Cardinals Rumors & News

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Cardinals still shopping for a lefthanded-hitting outfielder

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Although there are still a few sluggers out there who would alter the look of the Cardinals' lineup or bench, general manager John Mozeliak suggested Sunday that the team is more likely to stick with what it has in its lineup. That does not mean his winter shopping is over. The Cardinals..." January 17

  • 'Hackgate' punishment could come before spring training

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals could finally know their "Hackgate" punishment within weeks. "I expect, hope, that it will play out before the start of spring training," Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said Monday. "I know the goal is, for the commissioner, to get things completed by late January, hopefully..." January 17

  • Cards' Harris, Gonzales healthy, ready to compete

    MLB.com "Marco Gonzales and Mitch Harris, a pair of pitchers who had their 2016 seasons scrapped due to injury, are both positioned to be at or near the end of their rehab programs when the Cardinals open Spring Training next month. Harris, who underwent a repair on his right elbow ligament in June, is..." January 16

  • The Cardinals could go to an arbitration hearing for the first time since 1999

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Darren Oliver spent two of his 20 seasons in the majors with the Cardinals, and since he last threw a pitch for the team two U.S. presidents have come and gone and a third is on the way, Twitter was invented, and the Cubs and Red Sox have both ended their curses. And, yet, soon, the Cardinals..." January 16

  • Cardinals closer Oh Seung-hwan added to nat'l team for World Baseball Classic

    Yonhap News Agency "St. Louis Cardinals closer Oh Seung-hwan on Wednesday was added to the national baseball team for the upcoming World Baseball Classic (WBC). Despite recording 19 saves with a 1.92 ERA as a major league rookie last year, Oh was initially kept off the 28-man roster announced in November because..." January 16

  • Anthony Rizzo’s hilarious greeting to Dexter Fowler: ‘I can’t talk to you anymore’

    Chicago Tribune "Anthony Rizzo had a few words for Dexter Fowler at Kris Bryant’s wedding last weekend. “I said it’s 2017, so I can’t talk to you anymore,” Rizzo said jokingly to his former teammate, who signed last month with the rival St. Louis Cardinals. “But it’s just a friendly rivalry. I want to see him..." January 14

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Cardinals, Matt Adams Avoid Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals and first baseman Matt Adams have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.8MM, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports (on Twitter). That figure is an exact match with the projection from MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz. Adams, 28, missed roughly three weeks of the..." January 12

  • Seth Maness a trailblazer? New surgery for elbow repair cut recovery time

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When Seth Maness shut his eyes before a surgeon opened his right elbow, the former Cardinals reliever was not sure what awaited him on the other side of sleep. The troublesome ligament in his throwing arm had to be fixed and a complete reconstruction would mean missing an entire season. He went..." January 11

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Brandon Moss drawing interest from Orioles

    Hardball Talk "The Orioles netted a serviceable outfielder and potential leadoff hitter in Seth Smith during Friday’s trade with the Mariners, but comments from Baltimore GM Dan Duquette suggest that the club’s search for outfield depth isn’t quite over. The latest name to pop up on their radar could be that of..." January 07

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces?

    MLB.com "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • Matt Adams has lost 25 pounds this offseason

    Larry Brown Sports "Matt Adams appears to have even more motivation than usual entering next season. The St. Louis Cardinals first baseman has lost 25 pounds this offseason by using a new training regime. Brian Stull, who saw Adams at the Winter Classic on Monday, shared some details about Adams’ training on St...." January 04

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Cardinals are still 'very much in' the race for Brian Dozier

    CBS Sports "With Chris Sale now residing in Boston, the biggest name on the trade market is Twins second baseman Brian Dozier. Dozier swatted 42 home runs in 2016, the most ever by an AL second baseman and one short of Davey Johnson's all-time record at the position. Johnson hit 43 with the Braves in..." December 27

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17

  • Cardinals listening to offers on Matt Adams

    Larry Brown Sports "We may be witnessing a true changing of the guard this offseason in St. Louis. According to a report by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN on Thursday, the Cardinals are “in listening mode” on Matt Adams, who is a candidate to be dealt with Matt Carpenter set to be St. Louis’ everyday first baseman in..." December 16

  • Why the Cardinals should spend big for a middle of the order bat

    CBS Sports "It's not often a free agent addresses a team's needs perfectly. Dexter Fowler did that for the Cardinals. Fowler, who joined St. Louis on a five-year contract worth $82.5 million, gives the Cardinals a bonafide center fielder and leadoff hitter, allowing them to slide Matt Carpenter down in the..." December 15

  • Angels pitcher Huston Street: Rookie dress-up is a healthy team-building ritual

    New York Daily News "First off it is literally impossible to answer this question without someone getting offended, but I am going to try and take an objective approach. I am not arguing for bullying because that’s not what this is. I’m not arguing for purposely offensive behavior because that’s not even close to..." December 15

  • Only one MLB owner voted against the new CBA

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the new collective bargaining agreement was officially ratified on Tuesday night, meaning there's no threat of a work stoppage in baseball for the next five years. An interesting tidbit? The owners vote was 29-1. One team was not in favor of the..." December 14

  • The best trade partners for rebuilding White Sox's top players

    CBS Sports "At the Winter Meetings last week, the White Sox finally took the plunge and decided to become sellers. GM Rick Hahn was given the green light to trade veterans for prospects, so he traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in separate deals that landed the ChiSox their Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10 prospects,..." December 14

  • Owners ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement 29-1

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press is reporting that baseball owners have ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a 29-1 vote, conducted over telephone. No official announcement of the vote has been made and no public confirmation of the breakdown of the vote should be expected, but the AP’s..." December 14

  • 2017 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the order of the competitive balance component of the 2017 draft, per MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. That establishes a new overall draft order, though remaining outcomes on players who declined qualifying offers will serve to modify the final slate. As Mayo explains,..." December 13

  • MLB's new anti-hazing policy bans dressing players as women

    CBS Sports "An overlooked aspect of the new collective bargaining agreement was the formation of an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy. For the most part, nobody knew what that policy entailed. Now, thanks to an Associated Press report on Monday night, we have a better idea: The policy, obtained by..." December 13

  • Cardinals go 'over the top' to catch Fowler

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When outfielder Dexter Fowler stepped off his flight at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Thursday night, set to become the Cardinals’ next center fielder, a Southwest Airlines employee greeted with him a bag of the company's signature peanuts. He’ll go nuts for St. Louis, the official..." December 09

  • Fowler to wear McGwire's No. 25, but he's honoring Bonds

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Dexter Fowler has a smile as wide as a Phil Cuzzi strike zone. He's likable and loquacious and has a personality that when he says, “Nice to meet you,” he may, actually, honestly, find it nice to meet you. “And my mentor,” Fowler said, “is Barry Bonds.” Wait? Perhaps the most-likable player..." December 09

  • Angels Asked Cardinals About Kolten Wong

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels asked the Cardinals about second baseman Kolten Wong this week, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation tweets. The Cardinals, though, greatly prefer to keep Wong, as MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch explained earlier this week. They see Wong’s defensive ability as a plus, manager Mike Matheny..." December 08

  • Fowler agrees to deal with Cardinals, source says

    ESPN "Dexter Fowler is set to switch teams in the National League Central. The center fielder will be in St. Louis on Friday for a physical with the Cardinals after the sides agreed to a deal Thursday, sources told ESPN's Mark Saxon, confirming a story first reported by KSDK-TV. The agreement..." December 08

  • Matt Holliday’s Yankees’ deal has no-trade clause to one team

    Sportsnaut "Matt Holliday is making it pretty darn clear that he doesn’t want to play baseball in one city. Outside of potentially visiting Oakland as a member of the New York Yankees, the veteran has no intention of repeating his nightmarish half season with the Athletics. According to Chris Cotillo of SB..." December 08

  • Cardinals Make Fowler an Offer

    Fox Sports "The Cardinals met Monday with the agents for free-agent center fielder Dexter Fowler and made him an initial offer, according to major-league sources. The St. Louis interest in Fowler is no secret. The Blue Jays have made Fowler a four-year offer in the $60 million range, according to MLB..." December 06

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Cardinals 'have kept tabs on' CF Lorenzo Cain

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As the Cardinals intensify their pursuit of the next outfielder they hope can update the look of their future lineups, three outfielders who they’ve turned to for that in the past already have found new homes. On the eve of baseball’s annual winter meetings, Matt Holliday agreed to a one-year,..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Yankees land their DH in Matt Holliday

    New York Post "The compensation draft pick it would have cost to sign Edwin Encarnacion to a multi-year deal for big money didn’t appeal to the Yankees. Signing Carlos Beltran, 40 in April, didn’t light a fire for them, even if the switch hitter had a good year in The Bronx before being dealt to the Rangers..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • Braves acquire Jaime Garcia from the Cardinals

    Hardball Talk "The Braves have acquired starter Jaime Garcia from the Cardinals in exchange for prospects, ESPN’s Mark Saxon reports. The Cardinals exercised Garcia’s $12 million club option for the 2017 season last month. He can become a free agent going into the 2018 season. Garcia, 30, was able to pitch a..." December 01

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Cardinals Have Interest In Justin Turner

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals have at least some interest in free agent third baseman Justin Turner, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network (Twitter link). It is not apparent from the report whether the club has spoken to Turner’s representatives. As things stand, St. Louis appears to have a full slate of..." November 29