How All Of The Cardinals Were Acquired:
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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At the MLB Reports, we intend to show you the Roster Tree for the St. Louis Cardinals – and how they assembled their current roster for hitting and Pitching. It will work in a six degrees of separation like format.
Once we figure out the origin of how many trades going back in time it takes to see where the tree started, it will be time to dissect how the team fared on the deals.
If a player has never left the organization at all, the tree will be easy – as it will just be the year they were drafted or signed.
Stats Before the 2014 season started
Absolutely brilliant Catcher, and has an outside chance to be Hall of Famer, if he can put up some decent numbers over the course of the next 4 years.
Molina has already racked up 5 Straight NL ALL – Star Appearances – and 4 Straight Gold Glove Awards.
Craig has 3 Slashed for .306/.358/.850 in his 1291 AB during his career thus far. When you think that is just about 2 years worth of AB, it is incredible to see he has 50 HRs and has 247 RBI already in that time frame.
Plain awesome for an 8th Round Draft Pick.
This guy was as good as it gets this campaign – and registered a 4th place NL MVP Vote last year. Carpenter led the NL In Hits (199), 2B (55) and Runs Scored (126) during 2013.
His 3 Slash of .318/.392/.873 shows hen is a multi – functioning Leadoff Man. Yeah, 13th Round Pick 5 years, ago – kudos to the Scouts for finding this man. Another good reason to extend him for 6 YRs/$52 MIL
Kozma has struggled at times in his big league Career. He will be swallowed up by the young guys coming up. A Career 3 Slash of .232/298/.606 is not good enough. Is not often the St. Louis brass has been wrong on a guy.
Grichuck may be a future OF one day..This trade has yet to have enough sample size of stats to be determined.
Freese coming back to the Cards for CF Jim Edmonds is a complete steal. Not only was Freese the MVP In the 2011 NLCS, but also the World Series.
The man has an OPS north of 1.100 for the NLCS and World Series combined. The club is 6 – 1 for the Series that he has played in so far.
JIm Edmonds only hit .178 – with 1 HR for the Padres. He actually did some damage when he later signed with the Cubs in 2008, however for these purposes, the Cards ripped off San Diego for Freese.
Edmonds was awesome during his career with St. Louis: he 3 Slashed for.285/.393/.947 – with 241 HRs and 713 RBI in 8 seasons.
The Left Handed Slugger won 6 straight Gold Gloves, a Silver Slugger, and was an ALL – Star 3 times over.
Edmonds added 13 HRs and 41 RBI for the Cards during his 220 AB, good to help them win the 2006 WS – and appear in another (2004).
He twice clubbed over 40+ HRs, added 100+ RBI in the same years (2000 and 2004) – and finished in the top 5 for NL MVP Voting during those campaigns.
Kennedy did play masterfully during the 2002 World Series run for the Anaheim Angels, and did Slash .280/.332/.734 over 992 Games for the California club, but in comparison to Edmonds, it still was not close.
When Kennedy was up for Free Agency in 2006, he came back to the club for a 2nd stint – that lasted during 2007 and 2008.
Bottenfield struggled for a half of a year in 2000, before being traded for Ron Gant at the Trade Deadline.
Holliday signed a 7 YR/$119 MIL extension with the Cardinals.
In 5 Years with the team, he has Slashed .306//389/.909 – with 112 HRs and 429 RBI in 2759 AB. He is the meat of their lineup right now. Holliday is still waiting for that signature moment in the playoffs for St. Louis.
Clayton Mortensen only started 7 Games for Oakland – before being traded for a Minor League Player.
Shane Peterson has spent all but 7 AB in the Minor Leagues thus far for Oakland.
Brett Wallace was traded for Michael Taylor.
Michael Taylor, while not part of this deal, has not performed.
The Cardinals were the clear winners in this transaction. That is saying a lot, because Billy Beane usually wins. This sort of makes up for the horrendous trade they pulled with the A’s for Mark Mulder.
Descalso has been a decent Utility Infielder, .243/.310/.655 in parts of 4 years with St. Louis.
.275/.324/.801 in 382 AB, 19 HRs and 64 RBI so far. Adams filled in with 6 hits and a key HR for Allen Craig at 1B in the 2013 NLDS.
.246/.316/.644 in 342 AB thus far, and is a great Super Utility guy,
Mark Ellis (37): The organization signed him to a 1 YR/$5.25 MIL before the start of the 2014 season. While currently on the DL, he is great insurance as 2B in case Kolten Wong should struggle.
.236//271/.602 in 314 Career AB as Yadier Molina’s backup.
This guy will be a mainstay of the future. Ranked #84 Prospect by Baseball America.
Ray King was 9 -6, with a 2.91 ERA in 102 Appearances for the Cardinals.
Jason Marquis was 42 – 37, with a 4.60 ERA for the Cardinals.
J.D. Drew only played one season in Atlanta. where he hit .306, with 31 HRs and 95 RBI, but then he fled to Los Angeles after.
Eli Marrero had a career year in 2004 hitting .320, with 10 HRs and 40 RBI in 250 – but the Braves traded him for a player that would only get them 7 games in the Majors.
The Cardinals trucked Atlanta in this chain.
When they traded him to Colorado, he was never the same.
Aaron Miles had a .288 BA and 391 Hits for St. Louis in his time.
Larry Bigbie only had 1 RBI with St. Louis.
Winner was still the Cardinals because of service time that Miles provided.
Larry Bigbie (35) LF : October 31, 2006: Granted Free Agency.
Aaron Miles (36) 2B/3B/SS; December 12, 2008: Granted Free Agency.
Jason Marquis (35) SP: October 31, 2006: Granted Free Agency.
Lynn, while carrying a 3.82 Career ERA in 86 Games, is 34 – 18 (.654) so far.
Shelby Miller was 15 – 9, with a 3.06 ERA this year as a rookie. He will get some votes for the NL Rookie Of the Year.
February 6, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Wacha has been a savior for the Cardinals this season. He is coming up huge at all points. Wacha almost threw no – hitters in back to back starts during 2013.
***While technically the Wacha for Pujols dissection begins and ends with just a compensatory pick, I am not sure the Cards would do this deal straight up now, considering how much money Pujols makes.***
Even though he was injured, Garcia is 39 – 25 (.609) with a 3.09 ERA so far with the big club.
This guy slipped through the hands of the Red Sox – and now is the 38th best Prospect as ranked by Baseball America. Martinez is on the Post Season club, and has authored 2 scoreless Appearances – spanning 1.2 IP versus the Dodgers.
13.2 IP straight of Scoreless Baseball yielded in the Post Season – is a great way to enamor yourself to the St. Louis fanbase.
Like so many of their great Pitchers, he could be a Starter or Reliever.
Nobody has even noticed this guy threw a 0.45 ERA in 39.2 IP during the 2013 Campaign. Now you can add 2 more scoreless Innings in the Post Season.
2 Earned Runs is all this guy has allowed in 41.2 IP worth of work in this year.
Transaction Dates Linked to that of Baseballreference.com
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