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This article covers the week ending Saturday, December 22.
For those who like to dream of Cardinals lineups that include multiple trades not yet made, the discussion just for you continued into its second week. "How would you construct the 2008 Cardinals?" is three pages of posts offering every prospective general manager the chance to build his or her own version of next year's team. Some share the details of their own roster fantasies, while others shoot at the lineup hopes suggested by those brave enough to post their pet ideas. There are a number of good posts throughout so check it out.
Even busier has been the six-page the thread called "Scott Rolen Trade Rumors". On page five, in the midst of some embarrassing childish filler, "catman61" stands above the foolishness with a solid comparison of Carlos Lee, David Ortiz and Albert Pujols.
A regular in these weekly articles is "fpslackers", who last week began a new thread entitled "2009: The Year We Finally Land a Big One?", in which Cardinals contracts ending along with free agents potentially available following the 2008 season are considered.
The mammoth thread of this past week is ten pages and still going. It is called "Good Bernie Article". At the top of page eight, "cards13" makes a number of very relevant observations and in the process puts a number of recent moves by the Cardinals into perspective.
A good barometer on the emotional level on some Cardinals fans at this point in the off-season played out over the five pages of the thread "Insurance policy…". What began as a vague, unsupported report led to another analysis of team finances and stadium financing. At the bottom of page three and again on page four, "easton714" explained the difference between public and private financing. Warning: You will again have to sort through a lot of chaff to find the wheat.
Top prospect Colby Rasmus continues to receive a lot of off-season attention. Last week's winner "TraceyB" began a thread that had to be restarted three times, "Colby Rasmus is a sure thing – 3rd try". Ultimately, those who wanted a baseball discussion prevailed. On page three of five, "eaststl" ran a very interesting analysis of other past 20-year-old major leaguers to help suggest when Rasmus might be ready for his big call.
For the post noted above, "eaststl" is our latest winner of the "Post of the Week" award. In recognition, "eaststl" collects a free four-week subscription to stlcardinals.scout.com and all the other great sites in the Scout.com network.
Next week, it can be you! So, keep posting!
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