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Spirited St Louis system stars in 2013
That consistency is a sign of a strong organization -- one that's built itself for success from the bottom up -- and that is certainly a way to describe St. Louis. Of the team's eight regular position players during the past season, veterans Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday were the only ones who hadn't been drafted by the Cardinals or hadn't at least come up through their system.
What's more -- the future looks even brighter, given the contributions of Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez and Kevin Siegrist -- each of whom started the year in the Minors -- during the playoffs.
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What is Plan B at 2B? Have the situation passed the point of no return?
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Yankees say no to Phillips-Gardner deal
Nevertheless, when the Reds called and asked if the Yankees would be interested in swapping Gardner for Brandon Phillips, there was some discussion before the Yankees rejected it.
The Yankees were not attracted to Phillips because he has four years at $50 million left on his contract, has had declining offense and has had some public skirmishes with Reds ownership. Also, anticipating that Robinson Cano might leave, Phillips and his reps put the Yankees on what is believed to be a 12-team no-trade list. It was possibly intimated to the Yankees that for Phillips to even consider a deal, he would have to have his contract extended.
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Reds offered Phillips, Yankees rejected
Heyman reports the Reds offered Phillips to the Yankees for Brett Gardner, but were rejected. At some point before the offer was made, Phillips asked the Reds to open up his contract to add more money. Phillips does have a no-trade clause.
Phillips, 32, hit .261/.310/396 (92 OPS+) with 18 home runs and 103 RBI in 2013. He is owed $50 million over the next four years. The 30-year-old Gardner hit .273/.344/.416 (108 OPS+) with 24 stolen base this past season and is due to become a free agent next winter. Both players are above-average defenders at their position.
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 16: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball dwhile defended by Ryan Clark #25 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game at Paul Brown Stadium on September 16, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Clark feels disrespect from Bengals
he implied that the mostly young Bengals team has been chirping adverse things about his team in recent months and years. He implied that the division-leading Bengals, filled with veterans who started elsewhere and fresh-faced players who have been groomed by the franchise within the last four or five seasons, don't know anything about the Steelers-Bengals rivalry, and that they couldn't care less about it.
"I don't think there's a lot of respect for the Pittsburgh Steelers in Cincinnati," Clark said. "I don't think they necessarily understand the history, or know the history, nor care about it."
Bengals' balanced offense poses threat to Steelers
The goal for the Steelers, said defensive end Cam Heyward, is to put the game into the hands of the sometimes-erratic Dalton, who endured a rough two-game stretch before leading the Bengals to their current three-game winning streak. He completed 24 of 34 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-28 win over the Colts on Sunday.
On the Steelers: Offense not running on empty
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
"I think we're capable of changing the pace on offense," Tomlin said Tuesday. "We're capable of running it, we're capable of passing it."
No, they are not, say the cold, hard facts. The Steelers rank lower than they have in their history at 31 in the 32-team NFL with an average of just 77.4 yards rushing per game. Their 3.4-yard average per carry ranks 30th. They have not had a 100-yard rusher in the past 21 games, the longest active draught in the NFL.