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This article covers the week ending Saturday, November 22.
The oddest story of the week in The Cardinal Nation is the on-and-off signing of left-handed reliever Trever Miller. On page three of the thread "Cards Sign Trever Miller", "kotheb" looked at Miller's key stats compared to other available lefties, BA/OBP/SLG against left-handed hitters as well as runner strand rate.
In an unusual thread outlining different theories and motivations behind decisions made by players, agents and clubs, "The Westcoast Journal", "bicyclemike" conducted a definitive post-mortem on the failed Matt Holliday trade on page one.
Our "TRADES/RUMORS/TRADE IDEAS – CONTINUED" thread is still running strong, as it has all off-season long. On page 42, "thejager" offered another trade/signing scenario for the Cardinals for next season, built off bringing in free agent closer Francisco Rodriguez.
A very interesting discussion that offered the challenge: "You make the call – arbitration for Looper?" was furthered by "BobReed". In his post, Reed made a very thorough analysis, yet ended up on the fence. This may reflect the feelings of many about the free agent starter Braden Looper.
This is the time of year when a lot of bugs are going around, including those that afflict impatient baseball fans, resulting in a high level of trade and free agent anxiety. On page two of the thread "I'm just so incredibly sick of this…", "Catman61" took a look back at the specifics of teams interested last time A.J. Burnett was a free agent three years ago while noting his lack of durability over his career.
Almost lost in all the gnashing of teeth last week was the positive story "Albert Wins MVP thread". On page seven, "forsch31" took a look back at the August and September stats of all the National League Most Valuable Player candidates, illustrating Pujols' consistency and superior stats to most of them, even in the final weeks of the season.
In recognition of some solid research and the resulting non-emotional post about a very emotional topic, "forsch31" 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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