Cardinals Rumors & News

  • 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

  • If it's 1 or 2 years, Phillies should sign Lance Lynn

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "It's March 1 and several prominent starting pitchers are still lingering in free agency. Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb — three guys nobody would have guessed would still be out there a handful of games into spring training. The Phillies have been linked to Arrieta this offseason — more on..." March 05

  • Rob Manfred is mad at West Virginia over sports gambling

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a minute since we’ve talked about legalized sports gambling here. We should remedy that, because legalized sports gambling is going to be the next gigantic cash cow for professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball included. First, to get everyone up to speed: Currently,..." March 05

  • Sources: Cardinals, DeJong finalizing contract extension

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "In what's become something of a spring tradition -- though this time with an early-bloom twist, the Cardinals have reached an agreement on a contract extension with one of their young players, giving him security and the team cost-certainty for years to come. Paul DeJong and the club are in the..." March 05

  • Slow Market Likely Means Record March Spending

    MLB Trade Rumors "In an offseason that’s been unlike any in big league history, it should come as no surprise that the month of March is on track for an unprecedented level of spending. While the remaining free agents at the top of the market almost certainly won’t find contracts matching the expectations they..." March 02

  • The cores of the baseballs used since 2015 have changed

    Hardball Talk "Last year two different studies — one by Ben Lindbergh and Mitchel Lichtman for The Ringer, and another by FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur — found evidence that baseballs were altered at some point around the middle of the 2015 season. In 2015, 4,909 home runs were hit across the league. That wasn’t..." March 01

  • Phillies reportedly have been in contact with Lance Lynn

    Larry Brown Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies have been in contact with pitcher Lance Lynn, according to a report. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies have been in touch with Lynn as well as top free agent pitcher Jake Arrieta. Both players remain unsigned even as spring training begins for MLB..." March 01

  • MLBPA Files Grievance Against Four Teams Over Revenue Sharing Funds

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Player’s Association has initiated a grievance proceeding against the Athletics, Marlins, Pirates, and Rays regarding those teams’ spending of revenue sharing dollars, according to a report from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. This general issue has been..." February 27

  • Blue Jays reach agreement with right-hander Seung-hwan Oh

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to sign reliever Seung-hwan Oh to a one-year contract that would guarantee him $2 million, an industry source told Sportsnet. The deal, which is pending a physical, would include a 2019 vesting option. Robert Murray of FanRag Sports first reported the agreement..." February 26

  • Major League Baseball orders balls stored in climate controlled rooms for some reason

    Hardball Talk "Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reports that Major League Baseball will mandate that teams store baseballs in “an air-conditioned and enclosed room[s]” this season. He adds that the league will install climate sensors in each room to measure temperature and humidity during the 2018 season, with..." February 23

  • 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 "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

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