Cardinals Rumors & News

  • Pham slowly recovering from groin tightness "The tightness in his right groin not dissipated, Tommy Pham was out of the lineup Saturday for the second time in three days. Manager Mike Matheny said Pham could be available off the bench, as he was Thursday. Pham first felt tightness in his groin during the ninth inning of Tuesday's 5-3..." April 21

  • Prospect Tyler O'Neill expected to join Cardinals "Tyler O'Neill's scorching hot start lifted him all the way to the Majors. The Cardinals plan to promote O'Neill, the club's Cardinals' No. 4 prospect per MLB Pipeline, prior to Thursday's makeup game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, according to a source. The club originally planned to..." April 18

  • Johnny Bench congratulates Yadier Molina on surpassing him for innings caught

    Larry Brown Sports "If it feels like Yadier Molina has been catching forever, it’s because he pretty much has. Molina on Saturday surpassed Johnny Bench in career innings caught with 14,493.3, which places him 13th on the all-time list. The former Cincinnati Reds MVP sent his congratulations to the Cardinals..." April 15

  • Why MLB will continue to have bench-clearing brawls

    USA Today "Major League Baseball issued suspensions and fines for Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees, with Boston pitcher Joe Kelly and New York first baseman Tyler Austin getting banished six and five games, respectively. Soon to follow will be discipline for the Rockies vs...." April 13

  • MLB batters getting hit by pitches at a historic rate - and tensions are high

    USA Today "Major league pitchers are placing batters on notice: Beware of the inside pitch. The regular season is only two weeks old and already 149 batters -- or 0.42 per game -- have been plunked. It's certainly very early, but that rate is 17% higher than 2017's full-season rate and would be the..." April 12

  • Is McGwire off base with PED comments?

    Fanrag Sports "San Diego Padres hitting coach Mark McGwire needs to be refreshed about his career. Perhaps a review of the back of his baseball card will suffice. McGwire this week told The Athletic’s Jayson Stark in no uncertain terms that while he took PEDs (he gets credit there for the admission), he..." April 12

  • Molina drops appeal, serves 1-game suspension

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina dropped his appeal of his one-game suspension stemming from an altercation with Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo and sat out Wednesday's game against Milwaukee." April 11

  • MLB Could Be on the Verge of More Insane and Drastic Rule Changes Based on Leaked Document

    12 Up "So far, several of these have come true. So why not the rest? We've already seen Major League Baseball implement​ rule changes to better the pace-of-play, both at the big league and minor league level. There's a pitch clock in the ​minors -- and we'll probably be seeing that ​in the bigs in..." April 11

  • MLB's African-American population regains lost ground; can growth continue?

    USA Today "It’s certainly not worth celebrating, but Major League Baseball has at least made back the loss of African American players that a year ago resulted in a historic low. The African-American population increased to 7.8%, up from 7.1% a year ago, on Major League Baseball’s opening-day day rosters..." April 11

  • Baseball Team Values 2018 "This is the 21st rendition of our MLB valuations. The New York Yankees have been baseball's most valuable team (worth $4.0 billion) every year. Short explanation: The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue--$619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at..." April 11

  • Torey Lovullo, Yadier Molina each suspended one game for Sunday’s incident

    Hardball Talk "On Sunday, the Diamondbacks’ and Cardinals’ benches cleared after D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina got into it. Lovullo apparently used some unkind words to refer to Molina, which Molina did not appreciate. Molina, in his anger, pushed umpire Tim Timmons. Major..." April 10

  • Mark McGwire: I still would've hit 70 HRs without PEDs

    The Score "In 2010, former single-season king Mark McGwire, who hit 583 career home runs, admitted he used performance-enhancing drugs, including during his incredible 70-homer season in 1998. Some 20 years later, Big Mac thinks he could've done it all without the extra help. In an interview with..." April 09

  • Is the expanded safety netting ruining MLB?

    Michigan Live "As MLB swings into action, expanded safety netting has greeted fans on the lower levels. A child was hospitalized last season after being struck by a line-drive foul ball, bringing about the expansion of the protective netting. Expanding the net ensures the safety of the fans. Critics think the..." April 09

  • Cardinals Expected To Activate Greg Holland Today

    MLB Trade Rumors "Monday marks the day that Greg Holland is eligible to be activated and added to the Cardinals roster, and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Cards intend to do just that in advance of tonight’s game against the Brewers. Holland signed a one-year, $14MM contract with..." April 09

  • Molina says Lovullo called him a 'motherf-----'

    The Score "Yadier Molina wants to let the world know what prompted his angry outburst toward Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on Sunday. The longtime St. Louis Cardinals catcher said Lovullo called him "a bad word," and it's become clear what that word was. "(Lovullo) called me a motherf-----..." April 09

  • Yadier Molina explains why he went after Torey Lovullo

    Yardbarker "Yadier Molina explained after Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks why he went after opposing manager Torey Lovullo during a bench-clearing incident. Lovullo came out of the dugout to protest a strike three call on AJ Pollock in the second. While complaining about the call to umpire..." April 08

  • Benches clear in Diamondbacks vs. Cardinals as Yadier Molina goes after Torey Lovullo

    CBS Sports "The Cardinals hosted the Diamondbacks in their series finale on Sunday (ARI-STL GameTracker), and things got testy early. Arizona's A.J. Pollock objected to a strike three call by plate ump Tim Timmons, and before Pollock could be ejected manager Torey Lovullo came out to save his center fielder...." April 08

  • Cardinals president brushes off OF Tommy Pham’s critical comments in SI feature

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Tommy Pham sat alone at a table in the Cardinals clubhouse before Thursday's home opener, playing a song on his cell phone as he finalized a very important decision. The game against the Diamondbacks was nearing. Pham needed to submit his walk-up song. Beats pounded from the phone..." April 06

  • Will fans embrace MLB games only available on Facebook?

    Awful Announcing "We are now in an era where Facebook gets an exclusive MLB game each week. By exclusive, it means the game won’t be on television and there will not be a local feed. Overall, 25 games will be streamed on the social media service. We discussed the development last month when the deal was..." April 05

  • Tommy Pham considered quitting baseball last year

    Hardball Talk "Tommy Pham had an outstanding 2017 season. He hit .306/.411/.520 with 23 home runs, 73 RBI, 95 runs scored, and 25 stolen bases in 530 plate appearances. That, combined with his outstanding defense, gave him 6.4 Wins Above Replacement per Baseball Reference. He ranked 10th across baseball in that..." April 04

  • Marlins To Sign Trevor Rosenthal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins have agreed to a deal with right-hander Trevor Rosenthal, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter). He’ll continue working through his Tommy John rehab with the organization on what appears to be a minor-league arrangement — though that latter point is not crystal clear..." April 04

  • Why Major League Baseball is '90% mental' now more than ever

    USA Today "They’re the ones nobody ever sees. They’re not introduced in the opening-day pageantry. They don’t wear uniforms. They don’t have lockers in the clubhouse. Some even have weird titles, just to protect their anonymity. Yet, behind the scenes, there are proving as invaluable as any staff..." April 03

  • Twitter will again stream an MLB game for free each week

    Awful Announcing "For the second straight year, Twitter will stream one Major League Baseball game per week, available for free with a Twitter login. The games will reportedly stream on weekday afternoons, beginning Thursday with Rangers-Athletics at 3:35 p.m. ET. That matchup will be followed by Rays-White Sox..." April 03

  • MLB Players Ready for Fight to Stop 'Half the League' from Not Trying to Win

    Bleacher Report "Oatmeal nearly gone, bacon in hand and another meeting stuffed with pointed questions behind him, the Apple Watch wrapping Tony Clark's wrist beeped with a message: "Time to stand." The late-morning breakfast conversation here in a booth of the swanky hotel restaurant paused as the Major League..." April 03

  • Rookie Hicks speeds toward prominent role in Cards' retooled bullpen

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "With their first late-game lead of the season, the Cardinals offered a sneak peek Sunday of how they intend to hold a lead without a closer to call on for the ninth. It included rookie Jordan Hicks manning the eighth as Dominic Leone’s setup man. It’s a limited engagement. Once Greg Holland..." April 02

  • Super-sized bullpens might help teams win, but they make baseball less exciting

    Sporting News "Commissioner Rob Manfred wants baseball to be appealing to younger people. He wants the game to be brisker for a generation raised on immediacy and social media. He’s gone on a crusade to address the sport’s pace of play. Even if the game is shorter, though, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s..." April 02

  • Cardinals' Pham says he cut off fly ball due to Ozuna's ailing arm

    The Score "In one of the more confusing plays from Saturday's slate of MLB action, St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Tommy Pham raced across the outfield to snag a fly ball away from left fielder Marcell Ozuna. The ball had been heading directly for Ozuna, who had the clearest angle to make a throw to..." April 01

  • Cardinals place Brett Cecil on 10-day DL

    Fanrag Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals have placed left-handed reliever Brett Cecil on the 10-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain. As a corresponding move, the team recalled left-hander Ryan Sherriff from Triple-A Memphis, while also transferring right-hander Alex Reyes from the 10-day DL to the..." March 31

  • To make room for Holland, Cardinals delay Alex Reyes' return

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "In an obvious sign of how quickly a deal came together for All-Star closer Greg Holland, the Cardinals, just days after declaring they didn't want to delay rookie Alex Reyes' return to the majors, placed him on the 60-day disabled list. That makes him ineligible to return to the majors until..." March 31

  • Cardinals trade Lucas to Athletics for pitcher

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals' flurry of opening-season transactions continued Saturday morning as they dealt reliever Josh Lucas to Oakland in a move necessitated by the reorganization of the 40-man roster this week. Lucas had been designated for assignment, which bought the Cardinals time to work out a..." March 31

  • Cardinals, Greg Holland Working Toward Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals and free-agent closer Greg Holland are moving close to a deal, reports FanRag’s Jon Heyman (Twitter link). The 32-year-old Holland, a client of the Boras Corporation, is the lone remaining top-tier free agent that has yet to sign. " March 29

  • Report: Some players, agents 'agitating' to remove Clark as MLBPA head

    The Score "Opening Day is just around the corner, but baseball's slow offseason and stagnant free-agent market have left many players frustrated by their union. And for some, that frustration has apparently boiled over. With a number of veterans still unemployed, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic..." March 27

  • Adam Wainwright to begin season on DL

    Fanrag Sports "Adam Wainwright has strained his left hamstring, and will begin the season on the disabled list. He was slated to be the St. Louis Cardinals fifth starter, but now will be replaced by Jack Flaherty. Wainwright had pitched sparingly this spring, throwing 10.2 innings over three starts and..." March 25

  • Luke Gregerson is injured, but the Cardinals aren't in a hurry to sign Greg Holland

    CBS Sports "With Opening Day less than a week away, nearly all of the top free agents have found homes. The exception is Greg Holland, the 32-year-old closer who last season saved 41 games and posted a 139 ERA+ for the Colorado Rockies. Throughout the winter, Holland made the most sense for the St. Louis..." March 24

  • Marcell Ozuna's big move: From Marlins anonymity to Cardinals catalyst

    USA Today "Marcell Ozuna didn’t want to leave Miami. He didn’t see the trade coming. When first told he was going to St. Louis, the All-Star outfielder thought somebody was pulling a prank on him. Ozuna still doesn’t quite grasp what’s in store for him, to what extent Cardinals fans embrace their players...." March 23

  • Cards' closing role still up for grabs "The Cardinals will break camp with no concrete answer to their ninth-inning question. That's not necessarily a surprise: manager Mike Matheny all but predicted the possibility in the second week of February. And while he couldn't foresee Luke Gregerson's strained oblique, Jordan Hicks' early..." March 22

  • Congress' 'Save America's Pastime Act' would allow teams to pay minor-leaguers less than minimum wage

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball might soon score a big win in its ongoing efforts to avoid paying minor-leaguers at a reasonable rate. Later this week, Congress is expected to vote on a new $1.3 trillion spending package to keep the government up and running. Tucked away on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page..." March 22

  • It’s time for MLB service time manipulation to go

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are sending top prospect Ronald Acuña to Triple-A to start the 2018 baseball season. This is my shocked face. Like so many times in the past, leaving Acuña off the big league roster has less to do with talent or development than money. That needs to change. Acuña was signed..." March 22

  • Cardinals pave way for Motte to join Memphis, unless another team snags him

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "In order to get Jason Motte from their major-league camp to Class AAA Memphis' bullpen, the Cardinals had to perform a transaction tango, and that process began Thursday morning. Only another dance partner could keep Motte from staying with the team. The Cardinals granted Motte his..." March 22

  • Pena's play, catching depth create competition for Kelly as Molina's backup

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "They can take the catcher out of the mask, retire his pads, and plant him in the dugout, and still old habits are hard to break. During his Gold Glove playing career, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny dropped and gave his team 20 or many more blocked balls during workouts because he felt the more..." March 19

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • Carpenter slated for spring debut Tuesday "Matt Carpenter will make his Spring Training debut on Tuesday. He will not play in the field, but rather serve as the Cardinals' designated hitter for their game against the Marlins. Carpenter has had tightness in his back since before the opening of camp. "Obviously, we'd like to see Matt..." March 11

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • Gregerson's injury adds uncertainty to Cards' closer role

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "On a team without a designated closer, the Cardinals have had a flock of righthanded relievers come to the forefront this spring. For example, Matt Bowman is scoreless in four outings, as are John Brebbia, Josh Lucas and young Derian Gonzalez. Sam Tuivailala is unscored on in three games. Mike..." March 08

  • Twins reportedly offered Lance Lynn two years and $20 million, which is a lowball

    CBS Sports "The free agent market this offseason has been relatively terrible for the players and pretty great for the people who think the players make too much money. It's starting to get a bit ridiculous when it comes to an industry making well over $10 billion a year. A few days ago, we learned of Neil..." March 07

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07

  • Union: Baseball players grappling with ‘historically different’ market

    Detroit News "Three weeks from the start of the 2018 big-league season, Tony Clark has a problem. Too many unemployed stars are waiting for phone calls, or for contracts, or for offers that might lead to contracts the players and their agents believe are worthwhile. But it’s not happening. Jake Arrieta...." March 06

  • Pham on Cards' 2-year offer: 'I wouldn't sell myself short like that'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals center fielder Tommy Pham knows the numbers. He has a feel for how much the analytics adore his production, is aware of how his 2017 season was unlike any other in Cardinals history, and can name the players who did some of the things he did (see: Trout, Mike). He can recite each of the..." March 06

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