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Cardinals Add Bud Norris to a Crowded Bullpen

The Cardinals have signed Bud Norris to a one-year deal to add some depth to their bullpen. They have yet to acquire a lights-out proven closer, meaning the team's ninth-inning role needs to be closely monitored. For Norris, he’s become a decent reliever once he began his transition to the bullpen in 2015. As a reliever, his walk rate stayed the same, while his strikeouts jumped from ~8 K/9 to 10 K/9. While the strikeouts increased, he has not seen an improvement in his ERA because he seems more hittable. Last season, he…

Cardinals Finally Get Their Marlins Outfielder

The Marlins have traded Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals for outfielder Magneuris Sierra and pitchers Sandy Alcantara, Zac Gallen and Daniel Castano. The Cardinals finally got their desired outfield slugger after Giancarlo Stanton used his no-trade clause to stop a trade between the two teams last week. The 27-year-old Ozuna is coming off a breakout season in which he batted .312 with 37 homers, 124 RBI, and 93 runs. He will occupy one of the corner outfield spots for the Cardinals and will likely bat third or fourth in…

Cubs and Cardinals Add Potential Closers

Brandon Morrow The Cubs added Brandon Morrow to a two-year deal. The 33-year-old-righty joins an already deep bullpen and could be the team’s closer if the season started today. Morrow came out of nowhere last season to be a productive reliever. He pitched in 18 games as a reliever for the Padres in 2016 with a nice 1.69 ERA, while his ERA estimators were closer to 4.50. His 4.5 K/9 added little to his value. He was on no one’s fantasy radar. Then he busted out in 2017 with a 98-mph fastball, which was up 3.5 mph from…

2018 Player Profile: Tommy Pham

Tommy Pham: Feast or Phamine? Tommy Pham, the speedy St. Louis outfielder, was one of the few Cardinals players to outperform expectations in 2017. He logged the majority of his time in left field last season, but after his All-Star caliber performance -- and Dexter Fowler's declining range in center field -- Pham is slated to spend the majority of his time in center in 2018. In addition to covering a lot of ground in the outfield, Pham also covers a lot ground on the base paths. Despite his shortened season of only 128…

Weekly Prospect Update: St. Louis Cardinals

It's official: The 2017 Major League Baseball season is finally in the books. The Houston Astros are world champions for the first time in their franchise history, and their success can be attributed to their young core of stars. Many of today's biggest stars are 27 and younger, and new top prospects are waiting for their shot. For the St. Louis Cardinals, the season has been over for quite some time. They missed out on the playoffs this year, but the young players they have waiting in the farm are ready to make an impact.…