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Did the Cardinals Really Increase Spending?

Record-setting bonus for Wagner Mateo

While the St. Louis Cardinals' top two amateur signings this summer have been for record amounts, looking at total budgets may leave a different impression.

There is no doubt that St. Louis Cardinals ownership and management deserve major credit for their summer acquisitions to strengthen the organization's Major League roster. The additions of Mark DeRosa, Matt Holliday, Julio Lugo and now John Smoltz have helped turn the club from a contender to the leader and favorite in the 2009 National League Central Division race.   The organization has... Recommended Stories

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