Cardinals Rumors & News

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015 "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • Cardinals search for star power that could guide their return to playoffs

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "With a vested — and invested — interest in upselling teams on all the added benefits of offense, agent Scott Boras, who reps a handful of free-agent hitters this winter, arrived at last week’s GM meetings with a metaphorical map, one he said would lead teams out of the wilderness and into..." November 22

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • Cardinals make trade offer for Stanton "The Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes have moved beyond the preliminary stage. The Cardinals have made a formal trade offer to the Marlins for the reigning National League MVP Award winner, a source told Sunday. And they are not alone. MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal first reported..." November 20

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Orioles Interested In Lance Lynn

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles are interested in free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports (Twitter link). Morosi adds that the Orioles slightly prefer fellow righty Alex Cobb, however, thanks to his vast experience in the American League East. Morosi first linked Cobb to the Orioles on..." November 19

  • Cardinals may have interest in Eric Hosmer

    CBS Sports "The Cardinals are looking to add some juice to the lineup this offseason, as evinced by their bring one of the teams prominently in pursuit of trade candidate Giancarlo Stanton. In the event that they're unable to pull off such a blockbuster, the Cardinals may turn to the free agent pool for some..." November 17

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • Marlins, Cardinals have discussed Stanton trade concepts

    Mass Live "The Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals discussed "trade concepts" today for Giancarlo Stanton at the GM Meetings in Orlando, reported Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Miami has said that it wants to trade the slugger this offseason. Stanton still has 11 years, $295 million remaining on his..." November 15

  • Cardinals plan to move Dexter Fowler to the corner outfield

    Hardball Talk "Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak flew to Las Vegas to meet with outfielder Dexter Fowler in person. Mozeliak told the veteran that the club wants to move him from center field to an outfield corner in an effort to..." November 15

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • The Cardinals are reportedly in pursuit of a new closer

    CBS Sports "So far this offseason the Cardinals have been one of the teams most strongly linked to Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton is very available and St. Louis needs a middle of the order bat, so the fit is obvious. A middle of the order power bat is not the only thing the Cardinals need this..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Prospects pushing Cardinals to create room by moving outfielders

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "This past weekend, in Mexico, a Cardinals outfielder that the team doesn’t quite yet know what to do with capped an outstanding weekend with just another four-run, three-hit, two-double game for the Mayos de Navojoa. Through 26 games in Mexico’s independent winter league, Randy Arozarena is..." November 15

  • Stanton reportedly won't waive no-trade clause for Cardinals, Red Sox

    CBS Sports "As you know, the Marlins under new ownership are seeking to shed payroll, and to that end they're also looking to trade slugger Giancarlo Stanton and his mega-contract. What makes Stanton an appealing trade target is that coming off an age-27 season in which he mashed 59 home runs and wound up as..." November 14

  • Cardinals, Giants have ‘most intense’ interest in Giancarlo Stanton

    Larry Brown Sports "A handful of teams are expected to make a play for Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton this winter, but two appear to have emerged as the most desperate. According to longtime MLB reporter Peter Gammons, the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants have been the most dedicated in trying..." November 13

  • Would Giancarlo Stanton consider a trade to Cardinals?

    CBS Sports "The Marlins under new ownership are very likely looking to trade high-powered outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and his massive contract. In term of production, Stanton has obvious appeal. He's coming off an age-27 season that saw him blast 59 home runs, and he's a finalist for the NL MVP award. As..." November 12

  • Cardinals 'need to get better' — a process that begins at GM meetings

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As the Cardinals’ front office and other baseball executives swarm this week to the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, they do so with openings on their rosters and wish lists in hand, fittingly camped on the edge of “The Happiest Place on Earth,” but not yet there, in person or transaction. There will..." November 12

  • Red Sox Begin Talks With Marlins About Stanton

    CBS Boston "Are the Red Sox positioning themselves for a major offseason splash? According to one report they’re at least considering it. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Friday night that the Red Sox are among the teams who have had “preliminary communication” with the Marlins about a possible trade for..." November 11

  • Cardinals look like prime players in Stanton Sweepstakes

    Fanrag Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals, who are expected to be quite active in the free-agent and trade markets this winter after uncharacteristically missing the playoffs two straight seasons, look to be a prime player for Marlins slugging superstar and NL MVP finalist Giancarlo Stanton. They have been cited..." November 09

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • Cardinals cut Rosenthal, make qualifying offer to Lynn

    Fox Sports Midwest "Trevor Rosenthal, the fireballing but oft-injured St. Louis reliever, is a Cardinal no more. The team gave the right-hander his unconditional release Monday. Rosenthal is expected to miss most or all of the 2018 season following Tommy John surgery on Aug. 30. He had saved 11 games in 13 chances..." November 06

  • Cardinals to engage Marlins about Stanton, Yelich

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As if the six months the Cardinals spent playing wasn’t proof enough, the month they just spent watching affirmed how, in this era of hyper-bullpens, their shopping list as free agency opens this week must have relievers in red, underlined. How a team finishes the season increasingly hinges on..." November 05

  • Lynn plans to reject Cardinals' qualifying offer

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "With the end of the World Series, baseball tiptoed Thursday morning toward the opening of free agency next week and the start of what the Cardinals hope will be a winter of acquisition. But first, a few goodbyes. Lance Lynn was one of four Cardinals declared free agents, by rule, at 8 a.m...." November 04

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Report: Cardinals set to hire Mike Maddux as pitching coach

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Less than a week after the search for a pitching coach got complicated by an onrush of established candidates available and new teams in need of a hire, the Cardinals have landed the next coach they intend to lead their pitching staff. Former Washington Nationals coach Mike Maddux will be hired..." October 26

  • Cardinals name Mike Shildt bench coach, Jose Oquendo third base coach

    Hardball Talk "’s Jenifer Langosch reports that the Cardinals have named Mike Shildt the new bench coach and Jose Oquendo will once again serve as the third base coach. Willie McGee is also expected to join the coaching staff. " October 23

  • 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

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