In just four months, accidents have taken the lives of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, Royals ace Yordano Ventura and ex-MLBer Andy Marte. Where does the game go from here?
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Flaherty makes Law's Top 100
Jack Flaherty has all the elements you'd want to see in a 200-inning, mid-rotation starter, Keith Law writes. How does the Cardinals prospect fare in Law's rankings? 2017 prospect rankings (Insider)
Looking ahead to the 2018 HOF ballot
Among notable first-timers on the ballot will be Chipper Jones, Scott Rolen, Andruw Jones, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel.
As the world champion Cubs and a group of playoff contenders in this tier prove, you can win without sacrificing your farm system.
What would Cards say off the record?
If you gave truth serum to the executives of all 30 MLB teams, what might you hear? Buster Olney believes the Cardinals would admit injuries are the only way they feel they can catch the Cubs in the NL Central. Front-office truths (Insider)
Will Alex Reyes step up in 2017?
Purely on talent, Reyes might be the Cardinals' best or second-best starter, ranking with Carlos Martinez, Tony Blengino writes. Despite their pitching depth, the Cards might be best served to have the 22-year-old in their rotation. MLB players ready to improve (Insider)
Cardinals among MLB's best teams
The addition of Dexter Fowler should make the Cards a much more well-rounded team. However, not having a superstar on the roster could pose a problem. Where does St. Louis rank on Buster Olney's list? Top teams (Insider)
What was long a source of consistency is no longer guaranteed. The Cardinals need four X factors in their rotation to step up in 2017.
Cards should boast feared batting order
Buster Olney notes that the addition of Dexter Fowler typifies St. Louis' return to position players who emphasize athleticism and defense. Top 2017 lineups (Insider)
The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to one-year contracts with relief pitchers Trevor Rosenthal and Kevin Siegrist and also reached a deal with first baseman Matt Adams.
Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer
Trevor Rosenthal had easily his worst season (4.46 ERA and 1.909 WHIP) and lost the closer job, but got an $800,000 raise, to $6.4 million. Arbitration works well for players.
Cardinals bullpen in Olney's top 10
Seung Hwan Oh, a star in his first season with the Cards, is positioned at the back end of a group that includes left-hander Kevin Siegrist and right-hander Jonathan Broxton. There's also the addition of southpaw Brett Cecil. Where does St. Louis' relief corps rank on Buster Olney's list? Top bullpens (Insider)
In today's free-agent market, instead of signing Brandon Moss, teams are looking for the next Brandon Moss.
Cardinals on the cusp of Olney's top 10
If St. Louis can make some defensive improvements, Mike Leake could take the Cardinals' rotation from good to great, writes Buster Olney. Top rotations (Insider)
Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer
Former All-Star pitcher Mark Mulder apparently is not impressed by my Greek god like physique!!
Is Yadier Molina baseball's best catcher?
Molina continues to be one of the best and most durable catchers, and he needs 407 hits for 2,000 in his career, which might be the magic number for a player regarded as perhaps the greatest-ever defender at his position. Where does he rank on Buster Olney's list? Top catchers (Insider)
It's about that time again
Spring training is nearly here! Cardinals pitchers and catchers will begin workouts in Jupiter, Fla. on Feb. 14 and will be joined by the full squad on Feb. 17.
Piscotty among Olney's top right fielders
At age 26, Stephen Piscotty is firmly established in the big leagues, with almost 1,000 plate appearances and a career OPS of .815. Where does he rank on Buster Olney's list? Top right fielders (Insider)
With Matt Holliday gone and Yadier Molina getting older, St. Louis is counting on its young sluggers to help make it a World Series contender again.
Fowler among Olney's top center fielders
Dexter Fowler missed a month's worth of games with the Cubs last season due to injury, but still reached base 215 times and brought power, speed and patience. He should be an asset to the Cardinals' lineup in 2017. Where does he rank on Buster Olney's list. Top center fielders (Insider)
Cards rank in the middle of the pack
The Cardinals found their center fielder and leadoff man in Dexter Fowler and also signed lefty reliever Brett Cecil. There's concern about the starting rotation and possible declines of Yadier Molina and Jhonny Peralta, who are both 34. Bowden: Midwinter Power Rankings (Insider)
Going toe-to-toe with the world champs doesn't appear to be in the cards for the Cards, but that doesn't mean St. Louis can't make noise in October.
Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer
It's the 1st All-Unemployed team of 2017! 1B) Mike Napoli 2B) Chase Utley SS) Erick Aybar 3B) Luis Valbuena LF) Brandon Moss CF) Michael Bourn RF) Jose Bautista DH) Mark Trumbo C) Matt Wieters
As the postseason showed, great relief means more than just notching saves in the ninth. These pen men shut down hitters whenever they pitch.
Who could be the Cardinals' Ben Zobrist?
Matt Carpenter is set to start at first base for St. Louis next season, but his experience at second and third shouldn't be discounted when Matt Adams is given a start. A Zobrist for every team (Insider)
Cardinals @ Marlins
Roger Dean Stadium - Sat 2/25