Cardinals Rumors & News

  • Matheny in no rush to designate Cardinals closer

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals don’t really have a pitcher who qualifies as a top-drawer closer, but manager Mike Matheny said on Thursday that he would be all right with no one being designated the ninth-inning man when camp ends. And perhaps even beyond that. “That’s not a goal at all,” Matheny said. “It will..." February 22

  • Could Lance Lynn be final piece for Twins?

    Fanrag Sports "The Minnesota Twins still have “some flexibility” to pursue a starting pitcher if they find a deal they like. And sources suggest that pitcher of interest could be Lance Lynn, who they seem to prefer among the remaining top free-agent starters. After losing out on Yu Darvish, who they met..." February 22

  • Report: MLB floating idea of letting trailing team bat anyone they want in 9th inning

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been searching for ways in recent years to improve pace of play and inject more drama into games, but one idea that an MLB executive floated this week seems downright preposterous. During Tuesday’s edition of “The Rich Eisen Show,” Eisen revealed that he was told by an..." February 21

  • Carpenter, whose back is stiff, will work mostly at first base

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Matt Carpenter, programmed to play several positions this spring, will be spending most of his time defensively at first base when the Cardinals start their full-scale workouts on Monday. Manager Mike Matheny said Carpenter had been experiencing some back tightness _ he was slowed by a similar..." February 18

  • Cardinals sign Jason Motte to a minor-league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Cardinals picked up free agent reliever Jason Motte on a minor-league deal, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday. The contract comes with an invitation to camp, but won’t be official until Motte passes his physical on Monday. It’s a homecoming of sorts for the..." February 16

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • Wainwright asks media to get retirement questions out of the way now

    MLB.com "There were dire days last year, Adam Wainwright admits now, when he considered hanging it up. Sure, the most celebrated Cardinals pitcher in recent memory was under contract through that season and the next. But his fastball felt less fierce. His curve became less compliant. Coming off his..." February 15

  • Why haven't the Cardinals or Brewers signed Jake Arrieta already?

    Chicago Tribune "Unless Jake Arrieta pulls a Dexter Fowler for one more year, the Cubs said goodbye to their former ace when they gave Yu Darvish a six-year, $126 million hello. I still expect Arrieta to get paid, maybe not as much as Darvish, but still some kind of generational money. The question is why..." February 15

  • Cardinals GM says Alex Reyes won't be the team's closer this season, so who will?

    CBS Sports "Earlier in the week, the St. Louis Cardinals signed veteran reliever Bud Norris to a one-year deal. Norris, who gained closing experience last season with the Los Angeles Angels, is viewed as a potential ninth-inning option for his new club, along with fellow free-agent signee Luke Gregerson..." February 15

  • Cardinals Place Rowan Wick On Waivers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals have placed righty Rowan Wick on waivers, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (via Twitter). His 40-man spot will go to righty Bud Norris, whose previously reported signing is now official." February 14

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • Mets signing Lynn or Cobb would be wise for this season and beyond

    SNY TV "The Mets could best stabilize their rotation for this season by signing Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, or Jake Arrieta to a multiyear deal. However, having Lynn, Cobb or Arietta in the mix can help in other ways, as well... Matt Harvey will be a free agent after this season and almost certainly will..." February 12

  • Bud Norris agrees to 1-year contract with Cardinals

    ESPN "The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a one-year deal with right-hander Bud Norris, according to multiple reports. The deal, which is pending a physical, was first reported Monday by The Athletic. Norris, 32, made 57 relief appearances and three starts for the Los Angeles Angels last..." February 12

  • How Lance Lynn could be affordable Yankees' backup plan for Yu Darvish

    Newark Star-Ledger "We know for sure that the Yankees took a shot at signing free agent pitcher Yu Darvish in January because Darvish himself admitted they made an offer. The four-time All-Star did so in a tweet that, without naming names, shot down Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay's ESPN radio report of a..." February 12

  • Wong no longer thirsts to bat first for the Cardinals

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Unlike recent springs, Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong sees no need in lobbying to bat leadoff in the order. Wong most likely will hit eighth, perhaps seventh once in a while, and he is content with it. He knows full well that Dexter Fowler is penciled in as Mike Matheny’s leadoff hitter,..." February 08

  • Lynn on the outside looking in as former Cardinals teammates work out

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As his former teammates crossed the chalk lines Wednesday, made some throws, took some grounders and went through their early, informal spring workouts, Lance Lynn watched, briefly, from the other side of the fence. He was, quite literally, on the outside looking in. Welcome to the year free..." February 08

  • Scott Boras not sending his clients to MLBPA spring training

    Larry Brown Sports "If the MLBPA does end up organizing its own spring training for players who remain unsigned, some of the top free agents on the market will not be attending. On Thursday, Scott Boras told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that he is not planning to send any of his clients to a free agent camp. At this..." February 08

  • Lance Lynn, Orioles Rumored to Be Engaged in Contract Discussions

    Bleacher Report "Searching for options to upgrade their starting rotation, the Baltimore Orioles have reportedly been in contact with free-agent pitcher Lance Lynn. Per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, discussions between the Orioles and Lynn took place last week but have not yet "advanced to a serious..." February 07

  • MLB blames agents for overpricing their free agent clients

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement on Tuesday ripping teams for their supposed concerted effort to drive down the price of free agents, and the league returned fire shortly thereafter. After MLBPA executive director Tony Clark accused MLB teams of engaging in a..." February 06

  • Tony Clark says teams’ failure to sign free agents “threatens the very integrity of the game”

    Hardball Talk "As spring training gets closer and closer, nearly 100 free agents remain unsigned, including several that were expected to land big paydays this offseason. As the weeks have worn on, player discontent has grown palpable, exhibiting itself via various statements from agents which, increasingly,..." February 06

  • Report: Mets could sign Lynn or Cobb if price is right

    SNY TV "The Mets are interested in signing RHP Lance Lynn or RHP Alex Cobb if the price is right, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Jim Duquette first reported that the Mets were exploring the second-tier free agent starting pitchers market Thursday night on SNY's Mets Hot Stove. "I'm told..." February 06

  • MLB Players union didn’t take long to back off ridiculous threat

    New York Post "The lamest threat in baseball history died a quick death Sunday afternoon. No, the players won’t be boycotting spring training, the Players Association clarified in a statement, refuting the words of its own star agent Brodie Van Wagenen. “Recent press reports have erroneously suggested that..." February 05

  • Lawsuit alleges Martinez was part of group to jump, break back of victim

    CBS St. Louis "St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez is facing a lawsuit that says he was part of a group that robbed a man outside a strip club in 2014. The Belleville News-Democrat reports Andrew D’Angelo filed the suit in St. Clair County. He alleges he was at a St. Louis bar on the 4th of July that..." February 03

  • Reyes could return as Cardinals closer

    MLB.com "It was about this time last February that Alex Reyes threw an offspeed pitch and cringed. The sensation he felt throughout his elbow was, as he later described it, "a pain that I hadn't felt before." That symptom led to a diagnosis, which left Reyes watching from the sidelines last season..." February 03

  • MLB is reportedly considering bringing back bullpen carts to improve pace of play

    CBS Sports "One of the ongoing storylines of baseball's offseason centers around the league's desire to improve pace of play. Earlier Thursday, word surfaced that commissioner Rob Manfred had proposed some alterations to the players -- including the chance to delay or put off a pitch clock. The players..." February 02

  • Scott Boras continues to hold up the MLB free-agent market, but will he blink first?

    New York Daily News "Is this the year Scott Boras fails to pull a rabbit out of a hat? Or three or four rabbits, to be precise? Yes, January has come and gone and, remarkably, baseball’s big free-agent freeze hasn’t even begun to melt. Spring training begins in less than two weeks and you can still field something..." February 01

  • Report: MLB recording dugout phone conversations to eliminate sign stealing

    12 Up "Yes, the MLB is actually ready to go this far. ​Last season, sign stealing became a big issue during a rivalry series between the ​New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. New York claimed that a staff member for the Red Sox was passing information from the video room to the players through the..." January 30

  • MLB now going out of its way to celebrate bat-flip immodesty

    New York Post "Even in January, “The Game has changed.” That’s the standard rationalization/half-explanation to a full one that, if completed, defies sense. Even now, when the NFL has about completed another season of trying to wring every last vestige of the sport from its sport — Vince Lombardi is rolling..." January 29

  • Six reasons why the Cardinals should add more starting pitching

    CBS Sports "The Cardinals have been fairly quiet since their Dec. 14 trade for Marcell Ozuna. While the Ozuna addition surely moves the needle when it comes to the Cardinals' chances of making the postseason in 2018, needs remain. Mostly, the focus has been on third base. While you can certainly argue..." January 28

  • Blue Jays’ Grichuk: I was hoping to be traded to Toronto

    Sportsnet "Going into the off-season, Randal Grichuk knew there was a possibility he could be traded. The St. Louis Cardinals simply had too many outfielders and something had to give. Grichuk did his research and learned the Toronto Blue Jays were searching for outfield help and that there was a chance..." January 26

  • Report: Remaining free agents considering starting free agent spring training camp

    Hardball Talk "Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has a couple of interesting pieces of information in his latest column. The first is that some of the remaining free agents — of which there are many — are considering starting their own spring training camp. The second is that the MLBPA is investigating whether or not..." January 26

  • Scott Boras Rips MLB, Says League Must Fix 'Noncompetitive Cancer'

    Bleacher Report "Prominent sports agent Scott Boras ripped Major League Baseball for allowing teams to tank seasons in order to acquire high draft picks and top prospects. Boras, whose clients have been impacted by a sluggish free-agent market during the current MLB offseason, referenced the 1919 Chicago White..." January 25

  • Top 100 MLB Prospects 2018

    Baseball America "Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB Prospects is the natural demarcation between one season to another. Countless conversations with scouts, coaches and team officials as well as many road trips over the past year lead to this list. And as soon as we put it in your hands, we begin working toward..." January 22

  • The best way to fix MLB’s pace of play problems

    New York Post "You want to improve the pace of play in the majors, then remove the smart off-field people from impacting the action. Notice the word “action.” Overwhelming sentiment is that hitters and pitches are not slowing down the game nearly as much as smart people are by feeding more information to..." January 22

  • Blue Jays acquire outfielder Randal Grichuk from Cardinals

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Randal Grichuk from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for pitchers Dominic Leone and Conner Greene. Grichuk, who is controllable through the 2020 season, hit .238 with 22 home runs and 59 RBI in 122 games for the Cardinals in 2017. The 26-year..." January 19

  • Cubs catcher clarifies remarks that angered Yadier Molina

    Larry Brown Sports "Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras stirred up some drama last week with some comments about himself and his veteran counterparts at the position, but now he is taking time to clarify his remarks. In a recent interview with Steve Greenberg of the Chicago Sun-Times, Contreras said that he no..." January 18

  • Yadier Molina Responds to Willson Contreras' Confident Comments in Latest Instagram

    12 Up "Having confidence as a young player in the MLB is a good thing. However, when you start claiming that you'll be better than the guys who have already proven themselves in the league over and over again, that's a problem. Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras claimed that he's going to be..." January 17

  • Cubs’ catcher Wilson Contreras: ‘I know that I’m going to be better’ than Buster Posey, Yadier Molina

    KNBR "Wilson Contreras has played in just 193 Major League games, and this year, the Chicago Cubs’ catcher will turn 26 years old. While Contreras has performed well at the plate to this point in his career, he hasn’t exactly established himself as one of baseball’s elite catchers. Contreras, though,..." January 17

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Pham does his job by the numbers

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "What became the achievements that defined Tommy Pham’s ascendant season began, modestly enough, as a series of goals, scrawled neatly in Pham’s tight, upright cursive on a white sheet of paper. He keeps a picture of it on his smartphone, and on Sunday dialed it up as proof that he once predicted..." January 15

  • Yadier Molina plans to retire after 2020 season

    Sportsnaut "The career of one of the decade’s best baseball players now has a definitive finish line. St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina announced on Monday that he’s planning on retiring after the 2020 season. That would take Molina through the end of his contract that will pay him $60 million over..." January 15

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Cardinals exec feels there is 'momentum' for bringing the DH to the National League

    CBS Sports "At some point in the future, the designated hitter will be brought to the National League. I don't know if it'll happen in five years, or 10 years, or 50 years, but it'll happen eventually. It's inevitable. Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak is personally against bringing..." January 14

  • Cardinals interested in Chris Archer

    Hardball Talk "Discussions between the Cardinals and Rays have “centered on Chris Archer,” Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Nothing appears to be imminent, and it’s worth noting that trade talks between the two sides fizzled out last month. Still, as club president John Mozeliak suggested..." January 14

  • For now, Mozeliak says Cardinals' bullpen is good enough

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As the Cardinals mapped their approach to this offseason and stirred internal debates about how to improve the roster from a third-place finish, executive John Mozeliak said his staff took a spin through lineup options, starter by starter, and “named them by name.” “They’re all good,” Mozeliak..." January 14

  • Kolten Wong relives Hawaii missile scare

    Snip Daily "St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong was busy Saturday participating in the team’s annual Winter Warm-Up in the gateway to the west. Further west, Wong’s homeland of Hawaii was seemingly under attack. For a good 30 minutes, citizens of the island state were frantically preparing for a..." January 14

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