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.253 6th
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.985 4th
HR Jhonny Peralta 21
RBI Matt Holliday 90
R Matt Carpenter 99
BA Matt Adams .288
SB Kolten Wong 20
W Adam Wainwright 20
ERA Pat Neshek 1.87
K Lance Lynn 181
SV Trevor Rosenthal 45
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Cardinals shopping for complementary pieces
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(MLB.com) Just two days after falling to the Giants in the National League Championship Series, the Cardinals' brass and coaching staff gathered at Busch Stadium to consider how to improve their club for 2015. That planning process moved to the back burner recently as the organization mourned the death of young outfielder Oscar Taveras, but with the World Series over and free agency to begin after 11 p.m. CT on Monday, the Cardinals must again look ahead.

The club has its sights specifically set on improving the bench and the bullpen. Furthermore, the loss of Taveras may force the Cardinals to reconsider their plans for right field.

Free agents: The Cardinals have five free agents Pat Neshek, Jason Motte, Mark Ellis, A.J. Pierzynski and Justin Masterson and are unlikely to re-sign any of them. The club would be interested in retaining Neshek, its setup reliever in 2014, but the contract years and dollars he'll likely get elsewhere are expected to trump any Cardinals ...     [ More ]
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Cardinals exercise option to bring back Lackey
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(MLB.com) In what was merely a formality, the Cardinals exercised their team option on right-handed starter John Lackey for 2015. The organization's decision to retain Lackey for another season was never in question.

In fact, one of the reasons that Lackey was so attractive to the Cardinals at the Trade Deadline is because the Cardinals would inherit a contract that included the team-friendly provision that locked Lackey in to earn the Major League minimum in 2015 if he missed significant time ...    [ More ]
Crowds mourn 'El Fenomeno' Taveras
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(STLToday.com) When he was about 5 years old, Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras coined a nickname for himself that several of the thousands of mourners who attended his funeral Tuesday in his hometown had on the backs of the jerseys they wore.

El Fenomeno.

"The phenomenon," his father, Francisco Taveras, explained. "He would say, 'I'm going to make you the happiest dad in the world. I want to be a star. I want to be a major leaguer. I'm the phenomenon. I'm the best.'"

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Shocked Mozeliak, Matheny travel to visit Taveras' family
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(MLB.com) people were aware [of the tragedy]," Mozeliak said. "Oscar was a big name in this region. You can tell they feel the loss."

Taveras' father, traveling to the Dominican Republic from his home in Montreal, was on the same Miami-departing flight as Mozeliak and Matheny.

"Clearly, he was shaken by these events and very sad at this time," Mozeliak said. "They are certainly grieving right now. We'll give them as much room and respect as possible, but also try to help them ...    [ More ]

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Police release Taveras accident report
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(STLToday.com) Cardinals baseball player Oscar Taveras was behind the wheel of a red 2014 Chevrolet Camaro on Sunday in the city of Puerto Plata, about 215 miles north of the Dominican Republic capital of Santo Domingo, when his car hit a tree on the Sosua-Cabarete freeway at 6:40 p.m. St. Louis time, according to the report issued by Brigade General Francisco Romero Lopez of the Northern Regional National Police.

Taveras died of multiple injuries, including trauma to the brain and torso, while ...    [ More ]
We'll always remember Oscar
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(STLToday.com) Oscar Taveras had a flair for drama. He memorably homered at Busch Stadium in his first major-league game, making the skies open and the rain come pouring down seconds after his majestic, high-arching shot landed in right field.

Standing on a dugout step, manager Mike Matheny turned, looked up and smiled at Cardinals GM John Mozeliak, who was watching upstairs from his box. Matheny's reaction spoke for everyone in the place: Can you believe the kid just did that?

And in ...    [ More ]
Mike Matheny: 'We loved Oscar, and he loved us'
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(Fox Sports) ere was a reason Cardinals manager Mike Matheny did not comment about the death of Oscar Taveras Sunday night.
He explained why in his statement that was released by the Cardinals Monday morning:

"I was asked last night to give some words regarding the tragic death of Oscar Taveras, but I just simply couldn't.

"First of all, it felt like a bad dream that could not be real, and when reality kicked in, my words didn't even seem to make sense. To say this is a horrible ...    [ More ]
Memorials set for Taveras in the Dominican
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(STLToday.com) Memorial services for Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, who was killed with his girlfriend in a car accident Sunday afternoon, will begin today in his hometown and continue through Wednesday, when a burial is planned.

Aaron Rodriguez, one of the Cardinals' scouts who first identified and helped sign Taveras, said there will be services Monday and Tuesday in Sosua, a town in the Puerto Plata province of the Dominican Republic.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak and ...    [ More ]
Cardinals teammates remember Taveras
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(MLB.com) announcing his arrival with a home run in his second at-bat, no less but he had been a part of the Cardinals family for much longer. Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2008, Taveras climbed through the Cardinals' system with many of his eventual Major League teammates and got to know others through his years as a participant in Major League Spring Training.

Jon Jay was among those who grew closest to Taveras, spending countless hours working with him in the outfield as he ...    [ More ]
Cards' Taveras killed in car accident
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(STLToday.com) Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras was killed in a car accident this afternoon in the Dominican Republic, his agent confirmed Sunday evening.

He was 22.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak and Taveras' agent Brian Mejia confirmed that Taveras had been killed. Both the team and the agent were gathering more information at the time of this posting. The team was seeking more information about the accident before making a statement.

The Cardinals' top prospect ...    [ More ]
BREAKING: Cardinals Prospect Oscar Taveras Killed In Car Crash
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(Deadspin) St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras was reportedly killed in a car crash while driving to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. His girlfriend, reportedly in the car with him, was also killed. ...    [ More ]

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