DALLAS -- The last time that Cardinals personnel visited this part of the country, it was pretty memorable: just six weeks ago for the World Series. This time around, it's another of baseball's big events.
The annual Winter Meetings get under way on Monday at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, and with all of the winter's biggest names still unsigned, it figures to be an entertaining few days. The Winter Meetings remain one of baseball's biggest events and MLB.com will be all over them, from Monday's first sessions through Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.
Cardinals.com will have a strong presence at the Meetings, with stories, blog posts, @tweets and multimedia content throughout the four-day congregation.
One annual highlight of the meetings is the managers' media sessions, and this year that will be especially true. New skipper Mike Matheny will meet with reporters at 2:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday, and of course we'll have a story based on whatever the manager has to say. We'll also have stories following general manager John Mozeliak's daily briefings with reporters, and naturally we'll be all over any news that breaks.
The Winter Meetings also feature the announcement of the winners of the Hall of Fame's Ford Frick Award and J.G. Taylor Spink Award, for broadcasters and writers, respectively, and we could see the announcement of a new Hall of Famer via the Golden Era Committee. Former Cardinals Ken Boyer and Jim Kaat are among the candidates for induction this year.
The top story for many Cardinals fans is, of course, the pursuit of Albert Pujols, who remains unsigned in his first time as a free agent. But the Cardinals have other matters to pursue as well, including the middle infield, the bullpen and perhaps the bench. Mozeliak and his associates figure to be busy throughout the meetings.
So if you're a Cardinals fan, be sure to visit the site regularly this week. And please take to the comments below and let us know what you'd like to see the club do, as well as what topics you'd like to see covered at Cardinals.com as the meetings progress.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.