April 18, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal (15) is congratulated by Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (22) after scoring a run against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

Cardinals Moving Fast, Furious

It appears that St. Louis Cardinals GM John Mozeliak has things to do and is getting all of the business done before the Thanksgiving holiday hits this week.

Manager extended.  Checkmark.

Shortstop.  Nearly a checkmark.

Centerfielder.  Check.

Move broken down third baseman.  Check.

The Cardinals have announced Chris Carpenter is retiring.  (Perhaps the Pirates will give him a call?  I keed, I keed)  Last night we learned the birds added Gorgeous Peter Bourjos and first-round pick Randal Grichuk for David Freese and Fernando Salas.

Tonight we learn that Jhonny Peralta is closing in on a deal with the NL Central champs.  I will be anxious to see how many years the Cardinals give him.


Here is the tweet on Carpenter:



We can only pray that Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk being added to the Cardinals somehow doesn’t turn out how the voices in our heads tell us it will.

Doesn’t the team who moves quickly in solving all of their weaknesses usually struggle?  Tell me it’s so.

Grichuk has a shot at becoming a big leaguer.  Bourjos is younger.  Bourjos is more cost friendly than Freese. And he can play center field like a superstar….when he is healthy.


Matheny got three more years from the Cardinals


The tweet announcing the news on Peralta by Jerry Crasnick:



So the Pirates have some catching up to do.  At least the Cardinals have done all of their work so quickly, now Neal Huntington and the boys can start analyzing it and get to work.

But wait, here is some good news.


Oh, he’s just 12 years old, but screw it, I am riding with that. And the fact that the Gorgeous one never seems to be able to stay on the field and had just five hits in August and September last year.


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