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The Cardinals still should not sign Dexter Fowler

Despite updated rumors, the Cardinals should look elsewhere when trying to improve for the 2017 season.

Gauging the trade value of first baseman Matt Adams

With Matt Carpenter slated for first base, could Matt Adams be part of a package to improve the Cardinals at other positions?

the cardinals are doing things!

Decisions are being made.

Break the bank for Kenley Jansen

With money to spend this offseason, the St. Louis Cardinals should break the bank for Kenley Jansen.

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Cardinals expected to sign extension with Carlos Martinez

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YES YES YES YES YES DO IT DO IT DO ITTTTTTTT I mean, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch in his weekly chat both the Cardinals and Carlos Martinez have expressed interesting in inking an extension as the right-hander is set to enter his first year of arbitration. In 2016, his age twenty-four season, El Gallo was good for 3.4 fWAR, 3.04 ERA, and 3.61 FIP. He posted the lowest strikeout rate of his career as a starter at 21.5%, but coupled that with the highest groundball rate of his career at 56.4%. Carlos is also very active in the St. Louis community, visiting local schools and providing aid to families in need through his foundation, Tsunami Waves. The foundation has also hosted several fundraisers in the area to help children locally and in the Dominican Republic. Carlos Martinez is a rising star, becoming a pillar of the community, and is a wonderful clubhouse presence. SIGN THE MAN, DO IT NOW!

The 2015 Blue Jays as prototype for the Cardinals

Last year's Toronto Blue Jays had an underwhelming record compared to their underlying stats at the deadline. What lessons can this year's Cardinals learn from the 2015 Jays?

The boring trade deadline case for Fernando Salas

The Cardinals are unlikely to win the NL Central and may not win a Wild Card berth, so a low-cost acquisition like Fernando Salas may be a safe bet for the franchise.

Should the Cardinals trade for Nick Ahmed?

Following Jhonny Peralta's thumb injury, the Cardinals have been linked to the young Diamondbacks shortstop.

Should the Cardinals pursue David Freese?

The sentimental angle of a reunion of the World Series hero and his hometown team is obvious, but is there also an on-field argument for a David Freese return to St. Louis?

Should the Cardinals have bought/sold on closers?

It was an off-season full of big-name bullpen movement, but the Cardinals stood pat. Should they have?

Stephen Piscotty as an untouchable Cardinals asset

After only 256 plate appearances, Stephen Piscotty has displayed enough potential that the Cardinals should be reluctant to include him in future trade offers.

The great free agent outfield debate continues

With Justin Upton and Yoenis Cespedes still on the market, the question of whether the Cardinals should get in on the action persists.

How the hacking scandal impacts the offseason

The Cardinals will likely be punished by MLB as a result of the hacking scandal. How should that alter their offseason plans?

Cardinals sign Seung Hwan Oh to one-year deal

The Cardinals announced the signing of Seung Hwan Oh to a one-year contract with a club option for a second year. Oh's addition to the roster puts the 40-man roster at 39 players.

Cardinals close to signing Korean Seung Hwan Oh

Korean free-agent reliever Seung Hwan Oh aka Final Boss aka Stone Buddha, is headed to the United States, and according to Daniel Kim, pending a physical, he will be a St. Louis Cardinal.

As market slows, Justin Upton a possible target?

Since Jason Heyward signed with the Cubs, the outfield market has moved slowly. Justin Upton is the best outfielder available. Could the Cardinals take advantage?

Evaluating Rockies outfielders past and present

As Larry Walker's Hall of Fame candidacy demonstrates, baseball often does a poor job of adjusting for the effect of playing at the high altitudes of Coors Field.

Cardinals Opening Day Payroll up to $138 million

With the signing of Mike Leake, the Cardinals have now upped payroll for next season. Is there any more room?

News and notes: The Wizard, weather, and Big Mac

At VEB we're dishing on old greats and whether the Cardinals should be interested in the Rockies' outfield.

What we are saying about the Mike Leake Contract

With Mike Leake's addition to the 40-man roster, the Cardinals are up to 38 roster spots filled. Here is what VEB is saying about the Cardinals big signing.

Mike Leake: A lukewarm take

It's hard to find a lot of value when you're shopping retail, but that doesn't mean you've made a bad purchase.

Cardinals news and notes: A Mike Leake Festivus

The Cardinals made their biggest free agent splash yet, and some on Viva El Birdos had their Airing of Grievances a day early.

How big of a rotation upgrade is Mike Leake?

Mike Leake has been a steady performer since his 2010 MLB debut, but is he a considerable improvement over in-house rotation candidates?

Cardinals sign Mike Leake to five-year contract

The Cardinals have missed on their biggest free agent targets, but did sign starter Mike Leake, to a reported five-year, $80 million contract with a mutual option for a sixth year.

Christmas shopping: Is that Kazmir?

A crowded free agency pool could help the Cardinals land Scott Kazmir at a good price.

Mike Matheny takes issue with Jason Heyward

Jason Heyward made some comments when he signed with the Cubs about Chicago's young core versus the Cardinals' aging veterans. Mike Matheny did not appreciate those comments.

Cards news/notes: Odorizzi, the podcast, and more

It was another slow weekend of Cardinals action, but a rumored acquisition and a rumored job change gave fans plenty to mull.

News and notes: Yadi, Piscotty, and Tsunamy

They might no longer be in the driver's seat, but the Cardinals are still poised to be a contender in 2016.

Cardinals reportedly after Mike Leake

The Cardinals have been shut out of free agency thus far, but are reportedly pursuing Mike Leake.

Losing a draft pick should not deter the Cardinals

Although an abundant supply of first-round picks sounds appealing, the Cardinals should still keep an eye on the present.

Cards targets: Wei-Yin Chen versus Scott Kazmir