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Cards build around Carpenter

Many wrote off St. Louis because of its starting pitching and an underwhelming offseason. Big mistake.

Originally Published: June 24, 2004
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty was roundly criticized for giving a two-year contract to Chris Carpenter, who was unable to pitch that first season because of an injury. Jocketty was questioned about making Jason Marquis his biggest trade if the offseason, and for making Jeff Suppan, not Greg Maddux, his biggest free agent signing last winter.

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And yet here it is the first week of summer, the Cardinals are in first place in the National League Central, mainly ...

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