Cardinals Census – 2007

Where did all the former Cardinals major and minor leaguers go and from where did the new ones come? Those questions are answered for almost 100 players who have or had ties to the Cards.

As I did last year at this time, I am recapping the moves made by the St. Louis Cardinals over the winter, capturing both the players coming and going at the major and minor league levels. I also included those players who have not yet found homes for the 2007 season.

Because many also like to keep up with the numerous ex-Cardinals still in the game, I have expanded the census, doing my best to capture those transactions that document the comings and goings affecting those who have left the organization.

Be aware the new club designations below reflect the initial assignments when signed. Any similarity to the actual working rosters for the spring is likely coincidental. Those rosters for the Cardinals system will be generated as the result of organizational meetings to be held with minor league coordinators Mark Riggins and Jim Riggleman later this month.

Major Leaguers

Free-Agent 40-man roster players newly-signed for 2007

Player POS Old Org Former Club New Org New Club  Date
Ryan Franklin SP CIN Cincinnati Reds STL St. Louis 01/10/07
Russ Springer RP HOU Houston Astros STL St. Louis 12/11/06
Adam Kennedy 2B LAA LA Angels of Anaheim STL St. Louis 12/01/06
Kip Wells SP TEX Texas Rangers STL St. Louis 11/30/06
Randy Keisler RP OAK Sacramento River Cats STL St. Louis 11/14/06

Free-Agent 40-man roster players re-signed for 2007

Player POS Old Org Former Club New Org New Club  Date Type of FA
Mark Mulder SP STL St. Louis STL St. Louis 01/10/07 Elect Free Agent
Scott Spiezio 1B STL St. Louis STL St. Louis 12/06/06 Elect Free Agent
Gary Bennett C STL St. Louis STL St. Louis 11/30/06 Elect Free Agent
Jim Edmonds OF STL St. Louis STL St. Louis 11/10/06 Elect Free Agent
Troy Cate P STL Springfield STL St. Louis 10/17/06 Declared Minor FA
Andy Cavazos RP STL Memphis STL St. Louis 10/16/06 Declared Minor FA

2006 Major Leaguers signed elsewhere

Player Pos Old Org Old Club New Org New Club  Date Type of FA
Jorge Sosa RP STL St. Louis NYM New York Mets 01/16/07 Non-Tendered
Jeff Suppan SP STL St. Louis MIL Milwaukee Brewers 01/04/07 Elect Free Agent
Timo Perez OF STL St. Louis DET Toledo Mud Hens 01/04/07 Unconditional Release
Jason Marquis SP STL St. Louis CHI Chicago Cubs 01/03/07 Elect Free Agent
Carmen Cali RP STL St. Louis MIN Rochester Red Wings 11/29/06 Unconditional Release
Mike Rose C STL Memphis CLE Buffalo Bisons 11/16/06 Elect Free Agent
John Gall OF STL St. Louis FLA Albuquerque Isotopes 11/15/06 Unconditional Release

2006 Major Leaguers unsigned

Player Pos Type of FA
Ron Belliard 2B Elect Free Agent
Larry Bigbie OF Unconditional Release
Jose Vizcaino SS Elect Free Agent
Jeff Weaver  SP Elect Free Agent
Preston Wilson OF Elect Free Agent

Minor Leaguers

New Minor Leaguers signed for 2007

Player POS Old Org Former Club New Org New Club  Date Type of FA
Jolbert Cabrera UT JAP Fukuoka Hawks STL Memphis 01/10/07 Free Agent
Kelvin Jimenez P TEX Oklahoma RedHawks STL Memphis 12/08/06 Declared Minor FA
Danilo Sanchez C DET Erie Seawolves STL Memphis 12/08/06 Declared Minor FA
Ian Church OF IND Kalamazoo Kings STL Palm Beach 12/09/06 Indy League purchase
Chris Grossman C IND Sioux City Explorers STL Palm Beach 12/07/06 Indy League purchase
Omar Falcon C PIT Altoona Curve STL Memphis 12/06/06 Rule 5 addition
Jose Contreras SS WAS Harrisburg Senators STL Memphis 12/06/06 Rule 5 addition
Eli Marrero UT NY New York Mets STL Memphis 12/01/06 Unconditional Release
Miguel Negron OF CHI Chicago Cubs STL Memphis 12/01/06 Unconditional Release
Ryan Ludwick OF DET Toledo Mud Hens STL Memphis 11/25/06 Declared Minor FA
Mike Smith SP MIN Rochester Red Wings STL Memphis 11/10/06 Elect Free Agent
Edgar Gonzalez 2B FLA Albuquerque Isotopes STL Memphis 11/10/06 Declared Minor FA
Ryan Christianson C TB Montgomery Biscuits STL Memphis 11/01/06 Declared Minor FA
Tagg Bozied 1B NY Norfolk Tides STL Memphis 11/01/06 Declared Minor FA
Alex Pena P IND Worcester Tornadoes STL Memphis 10/09/06 Indy League purchase
Matt Hirsh SP HOU Greeneville Astros STL Quad Cities 08/24/06 Unconditional Release

Minor League free agents re-signed for 2007

Player POS Old Org Former Club New Org New Club  Date Type of FA
Rick Ankiel OF STL St. Louis STL Memphis 01/10/07 Non-tendered
Brian Esposito C STL Memphis STL Memphis 11/17/06 Declared Minor FA
Rico Washington SS STL Memphis STL Memphis 10/22/06 Declared Minor FA
Jose Garcia SP STL Springfield STL Memphis 10/17/06 Declared Minor FA

2006 Minor Leaguers signed elsewhere

Player Pos Old Org Old Club New Org New Club  Date Type of FA
Matt Perisho RP STL Memphis SEA Tacoma Rainiers 01/05/07 Declared Minor FA
Brad Voyles RP STL Memphis  MIN Rochester Red Wings 01/02/07 Minor League Release
Dennis Tankersley SP STL Memphis DET Toledo Mud Hens 12/20/06 Declared Minor FA
Derek Wathan OF STL Memphis CHI Iowa Cubs 12/17/06 Declared Minor FA
Tyler Adamczyk RP STL Palm Beach CWS Birmingham Barons 12/15/06 Minor League Release
Jorge Toca 1B STL Memphis WSH Columbus Clippers 12/12/06 Declared Minor FA
Gabe Johnson C STL Springfield DET Toledo Mud Hens 12/06/06 Declared Minor FA
John Webb SP STL Memphis CHI Iowa Cubs 11/13/06 Declared Minor FA
Travis Smith SP STL Memphis LA Las Vegas 51's 11/09/06 Declared Minor FA
Cory Doyne RP STL Memphis BAL Ottawa Lynx 11/02/06 Declared Minor FA
Iker Franco C STL Springfield ATL Richmond Braves 10/31/06 Declared Minor FA

2006 Minor Leaguers un-signed for 2007

Player Pos Old Club
Ryan Barthelemy 1B Palm Beach
Alan Benes (retired) P Memphis
Shaun Boyd OF Memphis
Luis Cotto SS Palm Beach
Shawn Garrett OF Memphis
Bo Hart 2B Memphis
Randy Leek P Memphis
Brian Martin OF Memphis
Dan Moylan C Springfield
Juan Richardson 3B Springfield
Ricardo Rodriguez P Memphis
Junior Spivey 2B Memphis

Ex-Cardinals

Ex-Cardinals Major Leaguers signed for 2007

Player Yrs as Card Pos Old Org Former Club New Org New Club
Sidney Ponson 2006 SP NYY New York Yankees MIN Rochester Red Wings
Einar Diaz 2005 C LA Los Angeles Dodgers PIT Indianapolis Indians
Mike Mahoney 2005 C TOR Syracuse SkyChiefs CHI Iowa Cubs
Scott Seabol 2005 3B FLA Albuquerque Isotopes FLA Albuquerque Isotopes
Ray King 2004-2005 RP COL Colorado Rockies WSH Columbus Clippers
Al Reyes 2004-2005 RP TB Durham Bulls TB Durham Bulls
Roger Cedeno 2004-2005 OF STL St. Louis Cardinals BAL Ottawa Lynx
Tony Womack 2004 2B CHI Chicago Cubs WSH Columbus Clippers
Jason Simontacchi 2002-2004 SP IND Bridgeport Bluefish WSH Columbus Clippers
Steve Kline 2001-2004 RP SF San Francisco Giants SF San Francisco Giants
Woody Williams 2001-2004 SP SD San Diego Padres HOU Houston Astros
Kerry Robinson 2001-2003 OF KC Omaha Royals BOS Pawtucket Red Sox
Jason Karnuth 2001 RP DET Toledo Mud Hens DET Toledo Mud Hens
Dave Veres 2000-2002 RP SF Fresno Grizzlies COL Col. Springs Sky Sox
Chris Richard 2000 1B PIT Indianapolis Indians TB Durham Bulls
Alberto Castillo 1999 C WSH New Orleans Zephyrs BOS Pawtucket Red Sox
Joe McEwing 1998-1999 2B HOU Round Rock Express BOS Pawtucket Red Sox
Darren Oliver 1998-1999 SP NY New York Mets LAA LA Angels of Anaheim
Royce Clayton 1996-1998 SS CIN Cincinnati Reds TOR Toronto Blue Jays
Mike Difelice 1996-1997, 2002 C NYM New York Mets NYM New Orleans Zephyrs
John Mabry 1994-8, 2001, 04-5 1B CHI Chicago Cubs COL Col. Springs Sky Sox

Ex-Cardinals Major Leaguers unsigned

Player Yrs as Card Pos Old Org Former Club
Mike DeJean 2003 RP COL Colorado Rockies
Chris Widger 2003 C BAL Baltimore Orioles
Rick White 2002 RP PHI Philadelphia Phillies
Jamey Wright 2002 SP SF San Francisco Giants
Dustin Hermanson 2001, 2003 RP CHW Chicago White Sox
Eduardo Perez 1999-2000, 02-3 1B SEA Seattle Mariners
Kent Mercker 1998-1999 RP CIN Cincinnati Reds
Brian Jordan 1992-1998 OF ATL Atlanta Braves

Ex-Cardinals Minor Leaguers signed for 2007

Player Yrs as Card Pos Old Org Former Club New Org New Club
Blaine Neal 2006 SP PIT Altoona Curve TOR Syracuse SkyChiefs
Prentice Redman 2006 OF WSH Harrisburg Senators SEA Tacoma Rainiers
Aaron Herr 2005 2B CIN Chattanooga Lookouts CIN Louisville Bats
Luis Martinez 2004 SP ARI Tucson Sidewinders WSH Columbus Clippers
Ernie Young 2000 OF CWS Charlotte Knights CWS Charlotte Knights
Jeremy Cummings 1999-2005 SP PHI Scranton Red Barons MIN Rochester Red Wings
Brent Butler 1996-1999  2B TB Durham Bulls TB Durham Bulls

Addendum (01/22):

Four former Cardinals farmhands who qualified for minor league free agency re-signed for 2007 with their previous organizations.

Player Yrs as Card Pos   Organization
Omar Pena 2003-2004 SS Kansas City Royals
Spike Lundberg 2004 P Los Angeles Dodgers
Les Walrond 1998-2003 P Chiicago Cubs
Sam Walton 2006 P Oakland A's

In addition, two other ex-Cards minor leaguers recently changed organizations via trade.

Player Yrs as Card Pos Old Org New Org
Ben Johnson 1999-2000 OF San Diego Padres New York Mets
Jason Burch 2003-2004 P Colorado Rockies Baltimore Orioles

If I have erred or missed anyone, please drop me a line at the email address below and I will update this page as necessary.

In addition, be sure to check our regularly-updated Cardinals transaction thread on our new, improved Message Board. It also shows the current make-up of the Cardinals' 25-man and 40-man rosters and more!



Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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