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100-62, 1st in NL Cent
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Will Cards address lack of thumper?

Buster Olney notes St. Louis succeeded yet again in 2015 despite lacking an elite power threat. Such a bat is available in free agency in Chris Davis. MLB notes (Insider)

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Status check: Where each team stands

Jim Bowden writes that despite being the only team in baseball to win 100 regular-season games in 2015, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak needs to either re-sign Jason Heyward or bring in an impact bat like free-agent 1B Chris Davis to make a splash next season. The other 29 teams (Insider)

Can Weaver put it all together?

Luke Weaver's fastball spiked in velocity during Fall League play. Can he command his secondary pitches and live at the bottom of the strike zone? If so, he might have a future in St. Louis' rotation. Arizona Fall League recap (Insider)

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Where will Chris Davis end up signing?

Slugger Chris Davis should have an opportunity to stay with the Orioles, but he also figures to be heavily pursued by the Cardinals and Astros.

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Teams lining up for John Lackey?

Of course, the Cardinals would love to bring their ace from last season back, but they'll be facing stiff competition from other clubs. Which teams have reportedly checked in on Lackey? MLB rumors roundup

Could Chris Davis be a Cardinal? (2:07)
Will Jason Heyward get $200 million? (2:34)
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Quiet Cy Young pick on the rise in St. Louis

Cardinals hurler Carlos Martinez, 24, should be among MLB's top 35 starters next year. But since he shares a league with Clayton Kershaw, Jake Arrieta and possibly Zack Greinke, his dark horse candidacy is very dark indeed. Sleeper 2016 Cy Young picks (Insider)

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NL Manager of the Year voting

  • Joe Maddon, Cubs: 18 first-place votes, 124 points
  • Mike Matheny, Cardinals: 9 first-place votes, 87 points
  • Terry Collins, Mets: 3 first-place votes, 49 points

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Mike Matheny had it rougher than anyone

Given everything that happened to this team in 2015, the Cardinals had no business winning 100 games. The confidence Matheny instilled in his remaining players kept the Cardinals an NL Central juggernaut. Manager of the Year: The case for Matheny

Lineup help needed in St. Louis

With Jason Heyward likely to leave as a free agent, the Cardinals are looking for bats this offseason. The team has already identified another free agent as its priority, Buster Olney writes. Biggest holes on contenders (Insider)

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Should Matheny be Manager of the Year?

A panel of 25 ESPN baseball experts were asked who they think should be named NL Manager of the Year. How many votes did Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny receive? ESPN picks

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What is Heyward's projected worth?

Jason Heyward is incredible in right field. But is noteworthy outfield play paired with a decent presence at the plate worth a contract over $175 million? How much are top free agents worth? (Insider)

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How much will it take to get Lackey?

Age tends to mean much less for a pitcher than for a hitter. But, will age affect 37-year-old John Lackey's potential contract? How much are top free agents worth? (Insider)

Another year, another injured starter

Last year, it was Adam Wainright. This year, the Cards lose Lance Lynn to Tommy John surgery. How will St. Louis cope this year? "Maybe it's time to be more aggressive," said GM John Mozeliak. GM meetings takeaways

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Where will Davis mash in 2016 and beyond?

There aren't many teams in need of a first baseman, but longtime GM and ESPN Insider Jim Bowden still expects free agent Chris Davis to land a deal worth around $120M. Best fits: Orioles, Cardinals and Rockies. Top 50 FA projections (Insider)

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Jim Bowden's projection for Cueto

With his medicals checking out, Johnny Cueto's value should be boosted by his dominant performance in Game 2 of the World Series. Best fits: Royals, Giants, Cubs, Dodgers, Red Sox, Reds, Cards. Top 50 FA projections (Insider)

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Poor September won't drag down Zimmermann

Longtime GM and ESPN Insider Jim Bowden projects a $20M-per-season payday for free-agent pitcher Jordan Zimmerman. Best fits include the Cubs, Giants, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Red Sox, Astros, Yankees and Cardinals. Top 50 FA projections (Insider)

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Is there a $200M deal out there for Grienke?

Longtime GM and ESPN Insider Jim Bowden projects free agent Zack Grienke to get a 6-year contract worth about $186 million. Bowden's best fits for Grienke include the Dodgers, Giants, Red Sox, Cubs and Cardinals. Projections for Top 50 FAs (Insider)

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Expect Price to get paid

Longtime GM and ESPN Insider Jim Bowden projects David Price to become the highest-paid free-agent pitcher in history. But will his $200M-plus price tag scare off expected suitors like the Cubs, Giants, Jays, Dodgers, Red Sox and Cardinals? Top 50 FA projections (Insider)

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Heyward in his prime + Free agency = $$$$$$

What's the going rate for a five-tool, 26-year-old OF? Longtime GM and ESPN Insider Jim Bowden projects Jason Heyward to get a 9-year deal that pushes $200M. Best fits include the Yanks, Cards, Mariners, Angels, O's and Mets. Top 50 FA projections (Insider)

Should minor leaguers be suspended for marijuana use? (1:17)

2015 NL Gold Glove winning outfielders

  • LF: Starling Marte, Pirates
  • CF: A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks
  • RF: Jason Heyward, Cardinals
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Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.25312th
On Base Percentage.32113th
Slugging Percentage.39423rd
Earned Run Average2.941st
Quality Starts1061st

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