Skip to content

Cardinals will be back … and often

Oct 31, 2013, 12:24 AM EDT

michael wacha fenway getty Getty Images

It’s going to be a somber plane ride back to St. Louis for the Cardinals following Wednesday night’s World Series ouster at Fenway Park, but these birds will be playing on big stages for years and years to come.

There may not be a team in baseball that is better-poised for an extended run of future success.

Adam Wainwright is an established ace and under contract through 2018. Michael Wacha has all the tools to join Wainwright in that elite category, and Shelby Miller would have been a National League Rookie of the Year shoe-in if not for Marlins young stud Jose Fernandez. Carlos Martinez could join Wainwright, Wacha and Miller in the St. Louis starting rotation in 2014 and Joe Kelly, Lance Lynn and Jaime Garcia are just a few of the organization’s other starting pitching options. Trevor Rosenthal — the club’s current fireballing young closer — has said publicly that he wants an opportunity to be a starter.

And that’s just the rotation. Kevin Siegrist, a 24-year-old lefty, is a rising star in the Cardinals’ bullpen. Seth Maness, a 25-year-old righty, posted a 2.32 ERA over his first 62 major league innings this season. John Axford, who found new life after arriving in St. Louis via a waiver trade, is eligible for salary arbitration. Jason Motte should be recovered from his Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery around early May.

Matt Holliday is locked in through at least 2016, Yadier Molina is locked in through at least 2017 and Allen Craig signed a big extension this past spring that can keep him in St. Louis through 2018. Matt Carpenter emerged as an MVP candidate this summer and top outfield prospect Oscar Taveras is ready to step in for Carlos Beltran, who is all but certain to accept a multi-year contract elsewhere in free agency. Exciting second base prospect Kolten Wong has the look of a future major league regular and could claim a starting job as early as 2014 if the Cardinals move Carpenter to third base and part ways with the arbitration-eligible David Freese. Don’t forget imposing slugger Matt Adams, who flashed game-changing power this year.

The Cardinals are stacked with good, young talent and have more than $30 million in player salaries coming off the books this winter between Beltran, Rafael Furcal, Chris Carpenter and Jake Westbrook.

The only real hole is at shortstop — and maybe center field — and the Cardinals will have the budget to make a major upgrade there. The most-storied franchise in the National League will write many more chapters.

Latest Posts
  1. Kris Bryant in lineup after leaving Sunday’s game with dizziness

    Aug 3, 2015, 6:58 PM EDT

    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 25:  on July 25, 2015 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Getty Images

    Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant was forced to exit Sunday’s game against the Brewers after feeling dizzy on a hard slide into second base, but he’s back in the starting lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Pirates.

  2. Carter Capps lands on disabled list with elbow strain

    Aug 3, 2015, 6:01 PM EDT

    MIAMI, FL - JULY 12: Carter Capps #22 of the Miami Marlins pitches during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park on July 12, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) Getty Images

    Capps has quietly been one of the game’s most dominant relievers this season.

  3. Yordano Ventura apologizes to Jose Bautista

    Aug 3, 2015, 4:27 PM EDT

    150803 yordano ventura

    He is now calling Jose Bautista “a good man and a great human being.”

  4. David Price shines in his Blue Jays debut

    Aug 3, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT

    Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 3.56.25 PM AP

    The newest Blue Jay struck out 11 in eight innings of work.

  5. Joe Panik goes on Giants’ disabled list with back injury

    Aug 3, 2015, 3:45 PM EDT

    joe panik getty Getty Images

    Panik’s breakout season has been put on hold.

  6. A’s claim Danny Valencia off waivers from Blue Jays

    Aug 3, 2015, 3:06 PM EDT

    Danny Valencia Getty Getty Images

    Dating back to 2013 he’s hit .337 with a .900 OPS off lefties.

  7. A.J. Burnett has a strained flexor tendon. Could pitch again this year.

    Aug 3, 2015, 2:43 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett A.J. Burnett

    It’s not necessarily likely, but since it isn’t a torn UCL there’s at least a chance he could make it back.

  8. White Sox call up Klay Thompson’s brother, outfield prospect Trayce Thompson

    Aug 3, 2015, 1:47 PM EDT

    Trayce Thompson White Sox Getty Images

    He’s spent this season at Triple-A, batting .260 with 13 homers and 11 steals.

  9. The Marlins are screwing over one of their players… again

    Aug 3, 2015, 1:30 PM EDT

    Marcell Ozuna AP

    Time for a little Loria bashing to brighten up your Monday.

  10. David Price makes his Toronto debut this afternoon

    Aug 3, 2015, 12:41 PM EDT

    David Price

    Not a bad draw for him, as he has owned the Twins this season.

  11. Mike Matheny admits that players’ contracts matter when it comes to assigning bullpen roles

    Aug 3, 2015, 10:30 AM EDT

    Trevor Rosenthal AP

    Using your closer in the seventh or eighth inning may be a good idea, but Mike Matheny says that it’s not that simple.

  12. Yordano Ventura calls Jose Bautista a “nobody” and accuses him of stealing signs

    Aug 3, 2015, 9:08 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista AP

    Ventura went after the Jays’ slugger on Twitter, but then deleted the tweets.

  13. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 3, 2015, 5:00 AM EDT

    Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 11.47.24 PM AP

    Lots of walkoffs, lots of guys throwing at other guys and, oh yeah, the Mets are in first place.

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. C. Gomez (5712)
  2. C. Hamels (5048)
  3. T. Tulowitzki (4986)
  4. Y. Cespedes (4353)
  5. D. Price (3815)
  1. M. Trout (3580)
  2. G. Parra (3478)
  3. B. Revere (3478)
  4. M. Latos (3411)
  5. J. Reyes (3406)