2014

July 31, 2014: Cardinals trade Allen Craig, Joe Kelly to acquire John Lackey

Heading into the 2014 trade deadline, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak knew that he needed to shake up his ballclub. As the defending National League champions prepared to play the final game of a three-game series against the Padres, they sat in third place in the Central Division, 2 ½ games behind the Brewers and …

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November 17, 2014: Cardinals trade for Jason Heyward following Oscar Taveras’s passing

Just 22 days after outfielder Oscar Taveras passed away in an alcohol-related car accident in his native Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, the Cardinals traded away two young pitchers to obtain the player they hoped would take Taveras’s place as their right fielder of the future. On November 17, 2014, the Cardinals traded pitchers Shelby Miller …

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May 31, 2014: Oscar Taveras homers in his major-league debut

By the time Oscar Taveras made his major-league debut for the St. Louis Cardinals on May 31, 2014, it was almost impossible for expectations to get much higher. More than a year earlier, St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak compared Taveras to Albert Pujols, prompting Sports Illustrated to write prior to the 2013 season that …

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