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Cardinals news and notes: Molina, Edmonds, the draft

Some bad news, and then some other stuff

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VEB Recap:

Molina undergoes another thumb surgery: Might as well get the worst news over with first

The ridiculousness of Jim Edmonds being removed from the HOF ballot: Edmonds belongs in the Hall of Fame, but he may fall off the ballot in his first year of eligibility.

A lineup with no superstars: Ben Godar shows that the Cardinals are devoid of a high-end position player for the first time in a very long time.

2016 Draft Preview Episode 0.1: The Red Baron's draft previews are back! Baron says the draft is deep, and The Cardinals currently have three picks in the top ~40, so this is a great year for VEB to stay up to date on the draft.

Other Cardinals news:

Pena among players welcomed home in Cuba: This is a good story.

In Division:

Reds trade Frasier: I think we can all happily agree the Reds should have made this move at last year's deadline, as they would have got a much bigger haul.

Nationals, Reds Discussing Brandon Phillips Trade: Brandon Phillips'  10 and 5 rights complicates things.

The Cubs as the best team in baseball: Just in case you weren't tired of hearing/reading about the Cubs yet.

Other Baseball News:

MLB's next frontier: Injury prevention: Great article on how teams are trying predict injury risk and learn how to best prevent it in the future.

Bartolo Colon signs one year deal with Mets for $7.25M: 43 and still going, Way to go Bartolo! He also is currently the last Expo remaining, as Maicer Izturis' option was declined by the Jays and is currently not with any MLB club.

The Hall of Fame's bullpen problem: Billy Wagner and Trevor Hoffman become Hall of Fame eligible and join Lee Smith on the ballot.