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Saturday News & Notes: CardsBlog Is Back!

Good Morning Cardinal Nation,

So we are still working on some things and trying to improve our site, but CardsBlog is back and running and we are officially here to bring to you your Cardinals news each and every day. You’ll notice some more changes over the coming days and weeks, but we felt it was necessary to get back to life as soon as possible. With that said, here’s what I have for you this morning:

Francisco Liriano, who won the A.L. Cy Young just two seasons ago, signed a 2-year deal worth $12.75 million with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday. In 2012, he went 6-12 with a 5.34 ERA.

— Derrick Goold wrote an extensive column this morning about the Cardinals’ need for depth in their middle-infield positions. As he notes, the market for 2012 is very weak, but there might be a few options lined up for the 2013 offseason.

— Viva El Birdos takes a look at the Cardinals top novelty prospects. 

— If you go to Cardinals.com this morning, you can get 25% off all in-stock items.

I think if you look at the Cardinals lineup, they have plenty of power. We all like to talk about how they had five players in 2012 who hit at least 20 HR’s and 70 RBIs. It’s OK that there are not superstars at the second base and shortstop position. I’m also not totally convinced that Rafael Furcal will have nothing to show for in 2013. He says that he is completely healthy, and if he can produce similar numbers to what he put up in 2012 (.264 BA, 69 runs, 18 doubles, 49 RBIs), then I’m excited that he will be statistically one of the weakest hitters in the lineup.

Pete Kozma was exposed in 2012, both for the positive and negative. While he is a work in progress, I’m not opposed to him getting an ample amount of playing time in 2013 either. In 26 games (72) ABs during 2012, he hit .333 with two home runs and 14 RBIs.

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