Cardinals President Says Big-Name Signings Can Be Avoided Because They've "Consistently Won" Without Them

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Cardinals President Says Big-Name Signings Can Be Avoided Because They’ve “Consistently Won” Without Them

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Here’s some fun, Cardinals-related lulz to break up your afternoon.

Take it away, Cardinals President of Baseball Operations, John Mozeliak:

… have you, though?

Setting aside the wisdom of avoiding top free agents – who tend, obviously, to be the priciest – in service of being “smart” about “finances,” can the Cardinals credibly claim they have “consistently won” after Albert Pujols departed before the 2012 season?

To be sure, the Cardinals were absolutely right not to drop a monster contract on Pujols himself, but they haven’t exactly experienced tremendous success since then. Although they made the postseason in each of the first four years after his departure, they lost in the NLCS, World Series, NLCS, and NLDS (go Cubs), respectively, in those four years. In the next three years – the most recent three – the Cardinals averaged 85.67 wins per season, finished 2nd, 3rd, and 3rd in the NL Central, and missed the playoffs all three years.

So … uh …  well, you can read the replies to that tweet to see how Cardinals fans feel about the idea that they’ve “consistently won” in the post-Pujols era. A sampling:


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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.