This morning the Cardinals finally made a move to help the bullpen by acquiring John Axford from the Brewers for a player to be named later. Axford will help as an closer and middle relief. With Axford in the mix the Cardinals are planning for a push to win the Central with him. Still throwing at 96 mph he gives the Cardinals an edge. Axford happens to do well in Busch Stadium in which he has a 9 for 9 save opportunity. He has a 1.69 ERA in 16 games in St.Louis. The Cardinals will pay the rest of his salary and will have control over him for the next two years. I do like this move but I still feel the Cardinals need a starting pitcher with Westbrook possibly being out for the rest of the season.
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This is something I hate to ignore especially when getting an email from someone that is a reliable source. The Cardinals are trying to make a deal for Dan Haren. Lets rewind back to December 18, 2004 when the Cardinals made an regrettable trade by sending Dan Haren, Kiko Calero and Daric Barton to the Athletics for Mark Mulder. I really despised that trade but with this news the Cardinals could bring him back to replace Jake Westbrook that is suffering with back problems. Haren has been pretty good of late. He has improved to a 8-11 record so far. The Nationals did place Dan Haren on waivers back on August 8, he was actually put on revocable waivers in which any team could claim Haren. Haren would become a free agent in 2014. I would like this move. Haren could help the Cardinals to get deep into the play offs. I sure hope this happens.
This morning I received a press release from the Cardinals that Mike Shannon’s surgery to replace a aortic valve was a success and now he is recovering and taking it easy. This news surprised me, I had no idea he was having heart problems. Here is the full media report I received.
With the promotion of Kolten Wong up to the majors and Matt Carpenter moving over to thirdbase, I begin to wonder if David Freese time with the Cardinals is at the end of its road. This afternoon Ken Rosenthal reported that with the Cardinals bringing up Wong could be the first step the Cards to make to trade away David Freese. At this time Freese’s production numbers are pretty low. He is at 6 HRs, 43 RBIs and batting at .265. The Cardinals do have control over him till 2015. I would tend to think it would be in the best interest for the Cardinals to try and make a waiver deal with him to another team instead of trying to move him in the off season. This off season the market for third basemen is pretty thin. I am sure some teams would want to make a move for him. I would love to see another strong starting pitcher to help this team get into the post season. My dream would to see happen is David Freese to the Phillies for Cliff Lee. Well, I can dream.
I was so happy to see this announcement! The Cardinals have decided to call him up for the weekend series against the Cubbies. I was hoping to see him for the September call ups, but it looks like the Cardinals see the urgency for help. Wong has hit .303 in 107 games this season for the Redbirds, hitting 10 home runs and driving in 45 runs. He also has 20 stolen bases on the season. His production for the Redbirds should continue on with the big team. With the Cardinals sitting two games behind the Pirates and the Reds nipping on the Cardinals heals, Wong should help spark the Cardinals. Adron Chambers will be sent down Memphis to make room for Kolten. He will also wear # 16. I am definitely looking forward to this series with the Cubs.
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Some big changes going on with Jim Edmonds restaurant 15 Steakhouse. First of all it will close its doors August 31but will reopen as Precinct later in the year. Precinct will cater to the employees at the new police headquarters on Olive Street. So what will Edmonds do next? His new venture will be very different from his 15. Edmonds Parkside Grill will occupy the Clayton space at Brentwood Boulevard and Bonhomme Avenue that was formerly home to Finale and, before that, Smith & Slay’s. Not sure when his new Parkside Grill will open.