St. Louis Cardinals: Offseason Personnel Plan

Posted: 18th October 2009 by Joel Koch in MLB
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The St. Louis Cardinals enter the offseason in a frustrated, yet excited state. They were just swept out of the playoffs. Matt Holliday, Mark DeRosa, Joel Pineiro, Rick Ankiel, and John Smoltz enter free agency. Tony La Russa and the entire coaching staff are free agents. But, the Cardinals did make the playoffs for the first time since 2006, and have a great base of young talent brewing. Decisions, decisions. What should the Cardinals do? I am here to help. First off, the Cardinals need to break from tradition and not go down to the wire with their arbitration eligible players. They will have two players that are eligible for arbitration, and both need to be signed right away. Skip Schumaker, who enters his first year of arbitration, and Ryan Ludwick, in his second, are this year's arbitr ...

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