August 19, 2009: Cardinals sign John Smoltz in their push for postseason glory

With a seven-game lead in the National League Central and six weeks remaining in the 2009 season, the Cardinals couldn’t pass the opportunity to add a future Hall of Famer to their rotation. “It was too inviting not to take a chance on,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said.[1] On August 19, 2009, the CardinalsContinue reading “August 19, 2009: Cardinals sign John Smoltz in their push for postseason glory”

August 6, 2004: Cardinals trade for Larry Walker as they make World Series push

One week after the 2004 trade deadline, the Cardinals added future Hall of Famer Larry Walker to a lineup that already included Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen, and Jim Edmonds. The Cardinals received Walker and cash considerations in exchange for minor league pitcher Jason Burch and two players to be named later. In August, the CardinalsContinue reading “August 6, 2004: Cardinals trade for Larry Walker as they make World Series push”

August 2, 2001: Cardinals trade Ray Lankford for Woody Williams

As a veteran who had been with the club since making his debut in August 1990, Ray Lankford wasn’t ready to become the Cardinals’ fourth outfielder. Instead, following a reduction of playing time and a war of words between Lankford’s agent and manager Tony La Russa, the Cardinals sent the 34-year-old Lankford and $2.8 millionContinue reading “August 2, 2001: Cardinals trade Ray Lankford for Woody Williams”

July 24, 2009: Cardinals acquire Matt Holliday in trade with A’s

On July 24, 2009, the Cardinals finally acquired the slugger Tony La Russa had been seeking to provide protection for Albert Pujols in the middle of the St. Louis lineup. In exchange for top third base prospect Brett Wallace, minor-league pitcher Clayton Mortensen, and outfield prospect Shane Peterson, the Cardinals acquired Matt Holliday to batContinue reading “July 24, 2009: Cardinals acquire Matt Holliday in trade with A’s”

What I’m Reading: 11 in ’11 by Benjamin Hochman

Early in Benjamin Hochman’s 11 in ’11: A Hometown Hero, La Russa’s Last Ride in Red, and a Miracle World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals, a thought struck me that I couldn’t get out of my mind. The marketing blurb for the book had ended with the line that, “This is the definitive accountContinue reading “What I’m Reading: 11 in ’11 by Benjamin Hochman”