From an ending to another beginning

Jenifer Langosch/

Quite the ride we have had over the past nine months — from an extra-long slate of 32 Spring Training games, through a grueling 162-game season, and then onto an extra month of baseball that, for the Cardinals, ended one day prematurely. It was a special season, without question, and thank you for joining me for the ride. I hope you found the content on to be informative, complete, entertaining and enjoyable.

Don’t fret, either, as there will be daily stories (and regular blog entries) from now until Spring Training to get you through those dreaded winter months without baseball.

I hardly had time to make the return trip to St. Louis from Boston before the first bit of news rolled in. Today, 147 players declared for Major League free agency, including four Cardinals: Chris Carpenter, Rafael Furcal, Carlos Beltran and Edward Mujica. Written from Fenway Park last night (or more accurately, in the early morning), here are Beltran’s thoughts about his impending free agency. He reiterated his interest in returning to St. Louis, but also understands that the Cardinals’ roster may not have room for him.

Teams have until Monday to make qualifying offers to their free agents. Remember that in order to secure a compensation Draft pick, a team has to make this one-year offer. This year, the qualifying offer figure has been set at $14.1 million (it is determined by taking the average salary of the highest 125 players from 2013). Beltran seems a strong candidate to receive this sort of offer.

Beginning at 11:01 p.m. CT on Monday, teams can begin negotiating with free agents from other teams.

The Hot Stove blog (link here) is up and running again and is a great one-stop shop to get the latest updates from all 30 clubs.

Follow me on Twitter: @LangoschMLB


Jenifer, thank you so very much for your posts in keeping us up-to-date on our beloved Cardinals. I found myself looking forward to your most informative messages..

Yeah, same here Jennifer. I look forward to your reports (and tweets). Cute, too – if I was only 30 years younger! Ha ha. Anyway, here’s hoping the Cards and Beltran work something out. I would really miss seeing him in the lineup.

Jennifer, I know you’re not a fan of Oklahoma football. Let me assure you that even though I grew here and went to OK State, my heart is with the Redbirds. We don’t even have to mention the other Big 12 school. Go MIZZOU! Anyway, I did read a bunch of your blogs and columns and I wish I had a girl that loved the game of baseball like you do….. Take care and I will keep in touch through reading and occasional tweet. (Not a twitter head). Have a great winter

Beltran is gone……………..Stanton anyone?

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