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Cano didn't flinch once the Mariners presented a figure in his expected ballpark, and now is the among the richest ballplayers ever.

Cano didn’t flinch once the Mariners presented a figure in his expected ballpark, and now is the among the richest ballplayers ever.

Business picked up to the highest levels it can over the last few days, and this morning it hit a pinnacle. The season’s top prized shocked the world by spurning the New York Yankees and taking his talents to the furthest imaginable outpost from the bright lights of the Bronx, the Seattle Mariners. Last night, Cano and company visited the M’s, who proposed the first real and tangible counter offer the Yankees’ original offer to their incumbent superstar, and after some back and forth negotiations, he leveraged the best possible deal that he could imagine, an air tight career spanning deal covering 10 years and returning a reported $240 million over the life of it.

This deal changes the landscape of the free agent season, as the top guy always does, and puts a few new scenarios into motion. Lets take a look around the league at those dominoes, as well as what else is rounding into place…

  • The Mariners deal with Cano, which equals the epic sum that Albert Pujols netted in December 2011, reportedly will not take them out of the mix for further acquisitions.  The club is still interested in Mike Napoli, Nelson Cruz and Shin-Soo Choo among other free agents, and is also interested in pursuing David Price as well.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers could be a candidate to get involved in the first base market
  • Major League Baseball and the Nippon Professional Baseball league reached an agreement on the posting fee to negotiate with Japanese league members of $20 million. This potentially allows for pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to enter into the free agent scene for MLB teams to bid on soon, which could also finally start the market moving for the other top rated US free agent starters as well.
  • After moving on from a few of their free agents from a year ago, the Red Sox have been engaged in returning Stephen Drew and Mike Napoli, while still eyeing an extension for Jon Lester
  • Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski stated he does not anticipate the team making another high-profile signing this offseason, after agreeing to terms with Joe Nathan on Wednesday.
  • St. Louis Cardinals GM John Mozeliak saw his closer for much of the previous season, Edward Mujica, sign with the Red Sox yesterday, and also did not tender a contract to John Axford either, but stated that the depth of young arms on his current roster makes it unlikely the team will add anything else to its bullpen.
  • Early in the week, it was reported that Carlos Beltran had a pending offer in hand that covered three years, but since that has been refuted and his still available.
  • First Baseman James Loney is seeking  a reported three year deal that would be worth a total of $25-$30 million total. This would be a much larger deal than the one that Justin Morneau received from the Rockies earlier this week.

With those points and tips out of the way, here’s where the current free agent landmark sits, with recent signing highlighted with terms. An updated ‘Cut The Check’ signing recap will follow this weekend covering those deals and what they mean for both the new and previous club.

  1. Robinson Cano-2B: Signed w/ Mariners (10 yrs, $240 million)
  2. Shin-Soo Choo-RF: Yankees, Tigers, Rangers, Mariners
  3. Matt Garza-RHP: Yankees, Twins, Angels, Orioles, Nationals
  4. Carlos Beltran-RF/DH: Yankees, Royals, Red Sox, Rangers, Mariners, Indians, Reds
  5. Ubaldo Jimenez-RHP: Yankees, Nationals, Angels
  6. Nelson Cruz-RF/DH: Rangers, Mets, Mariners, A’s, Orioles
  7. Mike Napoli-1B: Red Sox, Rockies, Marlins, Mariners
  8. Ervin Santana-RHP: Angels, Yankees, Twins, Royals
  9. Masahiro Tanaka-RHP: Yankees, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Japan
  10. Stephen Drew-SS: Dodgers, Nationals, Mets, Yankees, Red Sox
  11. Curtis Granderson-LF: Signed w/ Mets (4 yrs, $60 million)
  12. Hiroki Kuroda-RHP: Resigned w/ Yankees (1 yr, $16 million)
  13. Grant Balfour-RHP: Yankees, Rockies, Tigers, Rays
  14. Kendrys Morales-1B: Mariners, White Sox, Indians, Mets
  15. Fernando Rodney-RHP: Indians, Rays, Cubs
  16. Omar Infante-2B: Yankees, Cubs
  17. Joaquin Benoit-RHP: Phillies, Tigers
  18. Brian Wilson-RHP: Resigned w/ Dodgers (1 yr, $10 million)
  19. Edward Mujica-RHP: Signed w/ Red Sox (2 yrs, $9.5 million)
  20. AJ Burnett-RHP: Pirates
  21. Nate McLouth-LF: Orioles, Yankees
  22. Bronson Arroyo-RHP: Angels, Twins, Giants, Phillies
  23. Bartolo Colon-RHP: Marlins, Angels
  24. Jesse Crain-RHP: Red Sox, Rockies, Cubs
  25. Corey Hart-1B/RF: Brewers, Mets, Pirates
  26. James Loney-1B: Rays, Rockies, Pirates
  27. Chris Perez-RHP: Astros, Athletics, Tigers
  28. Raul Ibanez-DH: Yankees
  29. John Axford-RHP (New, non-tendered): Orioles
  30. Boone Logan-LHP: Yankees
  31. Gavin Floyd-RHP: Twins, Orioles
  32. Jason Kubel-OF/DH:
  33. Michael Morse-OF:
  34. Scott Downs-LHP:
  35. Matt Albers-RHP:
  36. Scott Feldman-RHP: Orioles
  37. J.P. Howell-LHP:
  38. Rafael Furcal-SS: Signed w/ Marlins (1 yr, $3 million)
  39. Scott Baker-RHP: Cubs,
  40. Jose Veras-RHP:
  41. Garrett Jones-OF (new, non-tendered):
  42. Jason Hammel-RHP: Giants
  43. Kevin Gregg-RHP:
  44. Juan Uribe-3B: Dodgers
  45. Chris Capuano-LHP: Twins
  46. Paul Konerko-1B: White Sox, Retirement
  47. Barry Zito-LHP:
  48. Joba Chamberlain-RHP: Royals, Braves, Giants, Astros
  49. Francisco Rodriguez-RHP:
  50. Mark Ellis-2B: Orioles


It’s the part of the year where it’s Mozeliak’s season. Here’s what he has to work with and around.


I’ve been on vacation; I tend to do that after each baseball season for a few weeks. But the Hot Stove is heating up, so it’s time to pull together where things stand, starting with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals don’t project as a team that will be overly active this winter. There’s a few spots they need to improve, and a few deals that could be struck, but all in all, don’t expect to hear their name around much of the big business on the market. It will be the anti-winter of 2011, thankfully.

But here’s the outline of how the club breaks down around the club below, and I’ll go into more details as the weeks move along. There’s not a lot of openings for addition, without subtraction, which is a nice way of saying they are far more prone to trades than signings, for both logistical and roster space reasons. But take in what you will here, and each part will be broken down soon.

Here are your 2013 (kinda) St. Louis Cardinals….at the end of 2012:


The Long Term Deals: Yadier Molina, Rafael Furcal, Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran, Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia, Jake Westbrook, Eduardo Mujica, Skip Schumaker

The Ups or Downs (Youngster with Minor League): Matt Carpenter, Pete Kozma, Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal, Joe Kelly, Matt Adams, Adron Chambers, Shane Robinson, Tony Cruz, Bryan Anderson, Ryan Jackson, Victor Marte, Maikel Cleto, Brandon Dickson, Barret Browning, Sam Freeman, Eduardo Sanchez.

2013 Free Agents: Kyle Lohse, Lance Berkman, Kyle McClellan, Scott Linebrink

2014 Free Agents: Adam Wainwright, Carlos Beltran, Chris Carpenter, Rafeal Furcal, Skip Schumaker,

Arbitration Guy (slotted raises): Allen Craig (pre arb), Jason Motte (2), David Freese (1), Jon Jay (pre arb), Mitchell Boggs (1), Lance Lynn (pre arb), Fernando Salas (pre arb), Marc Rzepczynski (1), Daniel Descalso (pre arb)

Minor Leaguers on the Rise (no MLB trips yet): Kolten Wong (2B), Oscar Tavares (OF), Jordan Swagerty (Reliever), Michael Wacha (righty starter), Carlos Martinez (righty starter), Greg Garcia (2B/SS), Mike O’Neill (OF)

Three Biggest Issues: Shortstop, Left-handed reliever, Backup outfield bat

What/Who to watch For in Free Agency: Stephen Drew (SS), Sean Burnett (lefty reliever), Randy Choate (lefty reliever), Aubrey Huff (1B/OF),

Roster Issues to Watch: Jaime Garcia’s shoulder, Rafael Furcal’s elbow, Matt Carpenter’s development at second base, Skip Schumaker’s status with team, the Miller/Lynn/Rosenthal/Kelly push for the rotation.


For more on the roster and rumors of the winter as they develop, follow me on Twitter at @CheapSeatFan

Originally posted at St. Louis Sports 360, March 13 

For all of the St. Louis success on the field to end the season, and subsequent moves to prepare this year’s team, there is rarely such a thing as a complete team. While the 2012 club projects to have few definite deficiency that will require much “grining and bearing” to start the season up, there are places the team can definitely upgrade at. This winter GM John Mozeliak has shown an aggressive approach to making sure that a team that lost some substantial contributors is more than equipped to not only compete for the title, but to be in position to defend the their title as well.

The end result of Mo’s efforts is a balanced team that is both flexible in lineup and deep in arms, but where can the club stand to improve? While the shows the potential to produce immediate contributors to the big league club, there are some places that are still better served by making moves at the major league level with competitors. Here’s the top positions that could require in-season deals to better the headed into the season.


For the rest of this post, including each position that holds room for improvement and how the team could address it throughout the season, head over to St. Louis Sports 360 here:

In the mean, time follow me on Twitter at @CheapSeatFan and check back here later today for details on CSP’s 2012 “DESCENT INTO MADNESS” Bracket Tourney and how much freeness you can win as part of it this year….

12/9/11 via St. Louis Sports 360:

What’s the difference between staying with the only home, fans and place you’ve ever known?

For , apparently it’s roughly $30 million dollars and 2 years’ worth of difference.

That was the difference in what the his former employer and new one offered, and it was enough to draw the All-Star away from the St. Louis and to the on Thursday morning. The biggest decision since the Alex Rodriguez saga of 2008 came to a close, and a chapter (and the hearts) of closed it’s time on the Pujols Era in a sudden fashion.

After a week plus of aggressive pursuit by the Miami Marlins came to an official end on Wednesday afternoon, with the Cardinals matching their best offer, it seemed that the club was on the road to regaining its within the next few days. Then, like a script straight out of the WWE, the Angels entered the fight at the last second, and finished off the seemingly guaranteed winner for Pujols services with a devastating blow. This blow was fully guaranteed 10 year deal worth a reported $255 million dollars, which was too good for Pujols to not take.

The last person to blame Pujols for turning his back on St. Louis is Pujols himself...

Now, the Cardinals are left with their hands in their pockets and wondering what’s next. This wasn’t just any player they lost, or even just any All-Star lost. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t just any best player in the game they lost out on. This was a once in a few generations talent that will most likely not stop with just being the best first baseman of all-time; no he’s destined for far more than that. A nod amongst the Mays, Williams, Ruth, Cobb and Aaron’s is where he will land. There is no such thing as just replacing icons, especially when they have so much more left in them.

So how did we get here? Well, that’s a both complicated and simple at once. But just know, the last person to blame is Albert Pujols…


To read the rest of this and see why there literally was no price the Cardinals could have hit that would have made it worth Albert’s while, read the rest of this article at St. Louis Sports 360:

Also, follow my effort to cope and accept the next era of Cardinal baseball by the minute on Twitter at @CheapSeatFan.