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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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Marlins 13, Mets 0: Well, that one got out of hand. Chris Young was beaten like a red headed stepchild (can we still say that?), allowing two homers and four RBI to Giancarlo Stanton and a mess of runs to everyone else. Jose Reyes extends his hitting streak to 26 games.

Giants 15, Cardinals 0: This one got even more out of hand. Marco Scutaro drove in seven, hitting a grand slam, doubling in a couple and singling in one. Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven scoreless, but it was kinda unnecessary.

Padres 2, Cubs 0: Clayton Richard shut the Cubs out on five hits. The Cubs now own the longest losing streak in the game at eight.

Brewers 3, Reds 2: Ryan Braun was 0 for his last 18 before he hit the game winning RBI double in the eighth. In other news I almost wrote “Russell Brand” instead of Ryan Braun. Man that would have been a different ballgame.

Rays 3, Blue Jays 2: Maybe this game was just boring, but all the various game stories I’ve read seem to want to talk about how that this win clinched the 16th straight home series win by the Rays over the Blue Jays which fails the interesting factoid test for me in that it’s neither independently interesting — it doesn’t make you say “aw, neat!” — and it has zero predictive value.

Pirates 7, Diamondbacks 6: Neil Walker homered and drove in five. I thought a month or two ago that the Pirates would not be for real if Andrew McCutchen was the only legitimate offensive threat. Well, he’s not that anymore. Walker has been tough stuff.

Nationals 4, Astros 3: Of their four runs, only two were technically driven in and both of them came from the bat of Gio Gonzalez, who hit a two run homer. The others: on a balk and on an error. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 Houston Astros.

Royals 2, White Sox 1: Where in the hell did that come from, Jeremy Guthrie? Eight shutout innings with zero walks and six strikeouts.

Braves 12, Phillies 6: Neither starter had anything — Tim Hudson and Kyle Kendrick were both touched for six runs — and it was six-all in the seventh when Dan Uggla hit a bases clearing double and another run scored on an error. Oh, and David Ross stole a base. It was his first in 636 career games. Even without the stolen base, he’s easily baseball’s best backup catcher over the past four years. No question about it, right?

Yankees 12, Tigers 8: The Tigers lost for the first time in six games thanks in part to Curtis Granderson driving in four. It wasn’t easy for the Yankees, though. They had a 7-0 lead which the Tigers closed to 8-7 by the seventh inning. The Yankees rapped out 18 hits and scored their 12 runs on the back of only one homer, so that should make “the Yankees are too home run-dependent” crowd shut up a bit.

Orioles 9, Mariners 2: Steve Johnson made his first major league start. And he struck out nine over six innings for the win. Matt Wieters went 2 for 5 and drove in five for his second straight big game.

Athletics 9, Angels 8: The Angels hit five home runs — two by Kendrys Morales — but they weren’t enough because LaTroy Hawkins and Zack Greinke got rocked. A’s closer Ryan Cook’s explanation for the A’s success: “It’s chemistry, man.” Not enough facepalms in the world.

Rangers 10, Red Sox 9: Josh Hamilton homered and had four RBI. Josh Beckett gave up a season-high eight runs on eight hits, three of which were homers. Someone tell me if he’s hurt or if he just sucks, because I can’t decide if I should boo him or not.

Indians 6, Twins 2: I wrote this up yesterday, but suffice it to say, the streak ends at 11.

Dodgers 6, Rockies 4: Eric Young hit an inside the park homer. Cool. Matt Kemp answered with a more traditional homer, this of the three run variety. I’m sure he was far less tired after that than Young was. Matt Treanor was 0 for 3, but he’s the only one in the game whose wife won a gold medal in the Olympics yesterday, so he can be excused.

Cardinals, Dexter Fowler agree to a five-year, $82 million deal

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02:  Dexter Fowler #24 of the Chicago Cubs reacts during the seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Cardinals have officially signed outfielder Dexter Fowler to a five-year, $82.5 million contract. Fowler will also get a full no-trade clause.

The Cardinals gave Fowler a bigger deal than many speculated he’d get, as some reports predicted he’d get something in the $52-72 million range. His skills, however — he’s a fantastic leadoff hitter who plays a premium defensive position — definitely earned him some major dough. Fowler hit .276/.393/.447 with 13 homers, 48 RBI and 13 steals over 125 games in 2016 for the World Series champion Cubs.

For the Cardinals, this will allow Matt Carpenter to move down to the middle of the batting order and will shift Randal Grichuk to left field. It also takes a prime piece from the Cardinals’ biggest rival. For their part, earlier this offseason the Cubs signed former Cardinal center fielder Jon Jay. So that’s fun.

Are the Cardinals about to go on a free agent binge?

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The Cardinals have always emphasized building from within. In the 2016-17 offseason, however, they may end up being one of the bigger free agent buyers. At least according to some informed speculation.

St. Louis is already in agreement with Dexter Fowler. But Derrick Goold and Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch write today that the Cardinals “could become more aggressive than previously believed,” with Mark Trumbo and Edwin Encarnacion as “possible pursuits.” Worth noting that separate reports alleged some interest on the part of the Cards front office in free agent third baseman Justin Turner.

The Cardinals are already losing their first round pick due to the Fowler signing, so any other top free agent won’t cost them more than the money he’s owed. And as far as money goes, the Cardinals have a great deal of it, despite being a small market team. They have a billion dollar TV deal coming online and Matt Holliday and Jaime Garcia are off the payroll now. Spending big on a free agent or three would not cripple them or anything.

Encarnacion or Trumbo would be first baseman, which wold fly in the face of the Cards’ move of Matt Carpenter to first base (and, at least as far as Encarnacion goes, would fly in the face of good defense). Getting either of them would push Carpenter back to second, displacing Kolten Wong, or over to third, displacing Jhonny Peralta. If you’re going to do that, I’d say that Turner would make more sense, but what do I know?

Either way, the Cardinals may be entering a pretty interesting phase of their offseason now. And an unfamiliar one as, quite possibly, the top free agent buyer on the market.