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How the Cardinals were built
10/04/2004 8:00 AM ET
General manager Walt Jocketty has been at the helm of the Cardinals for nearly 10 years, so he deserves plenty of credit for this year's National League Central champions. Jocketty is responsible for bringing aboard every last player on the current roster, as well as manager Tony La Russa. Here is how Jocketty built this year's Cardinals team:


  • RHP Matt Morris drafted in 1st round


  • LHP Rick Ankiel drafted in 2nd round


  • SS Edgar Renteria acquired from Florida Marlins for LHP Armando Almanza, RHP Braden Looper and SS Pablo Ozuna


  • C Mike Matheny signed as free agent
  • 1B Albert Pujols drafted in 13th round


  • CF Jim Edmonds acquired from Anaheim Angels for RHP Kent Bottenfield and 2B Adam Kennedy
  • LHP Steve Kline acquired with RHP Dustin Hermanson for RHP Britt Rheames and 3B Fernando Tatis
  • C Yadier Molina drafted in 4th round


  • RHP Danny Haren drafted in 2nd round
  • RHP Jason Isringhausen signed as free agent
  • RHP Woody Williams acquired from San Diego Padres for OF Ray Lankford and cash considerations


  • RHP Kiko Calero signed as minor league free agent
  • RHP Chris Carpenter signed as free agent
  • RHP Cal Eldred signed as minor league free agent
  • 3B Scott Rolen acquired with RHP Doug Nickle from Philadelphia Phillies for IF Placido Polanco, LHP Bud Smith and RHP Mike Timlin
  • RHP Jason Simontacchi signed as minor league free agent
  • OF So Taguchi signed as free agent


  • LHP Ray King, RHP Jason Marquis and RHP Adam Wainright acquired from Atlanta Braves for OF J.D. Drew and OF Eli Marrero
  • IF Hector Luna selected in Rule 5 Draft
  • OF Reggie Sanders signed as free agent
  • RHP Jeff Suppan signed as free agent


  • 2B Marlon Anderson signed as free agent
  • Acquired OF Roger Cedeno and cash from the New York Mets for C Chris Widger and IF Wilson Delgado
  • OF Ray Lankford signed as free agent
  • OF John Mabry signed as free agent
  • RHP Julian Tavarez signed as free agent
  • RF Larry Walker acquired from Colorado Rockies for RHP Jason Burch, LHP Luis Martinez and RHP Chris Narveson
  • 2B Tony Womack acquired from Boston Red Sox for RHP Matt Duff

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