St. Louis Cardinals: Old Cards Faces in Brand New Places
The St. Louis Cardinals have made a number of roster moves the past couple of off-seasons, and the organization has said goodbye to some familiar names in the process.
Over the past two free agency periods, the St. Louis Cardinals have said goodbye to more than a handful of guys that were brought up through the organization, guys who made Major League debuts with the club.
While they each had varying levels of success, and wide-ranging impacts on the club while they were here, each guy undoubtedly made a positive contribution to the organization while they were Cardinals.
In the end, it was determined that parting ways was the best option for each player, the Cardinals, or for both parties together. Whether guys decided to move on in search of more playing time, or if they were dealt to acquire more talent in line with the Cardinals’ needs at the time, it is never easy seeing a player go that you watched develop through the Cardinal system.
Now is an opportunity to reflect on a number of less-celebrated Cardinals of the past couple of seasons and to appreciate the time that they put in with the club.
Consider this piece as an extension of types on the check-in I did with Joe Kelly and Allen Craig. I will look back on each guy’s time with the Cardinals. Then, I will give a break down of where each guy ended up ahead of 2016. I will end with an outlook of what the coming season might hold.
For starters, let’s check out former Cardinal catcher Tony Cruz.
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