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Handicapping the 2007 Cards' 40-Man: Part One

Josh Hancock among those with no place to go

Without trades, injuries or waivers, at least 15 of the players on the St. Louis Cardinals' 40-man roster will not make the 2007 club out of Spring Training. In the first part of a two-part article, we establish some ground rules to help identify who that might be and why.

As they do every year, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and his coaching staff come into Spring Training with an open mind – at least in their comments made for public consumption. Everyone in camp has a chance to make their club, goes the party line. That generally begins with the forty players on the club's 40-man roster, or more realistically, a subset of the 40. Most clubs, including...

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