Good Morning Cardinal Nation. Here’s what I have for you this morning:

BERKMAN SAYS NO PEDS: According to Richard Durrett of, Lance Berkman believes that players involved with PED use should not be allowed in the Hall of Fame.

From the article: “My personal opinion as a guy who’s done it clean my whole career is that if a guy has taken steroids he shouldn’t be in,” said Berkman, who just signed a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers for 2013. “I know that there are guys whose career was made because they took steroids. They might not have even been major leaguers had they not just absolutely gone off the deep end on that stuff.”

MORE LOHSE RUMORS: Despite rumors about the Los Angeles Angels thinking of signing Kyle Lohse, Alden Gonzalez, the Angels beat writer for, says that they will no longer pursue him. 


REVIEWING CARDS’ OFFSEASON: Joe Strauss is taking a look at the Cardinals’ offseason so far and wondering whether they have done enough. Here’s the thing: the reality is that the Cardinals’ real only problem is their lack of depth up the middle, and it sounds like they’re choosing not to address it to save some money for a potential new contract for Adam Wainwright that is bound to be over $100 million. Not to mention, you could very well make the argument that between Rafael Furcal, Daniel Descalso, Pete Kozma, and Matt Carpenter, they can piece together a middle-infield that is really not all bad. Keep in mind that  some of these guys were in fact the ones partially responsible for the 2011 World Series run. I’m really not too worried about them at this point. Their biggest need at the beginning of the offseason was to get a left-handed reliever, and they did that by acquiring Randy Choate.