Cardinals Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Voit works toward adding outfielder to his Cardinals resumé

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "If you happened upon a recent Maryville baseball practice and thought, hey, that outfielder sure looks like Luke Voit, you are not losing it. The Cardinals' backup first baseman told the Post-Dispatch in November that he was going to tinker with corner outfield work in an attempt to diversify..." January 14

  • Is Mike Moustakas an option for the Cardinals?

    Fanrag Sports "For the St. Louis Cardinals, there’s no such thing as a “rebuilding year” or even a “bridge year.” That sensibility and the accompanying expectations have reached a level where anything short of making the postseason and having a respectable run is barely good enough. Since they’re a club with a..." January 13

  • Mo says Luke Gregerson is Cards' closer 'going into the season'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Saturday morning at Winter Warm-Up, Mozeliak said Luke Gregerson will be the Cardinals' closer “going into the season. … He has experience doing it.” The former Houston Astro returns to the Cards organization with 66 career saves, including 31 for the 2015 Astros club that made the..." January 13

  • Cardinals and Marcell Ozuna avoid arbitration

    Fanrag Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals and outfielder Marcell Ozuna have avoided arbitration by settling on a $9 million deal, a source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports. The 27-year-old outfielder is gearing up for his first season as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. As the Miami Marlins..." January 12

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • Wainwright Contemplates Future In St. Louis, MLB In Final Year Of His Contract

    CBS St. Louis "Adam Wainwright knows questions about his legacy in St. Louis will be what surrounds him this year. It’s the last year of his contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and his future in baseball in undetermined. Those will be the headlines, but he says that won’t be his focus. “What I’m doing..." January 11

  • Cardinals sign Preston Guilmet to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Cardinals have agreed to a minor league deal with right-hander Preston Guilmet, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The righty will receive an invitation to spring training and stands to make $600,000 upon reaching the majors. Guilmet has not seen a major league mound in nearly three..." January 06

  • Should Japanese career be a HOF factor?

    CBS Sports "No sooner than five years from now, the great Ichiro Suzuki will be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Ichiro still wants to play but remains unsigned. If he's unable to latch on anywhere, his five-year waiting period before appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot will..." January 02

  • Cardinals could have interest in Greg Holland

    Larry Brown Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals have been seeking a back-end reliever for a while, and with Wade Davis off the board, they could take a long, hard look at the man Davis is replacing in Colorado. According to Jon Morosi of, St. Louis could be a possible landing spot for former Rockies closer..." December 29

  • Twins agree to terms with veteran lefthander Zach Duke

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins have agreed to terms on a contract with veteran lefthander Zach Duke, a major league source said Monday. The deal is pending a physical. Duke, who will be 35 on April 19, pitched last season for the St. Louis Cardinals, going 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA in 27 relief outings. He did not make..." December 25

  • Pham has 'very big plans' for 2018 season "Just minutes after the Cardinals filed off the field following the end of their 2017 season, Tommy Pham had already shifted his attention toward what was ahead. He paused while packing up his Busch Stadium locker, and with the same candidness with which he conducts most of his interviews, made a..." December 22

  • Trading for Donaldson could be too risky for Cardinals

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As the Cardinals continue their search for bullpen help, perhaps another hitter and maybe a starter, word in Toronto is that the Blue Jays haven’t really made any attempt to lock down star third baseman Josh Donaldson to a long-term deal and may be agreeable to moving him. Donaldson, finishing..." December 21

  • Mariners finalize their deal for Juan Nicasio

    Hardball Talk "The Mariners formally announced their signing of righty Juan Nicasio. It’s a two-year, $17 million contract. The deal was agreed to last week but finalized today after Nicasio passed his physical. Nicasio, 31, spent last season with the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals, putting up an aggregate..." December 20

  • Jessica Mendoza will return to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in 2018, but other booth positions remain TBD

    Awful Announcing "With Dan Shulman leaving Sunday Night Baseball for the sake of his personal life and Aaron Boone departing to manage the Yankees, ESPN’s flagship baseball program finds itself in flux. But as of Tuesday, we know one thing about Sunday Night Baseball in 2018: Jessica Mendoza will be back. ESPN..." December 20

  • Cardinals continue to push for Blue Jays’ Donaldson

    Sportsnet "The St. Louis Cardinals are continuing their push to acquire Josh Donaldson from the Toronto Blue Jays, but have so far been met with disinclination, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Rosenthal adds that the Blue Jays’ price for the third baseman is high and a deal does not appear close...." December 14

  • The Cardinals traded Piscotty to the A's so he can be closer to his sick mother

    CBS Sports "Although the trade is not yet official, the Cardinals have reportedly acquired Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins, giving them a very potent bat for their lineup. It also gave them way too many outfielders. Ozuna joins Dexter Fowler, Tommy Pham, Stephen Piscotty, and Randal Grichuk in the..." December 14

  • Cardinals sound hopeful about prospects for deal

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "After spending most of the past few weeks waiting and wondering about the decision of a single slugger, the Cardinals made enough “forward progress” toward a trade Tuesday that members of the front office publicly shared a word they reserve for only rare occasions. General manager Michael..." December 13

  • Report: Mariners, RHP Juan Nicasio agree to 2-year contract

    ESPN "The Seattle Mariners have agreed to a two-year deal with right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio, according to The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical. Nicasio, 31, finished the season with the Cardinals after joining the Phillies in late August on a waiver claim from the Pirates. He went a..." December 13

  • A’s edging closer to acquiring Stephen Piscotty from St. Louis

    San Francisco Chronicle "The A’s and Cardinals continued discussions about Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty on Wednesday, with multiple sources suggesting a trade might be concluded before the end of the winter meetings. St. Louis is looking for prospects off Oakland’s 40-man roster and while the A’s will not..." December 13

  • Multiple Reports: Cardinals Acquire Marcell Ozuna From Miami

    CBS St. Louis "The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna, per multiple reports. The deal was first reported by Craig Mish of Sirus XM Radio and Bob Nightengale of USA Today. According to’s Joe Frisaro, the possible deal would include two of St. Louis’ top three..." December 13

  • Cardinals & Marlins “Making Progress” On Marcell Ozuna Swap

    MLB Trade Rumors "It seems St. Louis is still not fully zeroed in on Ozuna — or, at least, not just Ozuna. In addition to some pitchers to whom the club has been tied previously, the Cards still seem to have some possible interest in Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, Rosenthal tweets. And Bob Nightengale tweets..." December 13

  • Cardinals remove seats at Busch to create new place for 'hanging out

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Regardless of whether the front office makes a move this week at the winter meetings or not, there will be something different about right field at Busch Stadium. This offseason, the Cardinals have removed several sections of seats and begun construction on a new feature at the ballpark that is..." December 12

  • Cardinals, Blue Jays have discussed Donaldson

    Bleacher Report "Reeling after being rebuffed by Giancarlo Stanton, the St. Louis Cardinals have reportedly targeted third baseman Josh Donaldson as they look to add a power bat to their lineup. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported the news. Donaldson, 32, is heading into his final year of arbitration..." December 12

  • Cardinals interested in Wade Davis in hunt for closer

    CBS Sports "In addition to adding a big middle of the order bat, the Cardinals came into the offseason needing to improve their bullpen. Both Seung-Hwan Oh and Trevor Rosenthal are free agents -- Rosenthal was released after having Tommy John surgery -- and they were the club's top two end-game arms the..." December 12

  • Cardinals “Favorites” For Marcell Ozuna; Multiple Teams Pursuing Christian Yelich

    MLB Trade Rumors "There’s plenty of interest in the Marlins outfield even now that it no longer features Giancarlo Stanton. We have heard lots of chatter surrounding Marcell Ozuna already, and there’s yet more intriguing news now emerging on him and teammate Christian Yelich. The Cardinals are emerging as the..." December 12

  • Cards eager to turn two excess outfielders into one impactful newcomer

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As he traced the transactions that built the Cardinals to rule the National League Central for a decade, executive John Mozeliak referenced Monday the trades they made for Mark McGwire and later Scott Rolen and Jim Edmonds and “those players who ended up signing.” There was the luck of Albert..." December 12

  • D-backs expressing interest in Seung-Hwan Oh

    Fanrag Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks are one of many teams to express interest in free agent reliever Seung-Hwan Oh, league sources tell FanRag Sports. There is an industry expectation that a significant run on relievers is expected to occur at the Winter Meetings, and it’s possible that Oh is part of that..." December 12

  • A’s Continue To Have Interest In Stephen Piscotty

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics continue to have interest in the Cardinals’ Stephen Piscotty,’s Jane Lee reports (video link), as Oakland continues its search for right-handed hitting outfield help. A previous connection between Piscotty and the A’s surfaced in the aftermath of the trade deadline, as the..." December 11

  • Cardinals, Rockies “Aggressively Pursuing” Alex Colome

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals and Rockies have their sights firmly set on Alex Colome. Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports that both teams are “aggressively pursuing” the Rays closer. Though the Cardinals signed Luke Gregerson to a one-year pact only yesterday, it seems they’re not done adding to a..." December 11

  • Cardinals sign Luke Gregerson to a two-year deal

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cardinals have signed free agent reliever Luke Gregerson to a two-year deal worth $11 million. The deal, which is pending a physical, also includes a vesting option for the 2020 season. Gregerson, 33, spent the last three seasons with the Astros,..." December 10

  • Cardinals well-positioned to add impact bat even after missing out on Stanton

    CBS Sports "On Saturday, the New York Yankees and Miami Marlins reportedly agreed to a trade that will send NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the Bronx in exchange for Starlin Castro, prospects, and financial freedom. The move comes a day after the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants raised the white flag..." December 10

  • Stanton says no to St. Louis

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals pursuit of Giancarlo Stanton is over as the Miami Marlins slugger has refused to waive his no-trade clause to come to St. Louis. The Cardinals had been willing to pick up somewhere between $230 million to $250 million of Stanton's current contract to get a deal done. "We had an..." December 08

  • Report: Stanton Narrows List Of Trade Candidates, Crosses Off Giants And Cardinals

    Deadspin "Giancarlo Stanton has reportedly narrowed the list of places he’d accept a trade, and the two biggest frontrunners have been left off. Per reporting from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Stanton is now focusing on the Dodgers and Yankees—and not the Giants or Cardinals. Craig Mish of SiriusXM..." December 08

  • Cardinals-Rays talks could grow to include 3B Evan Longoria

    Sporting News "The Cardinals aren't merely sitting back and waiting for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton's decision on where he'll play starting next season. In fact, while St. Louis has been in contact with the Rays about closer Alex Colome, "those talks could shift or expand to include third baseman Evan..." December 07