. Johnson is a left handed batter with some power but can drive in runs. His defense lacks consistency but he has kept it down to 11 errors this season. For first base I truly believe we need to spend money on a free agent or make a trade. Two free agents that come to mind are Mike Napoli and James Loney. I pick James Loney he is a little younger than Napoli at the age of 28. He had some on field problems, lack of hitting and personal issues during the 2012 season. The type of player Loney is i think he would thrive as a Cardinal. He is also a left handed hitter and would be a major RBI king at Busch Stadium. With Mark McGwire as the batting coach, he could really help Loney make a come back. The pitching staff doesn’t need much help except for if Lohse departs. The logical answer would be Shelby Miller but is he ready as a major league starter? The free agent list of pitchers doen’t look so good. A trade could be a better answer. The shortstop position should stay with Furcal unless he is not able to come back from surgery, if not Pete Kozma deserves it. Well thats it, looking forward to Spring Training.

Berkman’s Return?

B.J Rains of Fox Sports Midwest reported that Lance Berkman believes he could make a return to the Cardnals if they are able to reach the World Series. Berkman has been working out and strengthing his bad right knee. The Cardinals may use him as a DH when playing in Detroit if they do make it to the World Series and off the bench when playing at home. What a way to retire if the Cardinals use him as a power source to win the World Series.

A Bet Between Two Mayors

St.Louis Mayor Francis Slay and San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee made a friendly bet that if the Giants win, Mayor Lee would send Slay some dim sum and Anchor Steam Beer. If the Cardinals win, Slay will send Lee toasted ravioli and St.Louis Style Barbque plus the best beers in St.Louis. The real kicker is that the mayor of the losing city will also change his twitter profile picture to the logo of the winning team for one day. As of today the Giants and Cards series are tied up 1-1. I predict a fun and very competitive series between both teams.

My Super Seven Cardinal Prospects

There is no doubt in my mind that the seven prospects that I am about to talk about will the majors in the next five years, not all of them but a few will find their way to the big club.

1. Oscar Tavarez is at this time the Cardinals organization hot item. Oscar can hit at any level. I was told he gave Texas League pitchers problems. His batting line at Springfield reads like this, 23HR…94RBIs…37Doubles….321BA. Very imprressive. Tavarez has also made the MLB list of top 100 prospects at #13. I hope to see him soon as our starting outfielder.

2. Shelby Miller was quite a story this year. Had some problems early this year and worked through it. Made his way on the Cardinals team and now he makes his debut tonight as the starting pitcher against the Reds. I expect to see him this spring training to compete for a spot on the roster.

3. Kolten Wong another fun second baseman to watch. Kolten was sent to the futures game during this years All-Star Game in KC. With Tyler Greene gone and the possibility of Schumacher ending his career with the Cardinals after 2012, Wong could be our starting second baseman very soon.

4. Carlos Martinez has the best curve ball as a rookie in the Cardinals system hands down. I predict him to be in the Cards starting rotation in 2015.

5. Tyrell Jenkins, despite having a season ending injury to his shoulder he still makes my list. This 6’4 lanky right hander can command his pitches that are clocked in the mid-90s. His fastball reaches n the low 90s.

6. Trevor Rosenthal was promoted to the Cardinals for one reason only, he throws heat.. He
 has been clocked at 100, 101 and 99 mph. Would love to see him a part of the rotation for 2013 if the Cards don’t sign Lohse.

7. Matt Adams came up when Lance Berkman went down at the beginning of this season. Had a decent stop up here in the bigs but fell hard when developing soreness in his elbow. Still a promising career but the Cardinals maybe looking at him as a trading chip.

Garcia Taken Off Playoff Roster

According to the Cardinals Beat Writer Joe Strauss Jaime Garcia did the unthinkable. He pitched in Game 2 knowing that he was hurt. Apprently this peeved off some of his team mates. A recent MRI discovered a strained rotator cuff and inflamation. So Garcia’s pitching spot will be given to Lance Lynn and Shelby Miller is called up to take his spot on the roster. As of today, I am not sure when Garcia will be back. The Cardinals will be entering Game Three tomorrow at Nationals Park at high noon. Carpenter will be facing Edwin Jackson. Recently the Cardinals have been named favorites to make the 2012 World Series according to ESPN.

Source: Joe Strauss and ESPN