March 8, 2013: Cardinals sign Allen Craig to a five-year extension

When Allen Craig signed a five-year, $31 million contract extension with the Cardinals ahead of the 2013 season, he appeared primed for a long career in the middle of the St. Louis lineup. Less than 17 months later, Craig was playing for the Red Sox and searching for a batting stroke he never was ableContinue reading “March 8, 2013: Cardinals sign Allen Craig to a five-year extension”

March 1, 2012: Cardinals and Yadier Molina agree to a five-year contract extension

Less than three months after the Cardinals lost Albert Pujols to free agency, they ensured that Yadier Molina remained a franchise cornerstone with a five-year, $75 million contract. “I’m happy to be a Cardinal for 5-6 more years,” Molina said. “This is a great organization. I grew up here, I feel good here. It wasContinue reading “March 1, 2012: Cardinals and Yadier Molina agree to a five-year contract extension”

February 18, 2011: Jim Edmonds retires

At age 40, Jim Edmonds hoped to tack one more year on the end of a major-league career that had spanned 17 seasons and more than 2,000 games. Unfortunately, just two weeks after Jim Edmonds signed a minor league contract to return to the Cardinals, a lingering Achilles injury forced him to announce his retirement.Continue reading “February 18, 2011: Jim Edmonds retires”

February 15, 2011: Stan Musial receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Just a few days away from his 90th birthday, Stan Musial picked up the phone at his office at Stan the Man Inc. On the other end of the line was a White House representative, calling to tell him that he was being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian award.Continue reading “February 15, 2011: Stan Musial receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom”

January 5, 2010: Cardinals sign Matt Holliday to a record seven-year contract

It took longer than either side was entirely comfortable with, but in the end, the Cardinals got their man. On January 5, 2010, Matt Holliday agreed to a deal that would keep him in St. Louis through the 2016 season and gave the Cardinals a pair of franchise cornerstone sluggers in Holliday and Albert PujolsContinue reading “January 5, 2010: Cardinals sign Matt Holliday to a record seven-year contract”