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Source: Ludwick, Cards Reach Deal

The Cardinals have reportedly avoided arbitration with outfielder Ryan Ludwick by agreeing to a one-year, $3.7 million contract.

Ludwick can earn another $100,000 if he gets 675 plate appearances this year.

RealGM Staff Report: Ludwick was ranked 57th in season FIC and 'deserved' to make $12M in 2008, giving him an excellent Reina Value of +2,820%.

Via ESPN


Pujols: Cardinals Need To Be Committed To Winning To Keep Me

Albert Pujols discussed his confidence in the direction of the Cardinals on Sunday, while also stating his desire to retire as a member of the team.

"Do I want to be in St. Louis forever? Of course," Pujols said. "Because that city has opened the door to me and my family like no other city is ever going to do. I don't want to [go to] any other city, but if that time comes I'm pretty sure wherever I go they are going to do the same way -- hopefully, open the doors. But I don't think it's to be anything compared to St. Louis.

"People from other teams want to play in St. Louis and they're jealous that we're in St. Louis because the fans are unbelievable. So why would you want to leave a place like St. Louis to go somewhere else and make $3 or $4 more million a year? It's not about the money. I already got my money. It's about winning and that's it. It's about accomplishing my goal and my goal is to try to win. If this organization shifts the other way then I have to go the other way."

n Pujols' eyes, the organization has not yet "shifted the other way." He expressed support for the franchise's course in recent years, while also emphasizing again that a new contract is not a big priority.

"When that time comes, then we're going to figure it out," he said. "And I told you, I'm not going to lie to you, it's not about the money all the time. It's about being in a place to win and being in a position to win. If the Cardinals are willing to do that and put a team every year like they have, I'm going to try to work everything out to stay in this town. But if they're not on the same page of bringing championship caliber to play every year, then it's time for me to go somewhere else. Where? Somewhere else that I can win.

"But we don't have to worry about that because I still have a couple of years. As long as they bring in talent and they keep drafting guys and doing moves here and there, then I don't have to worry about that. I'm happy with what I got. I play one year at a time and when that time comes we'll figure it out. But it's not always about how much money can I get. It's about winning. I've already told you guys. I've got 10 fingers and I've nine plain that I can fill up with World Series rings. I want to win."

Via MLB.com


Cards' LaRussa For Zero-Tolerence Drug Policy

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa doesn't believe that there is a place for performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.

"I would agree with those who've said, 'No if, ands or buts -- zero tolerance,' " La Russa said. "If you could get the union to agree with that, that would be a step in the [right] direction."

La Russa has staunchly defended Mark McGwire, who refused to answer questions about steroids in baseball during a congressional hearing.

"Back in those days, you start really scrutinizing more what each of us could have done," La Russa said. "We all share some of the blame for not being proactive."

Via ESPN


Cards, Ankiel Agree To One-Year Deal

The Cardinals and outfielder Rick Ankiel have agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $2.85 million for the 2009 season.

The number is the midpoint between the $3.3 million Ankiel asked for and the $2.35 million that St. Louis had offered.

"We are excited to get this deal done and put the process behind us," general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. "Everyone felt that this agreement was fair to both parties and we can now look forward to another strong season of play from Rick."

Via ESPN


Cardinals Surprisingly Release Kennedy

The Cardinals made a surprising move on Monday when they released second baseman Adam Kennedy just a week before spring training.

St. Louis requested waivers on Kennedy that will expire on Wednesday, when he'll become an unrestricted free agent.

Via ESPN


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