Not Much Longer!
By Mike King
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The holidays are over, no more shopping, holiday parties or family get togethers to focus on. While most of the country is dealing with extremely low temperatures and snow, we can now turn our attention to the fact we only have 41 more days till pitchers and catchers report for the St. Louis Cardinals!
I don’t know if you heard or not, but the Cardinals made some news over the past few weeks in signing a free agent pitcher by the name of Angel Castro. I know what your saying, who is that? Well he is 33 year old career minor leaguer most recently from the Dodger organization. His role for the Cardinals is just minor league pitching depth and starter for the AAA team. . Keep in mind the Cardinals are soon to be the owners for the AAA team in Memphis, so they are involved in making sure that not only does AAA get the young talent ready, but need to run it as a business as well.
Since that is really the only direct news affecting our Cardinals, you might have noticed the Angels have continued stocking up on former Red Birds with the addition of Mark Mulder. Yes that same guy who pitched in a total of three games in both 2007 and 2008 combining for 12 innings. That was the last time he pitched at the MLB level. Six years later he is attempting a come back.
The speculation continues as to what the Cardinals are going to do with their excess back up infielders and out fielders. There is not going to be room for all of these players on the 25 man roster once the regular season starts so decisions need to be made and moves will be made. There is absolutely no rush for the GM John Mozeliak to make any moves until spring training is well under way, he will only make a move if it makes a lot of sense for the Cardinals. With the likes of Shane Robinson, Jon Jay, Adron Chambers, Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma looking to be moved, they most likely would not bring any player that would actually be able to make the 25 man roster this year. Any deal(s) involving these players would most likely bring back lower level minor leaguers with high upside that still need time to develop and may or may not end up making it to the show down the road.
Just keep in mind as we all watch the NFL playoffs over the next few weeks that the week after the Super Bowl is when the Cardinals pitchers and catchers report. If your football team does not make it to the Super Bowl this year, feel free to break out your Cardinals hat/gear and start showing your team spirit for another season! This one promises to be just as much fun as the last few!