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Barden Can Opt for Free Agency

Brian Barden, the National League Rookie of the Month in April, has the right to become a free agent here in August after having been removed from the Cardinals organization's 40-man roster again.

The "Double B" era may have officially ended in St. Louis. First, outfielder Brian Barton was traded to Atlanta this spring for a pitcher that was released shortly after, Blaine Boyer. Now, infielder Brian Barden has the right to become a free agent either immediately or at the end of the season. On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals outrighted Barden to the Memphis Redbirds. Though the 28-year...

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