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  • 6 Players We Still Can't Believe Weren't Traded at the MLB Deadline

    12 Up "We know how boring this MLB trade deadline was even with the Zack Greinke deal. There was a surprising amount of inaction from fringe contenders who decided to stand pat rather than sell. Plenty of players who should have gotten a change of scenery didn't, but these are the six players we..." August 23

  • The Future Star Who Got Away From Each MLB Team

    The Ringer "Gio Urshela spent the past few weeks showing his previous employers what they’re missing. In four games against the Blue Jays, for whom Urshela played 46 uneventful games last year, the Yankees third baseman tallied six hits, including three home runs; in four games against..." August 23

  • How players are using uniform numbers to break MLB's unwritten rules

    ESPN "For more than two years, Mallex Smith didn't tell anyone on his team why he wore No. 0. Back in January 2017, Smith found himself in a whirlwind of trades in one day, going from the Braves to the Mariners -- for all of 77 minutes ("Some of the best 77 minutes of my..." August 23

  • MLB Players Will Wear Cleats Designed By Little League World Series Teams This Weekend

    Uproxx "One of the many highlights of the Little League World Series in Williamsport is a collaboration between the World Series and Major League Baseball, where two MLB teams play in the tiny Pennsylvania town and give kids a personal look at the big leagues. With that event in the books and..." August 23

  • MLB Trade Rumors: Red Sox dealing Betts to Cardinals or Braves?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Cue the hysteria in Boston. Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts, one of baseball’s brightest young stars, could soon be on his way out of Fenway Park. With just one full year remaining on his deal, Betts is a logical name to include in trade rumorswhen the..." August 21

  • MLB warns sexual enhancers may include PEDs

    ESPN "Major League Baseball in a memo warned about the "very real risk" of over-the-counter sexual-enhancement pills after at least two players this year were suspended for performance-enhancing drugs and claimed the banned substances found in their urine came from the unregulated products,..." August 21

  • Garbage time, all the time: MLB sees historic spike in position players pitching

    USA Today "For years, it was perhaps the noblest surrender in sports, a rare raising of the white flag that mixed comedy, camaraderie and selflessness. Now, the sight of a position player climbing the mound to record the final outs of a lopsided major league game is an almost routine occurrence,..." August 21

  • Several home run records will fall this season

    Beyond The Boxscore "51 was a foreign number to me. At the age of seven, an emboldened 51 on the back of a baseball card simply didn’t belong in the home run column. It was absurd and grotesque. Hitting 50 bombs was something I read about in baseball history books (yeah, I was a weird second grader). It..." August 20

  • Each MLB Team's Most Boneheaded Decision of 2019

    Bleacher Report "With trade season over and the postseason still a good distance in the future, now is a perfect time to second-guess decisions Major League Baseball teams have made in 2019. Specifically, we've attempted to pinpoint each team's most boneheaded choice since the season properly..." August 20

  • 10 active MLB players who would make great managers after they retire

    CBS Sports "It's no secret that active managers and coaches are getting younger each and every year. Most recently, front-offices have become more open to hiring recently retired players to lead their clubs. With a higher reliance on analytics and less dependency on the Xs and Os, the..." August 20

  • The Best Young Starters Of 2019

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’re nearing the end of the 2019 regular season, a campaign which has featured plenty of valuable contributions from young starters. By my count, no fewer than 10 starters age 25 or younger have excelled this year. Several of them could continue helping their teams’ causes once the..." August 20

  • MLB lifers decry the state of the modern baseball: 'Unwatchable'

    USA Today "The game is still played with the pitchers’ mound 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate, the bases 90 feet apart, three outs per half inning and nine innings in a regulation game. Those are about the only constants resembling the game of baseball as we once knew..." August 19

  • Each MLB Team's Worst Bang-for-Your-Buck Star in 2019

    Bleacher Report "As we head into the dog days of summer and toward the MLB stretch run, it's as good a time as any to examine every team's worst bang-for-your-buck star. This isn't an exact science. But we'll consider each player's 2019 salary (per Spotrac) versus..." August 16

  • Minor league options can be a major league headache, but it beats the alternative

    SB Nation "Watch any major league game these days, and you’ll probably see both managers make several trips out to the mound to make a pitching change. Heavy reliance on relief pitchers lends itself to roster churn, a near-constant replenishing of bullpen arms. It’s created a class..." August 16

  • 12 Pitchers Whose Saves Tallies Will Drive 2020 Earnings

    MLB Trade Rumors "The ability to handle late-inning pressure still has value to teams. But the accumulation of saves, standing alone, isn’t generally the driver of open-market bullpen salaries that it once was. For arbitration, however, saves tallies pay big, opening the door to significant earning..." August 16

  • 6 Extended Players Who Have Improved In 2019

    MLB Trade Rumors "There was a well-documented run on contract extensions prior to this season, which bled into the current campaign in multiple instances. All told, 30 players inked multiyear pacts with their clubs between January and April. We highlighted five last week who’ve disappointed this..." August 16

  • Predicting 2020 Landing Spots for Each Top MLB Free Agent Post-Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Now that the Major League Baseball trade deadline has come and gone, up next on the list of things to look forward to are the stretch run of the regular season and, of course, the postseason. But let's skip right past those and look ahead to free agency. We have fresh..." August 15

  • Cardinals promote touted prospect Dylan Carlson to Triple-A Memphis

    KMOV "One of the Cardinals top prospects is climbing another step closer to his big-league debut. St. Louis promoted their No. 2 prospect Dylan Carlson to Triple-A Memphis Thursday, another rung on the ladder of what has been a successful professional career already for the 20-year-old..." August 15

  • Every MLB contender's most important player for the playoff race

    USA Today "With just six weeks left in the regular season, baseball's playoff races are heating up. Several divisions are still in play, which trickles down to the wild-card races, particularly in the National League with seven teams within 4 ½ games. Here's a..." August 15

  • Who Else Could Hit Outright Waivers In August?

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have made a pair of claims already, nabbing Kevin Gausman from the Braves and Freddy Galvis from the Blue Jays. While the Cincinnati organization still hasn’t manage to make a run into clear postseason contention, it’s in shouting distance and obviously..." August 14

  • 15 pitchers who may be approaching an innings limit, including Mike Soroka and Chris Paddack

    CBS Sports "We're inside seven weeks to go in the 2019 season, which means every pitcher has about 8-9 starts and maybe 45-50 innings remaining. That is, if they're allowed to use them. Innings limits are a fact of life. When a guy's workload enters uncharted territory, you..." August 13

  • Cardinals Place Jose Martinez On IL, Select Randy Arozarena, Activate Yadier Molina

    KMOV "The Cardinals will look a little different Tuesday in Kansas City when they return to action after an off-day Monday. The team announced Monday it has activated Yadier Molina from the injured list and selected the contract of outfielder Randy Arozarena from Memphis. Jose Martinez was..." August 12

  • Top takeaways from MLB's 2020 schedule release

    ESPN "Good news if you're a Tigers, Orioles, Mariners or Royals fan: You can start prepping for 2020! MLB released its 2020 schedule and here are some key dates to know. Opening Day, March 26: All 30 teams will open up on a Thursday in late March. At least MLB did a better job of..." August 12

  • MLB unveils 2020 schedule with 30-team Opening Day set for March 26

    The Score "Major League Baseball has announced the schedule for the 2020 season, which will officially begin with all 30 teams playing Thursday, March 26.  MLB Communications cataloged some noteworthy contests on next season's calendar, including the first game at the Texas..." August 12

  • 2020 Vesting Options Update

    MLB Trade Rumors "With over two-thirds of the 2019 season in the books, let’s check in to see how seven players are progressing towards possible vesting options in their contracts.  For those unfamiliar with the term, a vesting option is an agreed-upon threshold within a player’s contract..." August 12

  • Mike Shildt outlines Cardinals' rotation plans

    MLB.com "The Cardinals aren’t switching up their rotation too much yet as they look ahead to a 16-game stretch in 17 days that takes them through Aug. 28. Jack Flaherty will start Tuesday against the Royals and Dakota Hudson will start Wednesday in the Cardinals’ two-game..." August 11

  • The Cardinals are changing their “STL” logo a tiny, tiny bit

    Hardball Talk "The St. Louis Cardinals are ever-so-slightly changing the interlocking “STL” logo they use on their caps. It’s officially a change for 2020, but they’ve soft-launched it on various graphics packages. You can see all the differences over at Chris Creamer’s..." August 08

  • 6 Non-Tendered Players Who Could Be Re-Tendered This Fall

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLBTR is the hottest spot on the internet for all your arbitration needs! I know, I know … bold marketing statement. But it’s true. We take the arb process seriously in these parts, from essential arbitration projections to detailed breakdowns to in-time coverage of the..." August 08

  • Jack Flaherty is key if Cardinals hope to make postseason in the National League

    The Sports Daily "The St. Louis Cardinals are remaining in the hunt for a playoff spot. If the Cards hope to make the postseason and get by the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central divisional race or get in as a wildcard, they will need to continue to get quality starts from starting..." August 07

  • Alex Reyes Headed For Additional Testing, May Not Pitch Again In 2019

    MLB Trade Rumors "It appears that Cardinals righty Alex Reyes is once again threatened by the potential of a season-ending injury. Mark Saxon of The Athletic tweets that Reyes is heading to St. Louis for another round of imaging and examinations on his ailing right pectoral muscle, adding..." August 07

  • Early Team-by-Team MLB Free-Agency Predictions Post-2019 Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The MLB trade deadline is in the rearview. We're headed for the stretch run. Let's pause for a moment to gaze ahead at the upcoming free-agent market and predict the direction each team will take.  It's early, sure. But it's an interesting thought..." August 07

  • Cardinals Designate Adalberto Mejia, Select Junior Fernandez

    CBS Sports "Junior Fernandez had his contract selected from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday. Fernandez will join the big-league club after posting a 1.31 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with 23 strikeouts over 20.2 innings this season at Triple-A. " August 06

  • Re-Ranking MLB's Top 10 Lineups Post-Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Pitching might win championships, but a sputtering offense can derail a title run just as quickly as an underperforming starting rotation or a porous bullpen. More than a few notable hitters changed teams at this year's trade deadline, while other squads have made in-house..." August 06

  • Cardinals Place Tyler O’Neill On IL

    CBS Sports "Tyler O'Neill landed on the 10-day injured list with a left wrist strain Saturday. O'Neill sat Thursday against the Cubs with what was originally described as a minor hand injury, but the original diagnosis and severity were apparently both incorrect. " August 04

  • Cardinals DFA Mike Mayers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals have designated right-hander Mike Mayers for assignment, tweets Mark Saxon of the Athletic. The club has since announced the move. Additionally, infielder Matt Carpenter has been activated from the 10-day injured list, pitching prospect Ryan Helsley has been recalled,..." August 04

  • Cardinals activate Matt Carpenter after IL stint for foot

    ESPN "St. Louis Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter has been activated from the injured list after missing nearly three weeks with a foot injury. The Cardinals announced Carpenter's activation amid a series of roster moves before Sunday's game against the Oakland Athletics. " August 04

  • Cardinals To Activate Marcell Ozuna

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The “Big Bear” is joining the “Big Tear.” Cardinals left fielder Marcell “Big Bear” Ozuna, who finished his injury rehabilitation option at Memphis on a high note Thursday night with three hits, including a home run, and five runs batted in, will..." August 03

  • Flamethrower Jordan Hicks shouts out fan Nathan Patterson who signed contract with A's

    USA Today "Jordan Patterson is the talk of the baseball world after a video of him throwing a 96-mph pitch led to the Oakland Athletics signing the 23-year-old to a professional contract and he has a new high-profile admirer. St. Louis Cardinals closer Jordan Hicks, the hardest thrower in..." August 03

  • MLB's Juiced Ball Controversy Has Pitchers Scrambling and Suspicious

    Bleacher Report "As Jose Martinez walked toward his position in right field during batting practice one day earlier this summer, he casually bounced a ball into the infield dirt. The scene was striking: The baseball hit the dirt with a thud, bounced up waist-high, and Martinez caught it with his right..." August 02

  • These scientists may have solved MLB's 'juiced' baseball problem

    USA Today "In cardboard boxes and plastic bins. On shelving units and tabletops. Even suspended in midair, as if by magic. In the sprawling Sports Science Laboratory at Washington State University, baseballs are everywhere. In flight, too, when they’re fired out of air..." August 02

  • 10 offseason trade candidates, with Noah Syndergaard and a pair of Pirates back on the block

    CBS Sports "Now that Major League Baseball's trade deadline has passed, it's time to focus on the more important things in life. Like, say, offseason trade candidates. That's right, we've decided to look ahead to the winter and highlight 10 players who could soon be on the move. To those..." August 02

  • Top 10 players who didn't get dealt at MLB trade deadline

    USA Today "Major League Baseball's trade deadline is now behind us and while there were a few fireworks, most of the big names rumored to be available ended up staying put. Here's a look at 10 of the top players who didn't get traded: Madison Bumgarner..." August 01

  • 4 Dumbest Decisions Teams Made at the MLB Trade Deadline

    12 Up "If not for the Houston Astros swooping in at the buzzer to acquire Zack Greinke from the Arizona Diamondbacks, we experienced a fairly unentertaining MLB trade deadline. Sure, we saw some shrewd moves in addition to two stars in Trevor Bauer and Marcus Stroman get dealt, but that was..." August 01

  • Ranking and evaluating the 15 best prospects traded at MLB trade deadline

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball's trade deadline passed on Wednesday afternoon, bringing with it a flurry of activity. We've covered almost every noteworthy deal elsewhere, but we wanted to dedicate some bandwidth to the prospects who were moved as part of the silly season. Below you'll find..." August 01

  • MLB Free Agents 2019: List of Top Players This Offseason After Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The MLB trade deadline has passed and there is no waiver trade deadline in 2019, so the next chance to get a significant upgrade to your team is free agency.  While much of the league is focusing on the rest of the season while trying to win a World Series title, front..." July 31

  • Losers From the 2019 MLB Trade Deadline

    The Big Lead "The 2019 MLB trade deadline has passed and now it’s time to take stock. Here’s a look at the losers from this year’s deadline. Cincinnati Reds I’m not sure of the Cincinnati Reds’ logic here. They aren’t contending — nor do they..." July 31

  • MLB Trade Deadline: Dodgers To Acquire Jedd Gyorko From St. Louis Cardinals

    Dodger Blue "For much of the time leading up to the MLB trade deadline, the Los Angeles Dodgers appeared to be focused on addressing an inconsistent bullpen. While that appeared to hold true, the Dodgers additionally were connected to Marcus Stroman and Noah Syndergaard over the weekend. That was..." July 31

  • Unlocking the Mystery of Jedd Gyorko and His Placement on the 60-day IL While He’s Allegedly Healthy

    Viva El Birdos "When I wrote yesterday’s article about the Cardinals’ claiming Adalberto Mejia, I included a brief blurb about the corresponding roster move the Cards made to create space on the 40-man roster for Mejia, namely the transfer of Jedd Gyorko from the 10-day IL..." July 31

  • Cardinals Claim Adalberto Mejia

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals announced that they’ve claimed left-hander Adalberto Mejia off waivers from the Angels. Infielder Jedd Gyorko was moved from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL in a corresponding 40-man roster move. St. Louis also announced the previously..." July 30