That’s a (Winter Meetings) wrap
The Winter Meetings have again come and gone, which puts us past another offseason benchmark. The Cardinals were not expected to be active here at the Swan & Dolphin Resort, and that held true. There was not, however, a lack of relevant Cardinals news. In case you missed any of MLB.com’s coverage from Lake Buena Vista, Fla., here is a recap of the week’s most significant news items:
- Longtime Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was unanimously voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He’ll be a member of the 2014 class along with Bobby Cox and Joe Torre.
- MLB announced its second annual Stand Up to Cancer auction. In total, 80 baseball items/experiences were posted for bidding. You can still help MLB raise money for this effort, too. The auction concludes later today.
- The Memphis City Council again delayed a vote on the Cardinals’ purchase of their Triple-A affiliate.
- General manager John Mozeliak provided an encouraging update on the rehab progress of top prospect Oscar Taveras.
- Former Cardinals pitcher Mark Mulder announced that he was attempting a comeback to the Majors.
- It was learned that the Cardinals are finalizing a contract that would bring David Bell back to the organization as the team’s assistant hitting coach.
- Manager Mike Matheny spoke candidly about the Cardinals’ decision to look beyond Jhonny Peralta’s Biogenesis past and welcome him in the clubhouse.
- Catcher Yadier Molina and first baseman Allen Craig were announced as GIBBY award winners by MLB.com.
- The Cardinals made their only Winter Meetings signing, inking RHP Angel Castro to a one-year deal.
- After hearing an impassioned speech from Matheny and holding a roundtable discussion, the MLB Playing Rules Committee voted overwhelmingly to ban home-plate collisions before the start of the 2014 season.
- Mozeliak continued discussions with agents/teams to see what sort of fit the club might find as it looks to add infield depth.
- The Cardinals lost three players and selected two in the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 Draft.
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