Cardinals Rumors & News

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Cardinals players complained about clubhouse atmosphere

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Two months before Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright gathered their teammates for a pivotal players-only dinner at a Cincinnati steak house in August, it was clear that the Cardinals had lost their way on the diamond and in the clubhouse. Look around, a Cardinal told me, and see how many of the..." October 08

  • Who is leading Stanton sweepstakes?

    Fanrag Sports "Many Miami Marlins players aren’t expecting to be back next year due to the expected rebuild/selloff, as was mentioned here in the Giancarlo Stanton interview over the weekend. But the key to the anticipated rebuild is probably Stanton himself. While Jeter didn’t delve deeply into coming plans..." October 05

  • Lilliquist out as Cards seek pitching coach with 'modern' focus

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "By the time Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has left the dugout behind to make a move to the bullpen, he has already sifted through a stack of cards with influential statistics – left vs. right splits, groundball vs. strikeout rates, and much more – and heard what other data might be useful from..." October 05

  • Fowler laments games he missed

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Although he didn’t finish the season in the standings or in the lineup where he expected, Dexter Fowler pointed to another unexpected twist that defined his first summer with the Cardinals. Forget leadoff or cleanup. Too often, injuries kept him out of the lineup entirely. “I’ve got to play..." October 03

  • Cards' underachieving season ends with little fanfare, fewer runs

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When he rounded the bases Sunday for the Cardinals’ lonely run, Randal Grichuk never slowed down to consider it could be for the final time. Manager Mike Matheny approached Grichuk before his spot came up again in the ninth inning of the Cardinals’ season-ending, 6-1 loss to Milwaukee at Busch..." October 02

  • Tuivailala helps his cause for sticking with Cardinals

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The end of the 2017 Cardinals season meant many things to many people. There was a 10th straight winning season by the club but a second consecutive season without October baseball, unless you count Sunday, which was the first of the month, when there were scant few highlights in a 6-1 loss to the..." October 02

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • Cardinals are open to re-signing Juan Nicasio

    Hardball Talk "Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have already begun talks with right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio about a multi-year extension, though no deal is expected to come to fruition until the offseason. The 31-year-old righty was traded to the Cardinals for..." October 01

  • Protester tased, others pepper-sprayed downtown; banner unfurled at Cardinals-Brewers game

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Protesters in Busch Stadium Friday night unfurled a banner at the Cardinals-Brewers game with a rendition of the Cardinals' mascot and the words: "Stop Killing Us." That incident was followed later by a incident between protesters and police at Broadway and Walnut, where one demonstrator was..." September 30

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • Report: Cardinals expected to ‘strongly pursue’ Josh Donaldson this winter

    Sportsnet "The St. Louis Cardinals will miss the playoffs this year, but with a talented core of players they’re poised to contend again in 2018. Their chances of returning to the post-season would improve if they could acquire a middle-of-the-order bat, and to that end they’re expected to “strongly pursue”..." September 29

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Tommy Pham says he doesn't 'make enough money' to retaliate over HPB "Another footnote regarding hard feelings has been added to the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry. It was before this four-game set between the teams started in St. Louis that Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham took issue with Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist taking delight in Chicago possibly clinching..." September 27

  • Cardinals CEO: Matheny is 'right guy to lead us into the future'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "A short walk from Great American Ball Park is a modest brick office building that’s part of a historic cluster in downtown Cincinnati and, for more than 30 years, has been Bill DeWitt Jr.’s office. From his window the Cardinals’ chairman can see the Reds’ home ballpark and the haze of smoke that..." September 26

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • NL MVP: Sorting out the crowded field won't be easy

    Sporting News "If you happen to run into a baseball writer who has a 2017 NL MVP vote, give that person a hug. They’ll need it. Trying to sort out this year’s crowded NL MVP race is a nearly impossible task. As many as six players have had seasons worthy of first-place votes, which means you’re going to see..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Wainwright joins bullpen, unlikely to start again this season

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals intend to have rookie Jack Flaherty finish the season in the rotation, though they expect to have another, more-seasoned option available as early as Tuesday to provide relief, as much as needed. Adam Wainwright faced hitters Sunday morning at Wrigley Field in a batting..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • Cardinals activate Jedd Gyorko from DL

    Fanrag Sports "Jedd Gyorko has not yet returned to 100 percent after suffering a hamstring strain in late August, but the St. Louis Cardinals infielder evidently feels healthy enough to contribute to another Cards playoff pursuit. The Cardinals activated Gyorko from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday but..." September 13

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Fowler exits with knee injury after smashing into OF wall

    ESPN "Cardinals center fielder Dexter Fowler bruised his left knee against the Pittsburgh Pirates when he crashed into the wall trying to catch a long drive by Adam Frazier that turned into an inside-the-park home run. Frazier's shot off John Brebbia in the seventh inning Saturday night hit just a..." September 10

  • Cardinals Trade for Pitcher Nicasio

    CBS St. Louis "The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have acquired right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio (pronounced nih-KAH-see-oh) from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league infielder Eliezer Alvarez. Nicasio, 31, had joined the Phillies just last week (August 31) on a waiver..." September 06

  • Cardinals to call up prospect Jack Flaherty to start on Friday

    Hardball Talk "The Cardinals traded Mike Leake to the Mariners on Wednesday, which opened up a rotation spot. The club announced that prospect Jack Flaherty will be called up from Triple-A Memphis to start against the Giants on Friday in San Francisco. Friday, of course, is September 1, which is when rosters..." August 31

  • Lance Lynn critical of Cardinals after Mike Leake trade

    Larry Brown Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals appear to be giving up on the postseason for 2017, and starting pitcher Lance Lynn is not happy about it. The Cardinals traded starter Mike Leake to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, even kicking in about $17 million of the $55 million still owed to the pitcher to make..." August 30

  • Mariners acquire pitcher Mike Leake from the Cardinals

    CBS Sports "The Mariners have traded for Cardinals right-hander Mike Leake, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. USA Today's Bob Nightengale was the first to report that Leake was likely on the move. We'll have more to come on this breaking news as the story develops. " August 30

  • Former Cards farmhand: 'It would have been OK to be an openly gay baseball player'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When pitcher and 28th-round draft pick Tyler Dunnington decided to leave baseball behind, he sent the Cardinals an email to alert them, suggesting student loans and debt as the drivers behind his sudden retirement. He quickly received phone calls from minor-league coordinators and other officials..." August 29

  • Jedd Gyorko exits game with right hamstring injury

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals’ third baseman Jedd Gyorko left Saturday’s game with a right hamstring injury after running the bases in the eighth inning. The extent of the injury will be determined pending further tests on Sunday, but a disabled list assignment seems likely after manager Mike Matheny told reporters..." August 27

  • Leake likely to start Saturday

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals have listed “to be announced” as their starter for Saturday night’s second game of a three-game series here with the Tampa Bay Rays. Many have interpreted that to mean that righthander Jack Flaherty, the top pitcher currently at Memphis, would be coming up to pitch on his fifth day..." August 25

  • Lawyers have taken over the Rally Cat Saga

    Hardball Talk "The saga of Rally Cat has taken a troubling turn. When last we checked in on this story, the Feral Cat Outreach center of St. Louis had taken temporary custody of Rally Cat and the St. Louis Cardinals believed they were going to obtain full custody. They had even planned a Rally Cat promotion..." August 24

  • Season over for Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal, who needs Tommy John surgery

    Sporting News "If the Cardinals are going to overtake the Brewers and Cubs in the National League Central, they'll have to do it without their hard-throwing closer. Trevor Rosenthal was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday and will need Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in..." August 23

  • Piscotty may stick with Cards "Permitted to add a 26th man to the roster for Sunday's Little League Classic because of the unique mid-series travel involved, the Cardinals summoned outfielder Stephen Piscotty back from Triple-A Memphis. The roster move assured Piscotty only of a one-day stay, but president of baseball..." August 21

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Cardinals shut down Adam Wainwright with right elbow impingement

    Hardball Talk "In the wake of Thursday’s disastrous outing against the Pirates, Cardinals’ right-hander Adam Wainwright will be shut down from throwing for 10-14 days after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow,’s Jenifer Langosch reported Saturday. Wainwright was officially..." August 19

  • Adam Wainwright ain’t right

    Hardball Talk "Adam Wainwright was knocked out of yesterday’s game against the Pirates, allowing five runs on seven hits in three innings. For the second straight start his velocity suffered as well, with his fastball sitting in the mid-80s. This is not the Adam Wainwright the Cardinals are accustomed to and not..." August 18

  • Cardinals Place Adam Wainwright On 10-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals have placed righty Adam Wainwright on the 10-day DL with an elbow impingement, as’s Jenifer Langosch reports on Twitter and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch had previously indicated (Twitter links). He’ll be replaced on the roster by righty Mike Mayers. It..." August 18

  • St. Louis shelter housing Rally Cat accuses Cardinals of ‘bullying tactics’

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Rally Cat saga has taken a bizarre turn after the animal shelter that currently is housing the feline accused the St. Louis Cardinals organization of “bullying tactics” in its effort to acquire custody of the animal. St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach, a nonprofit organization, posted a statement..." August 18

  • Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal to be examined for arm tightness

    Hardball Talk "Cardinal closer Trevor Rosenthal was taken out of last night’s game against the Red Sox after he gave up a big homer and a walk. He velocity was down as well, and Mike Mathney said after the game that he didn’t look right. Now the Cardinals are going to take a closer look at him, and he’ll be..." August 17

  • Cardinals' Mike Matheny pops off on umpire: 'It's not your show, man'

    USA Today "The St. Louis Cardinals unraveled Wednesday night — with their play, then with their frustration — against the Boston Red Sox, blowing a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth to fall 5-4 at Fenway Park. Much of the unraveling came as a result of some questionable calls. Cardinals manager..." August 17

  • Veterans laid down the law, altered Cards' season

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Tired of sputtering along, Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright moved to re-establish order. On the Cardinals last road trip, they summoned their teammates to The Precinct, a high-end steakhouse. To appreciate the Cardinals’ recent surge and their newfound belief in each other, it helps to..." August 13

  • St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Engaged to Trump TV's Kayleigh McEnany

    The Big Lead "Sean Gilmartin was acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this summer after spending the first few years of his career in the New York Mets organization. Gilmartin is engaged to Kayleigh McEnany who was recently acquired by Trump TV after spending the first few years of her career with CNN...." August 10

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