STLSportsPage.com’s Annual Countdown: Top Seven Cardinals Stories of 2020
For the 12th year in a row, STLSportsPage.com is back with our annual tradition of counting down the top seven Cardinals stories from the past year. As we reflect on the highs and lows of 2020, we can’t help but get excited for what’s to come in the future. And coming in at number three on our list is a story that has the potential to shape the Cardinals for years to come – the signing of three free agent starters, led by the talented Sonny Gray.
Sonny Gray: A Game-Changing Signing for the Cardinals
In November, the Cardinals made a major move by signing Sonny Gray to a three-year deal. Gray, who finished second in the AL Cy Young award voting for the Minnesota Twins, brings a wealth of talent and experience to the Cardinals’ pitching rotation. With his impressive track record and proven ability to dominate on the mound, Gray has the potential to be a game-changer for the Cardinals in the years to come.
A Trio of Talent: Lance Lynn and Kyle Gibson Join the Cardinals
But the Cardinals didn’t stop there. Just a week after signing Gray, they also added two more free agent starters to their roster – former Cardinal Lance Lynn and Kyle Gibson. Both Lynn and Gibson signed one-year deals with an option for a second season, giving the Cardinals even more depth and talent in their pitching rotation. With these three additions, the Cardinals are poised to have a strong and formidable pitching staff in the upcoming seasons.
Looking Ahead: The Impact of the Free Agent Signings on the 2024 Cardinals
While the 2020 season may have been a challenging one for the Cardinals, the signing of Sonny Gray and the addition of Lance Lynn and Kyle Gibson give us hope for the future. These three talented pitchers have the potential to make a significant impact on the Cardinals’ success in the years to come. And as we look ahead to the 2024 season, we can’t help but imagine the possibilities for this talented team. Top Seven Cardinals Stories of 2020
By Rob Rains
For the 12th consecutive year, STLSportsPage.com is counting down the top seven Cardinals stories from this year. The third story on our list is the signing of three free agent starters, led by Sonny Gray, which will hopefully have a major impact on the 2024 Cardinals.
Sonny Gray Signs Three-Year Deal with Cardinals
In November, the Cardinals signed Sonny Gray to a three-year deal after he finished second in the AL Cy Young award voting for the Minnesota Twins. Gray’s introductory press conference with the Cardinals can be heard by clicking here.
The signing of Gray came a week after the Cardinals also signed former Cardinal Lance Lynn and Kyle Gibson to one-year deals, with an option for a second season.
Number 4 – Cardinals Make Flurry of Deadline Trades
The Cardinals made three trades in the final two days before the Aug. 1 deadline with the Blue Jays, Rangers, and Orioles. Due to the team’s disappointing performance on the field, the Cardinals traded pitchers Jordan Hicks, Jordan Montgomery, and Jack Flaherty and shortstop Paul DeJong in exchange for numerous prospects. Click here to read the story after the final deal, sending Flaherty to the Orioles. For our story from July 30 on the trades with Toronto and Texas involving Hicks and Montgomery, click here.
Number 5 – Scott Rolen Heads to Cooperstown
The story coming in fifth was the news that another former Cardinal, Scott Rolen, was headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The election was expected to be close and it was – by a margin of only five votes. To read our story about that memorable day for Rolen and his family, click here.
Number 6 – David Freese Turns Down Spot in Team’s Hall of Fame
Freese was voted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame by fans in his first season of eligibility, but a couple of months before the planned induction ceremony, he announced that he was declining the honor. The hometown hero of the Cardinals 2011 World Series championship, Freese announced his decision in a press release issued by the team. To read our story from that day, including the statement from Freese, click here.
Number 7 – Cardinals Play Historic Games in London
In June, the Cardinals played two games against the Cubs in London, the first time in franchise history the Cardinals played a regular-season game in a country other than the United States, Canada, or Mexico. The Cardinals were blown out in the first game as Adam Wainwright gave up more hits than he recorded outs. Click here to read the story from that game. In the second game, the Cardinals came back to win in dramatic fashion. Click here to read the story from that game.