This time of year, news slows to a crawl.  The big names have signed (well, mostly), clubs are working at less than capacity as people take vacations, and everyone just kinda catches their breath before the push to February and pitchers and catchers reporting.The Cardinals are no different.  They've had their action, signing Carlos Beltran to replace their departing free agent and save for a discussion of what he brings to the table and how he's going to be used, there's not much else over in the Post-Dispatch sports section.I've got one more post in me for the year, the United Cardinal Bloggers' regular December project, and that'll go up Friday (if not before).  To pass the time, though, I've received a lot of different links and news in my inbox that I've been meaning...

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