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This article covers the week ending Saturday, November 8.
The biggest stories in The Cardinal Nation this past week surrounded the future of outfielder Ryan Ludwick, with the most prevalent rumor sending him to the Colorado Rockies in return for Matt Holliday. In the thread "holliday rumors", which is now up to 11 pages, there were several noteworthy posts.
On page one, "Cardsfan914" dug into Holliday's much-talked about road splits and concluded he is for real. "Beopig" brought Ludwick and Rick Ankiel into the analysis and the benefits were not as clear. On page four, "forsch31", last week's winner here, evaluated the effect of Ludwick as protection for Albert Pujols in the Cardinals batting order.
Still our most long-running and entertaining thread remains "TRADES/RUMORS/TRADE IDEAS – CONTINUED". On page 30, "Cardsfan914" was back with some stats to back up a case in favor of the Cardinals signing free agent reliever Pedro Feliciano, last with the Mets. Page 31 brought a pair of solid posts from "philskill", one on potential trade target Jake Peavy's splits and the other about the prospect of trading for outfielder Delmon Young.
An outgrowth of the Holliday trade discussion became its potential impact on the Cardinals player payroll and eventually on the contract status of Albert Pujols. In the thread, "What is Albert's Extension Worth?" "philskill" stepped up with a very well thought-out post on how much he would pay when and why.
In recognition of three noteworthy posts, "philskill" is our winner of the "Post of the Week. He 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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