For many players who have ever played for the Cardinals, their most productive years often come during their tenure in St. Louis.
Chris Carpenter. Edgar Renteria. Scott Rolen. All examples of all-stars who gave their best years to the Cardinals and their fans.
And that is not by chance.
The Cardinals organization has a long history of smart free agency signings, savvy trades, and drafting home-grown stars as well.
And like any good card player, the Cardinals know when to hold them and when to fold them, which often means trading an all-star just before his value drops or letting a "cornerstone" player walk in free agency who wants far too much cash for his services.
Here's a look back at ten players the Cardinals were wise to bid adieu.