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  • Cardinals Place Michael Wacha On Injured List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals announced Monday that right-hander Michael Wacha has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to patellar tendinitis in his left knee. The move is retroactive to April 19. In his place, infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson has been recalled from Triple-A..." April 22

  • Carpenter exits game with left knee contusion "Before the Cardinals finished their 10-2 victory over the Mets on Saturday afternoon, Matt Carpenter was removed from the game for precautionary reasons, shortly after the third baseman fouled a pitch off his left knee. Officially, Carpenter was diagnosed with a left knee..." April 20

  • Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader placed on 10-day IL

    KSDK "As if we needed any more negative news about the Cardinals this morning. The Cardinals just announced they are placing outfielder Harrison Bader on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to April 14th. Bader is dealing with a right hamstring strain.  The Cardinals have recalled..." April 17

  • Cardinals Place Tyler O’Neill, Mike Mayers On 10-Day IL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals announced today that outfielder Tyler O’Neill and righty Mike Mayers are both headed onto the 10-day injured list. The former suffered an ulnar nerve subluxation in his right elbow while the latter has a strained lat. A trio of reinforcements is..." April 16

  • Cardinals Tried and Failed Repeatedly to Trade for Christian Yelich Before Brewers Swiped Him

    12 Up "After the reigning NL MVP pounded out his fifth, sixth, and seventh home runs of the season against the St. Louis Cardinals last night, Cardinals fans probably thought things couldn't get any worse. Unfortunately, Christian Yelich's wrath followed, even after they..." April 16

  • Stunning study shows MLB umps got 32K calls wrong in 2018

    Sportsnaut "If you’re a proponent of robot umps taking over at the MLB level, then a new study put together by graduate students at Boston University will strengthen your stance. The information garnered by this study, which evaluated nearly four million pitches over the span of..." April 16

  • Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader slowed by right hamstring

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "To avoid running Harrison Bader into a more severe injury and lengthier recovery, the Cardinals rested their center fielder Sunday in the series finale at Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey and will reevaluate his ailing right hamstring Monday, in Milwaukee. Bader felt a..." April 15

  • The IRS gives baseball teams a break

    Hardball Talk "April 15 is quickly approaching so here’s one for all the tax nerds out there: the IRS issued new guidance today that will give professional sports teams some relief from a new twist presented by the tax law enacted in 2017. The relevant provision related to how businesses are..." April 11

  • Cardinals give veteran Matt Carpenter two-year contract extension with vesting option for third year

    CBS Sports "Early Wednesday afternoon, the Cardinals called a 3 p.m. local press conference. With a few hours between the announcement and the actual press conference, it's a fun time to watch rampant speculation on social media as to what the presser is about. As it turns out it's a..." April 10

  • Forbes: Yankees remain baseball's most valuable team at $4.6B, $1.3B more than Dodgers

    Yahoo! Sports "The New York Yankees are the most valuable team in Major League Baseball, according to Forbes’ list of team values released Wednesday. If there’s déjà vu you’re feeling, it’s because the Yankees have sat atop the rankings every year Forbes..." April 10

  • Marcell Ozuna Demonstrates The Dangers Of Trying Too Hard

    Deadspin "In the top of the eighth inning with nobody on and nobody out, Kiké Hernandez hit the ball deep into left field. Thinking the ball had been absolutely crushed, Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna decided to try and set himself up to make a catch that would be a strong contender for the..." April 10

  • Royals Return Chris Ellis To Cardinals

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals announced Tuesday that Rule 5 pick Chris Ellis has cleared waivers and returned to the Cardinals organization. The right-hander will head to a minor league affiliate (without occupying a spot on the 40-man roster), though the Cardinals’ announcement of the move did..." April 09

  • The three-batter minimum is coming to MLB in 2020, and some relievers are opposed to the rule change

    CBS Sports "One of baseball's recent true norths -- to invent a plural form -- is that commissioner Rob Manfred will tinker at the margins in order to improve pace of play, at least notionally, and re-calibrate a game that, according to sturdy consensus, has become too infested with..." April 09

  • Trump's scuttling of MLB-Cuba deal means defections, human trafficking will continue

    USA Today "So much for Cuban players not having to defect to play in the majors. When the Trump administration abruptly cancelled Major League Baseball’s landmark agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation, it guaranteed the dangerous practice will continue. Players..." April 09

  • Scott Boras calls young players’ contract extensions “snuff contracts”

    Hardball Talk "Mid-February marked the beginning of contract extension season in baseball. Since February 13, 25 contract extensions have been signed, notably by many young players including Ronald Acuña Jr., Blake Snell, and Eloy Jiménez. Acuña Jr. and Snell were last year’s..." April 08

  • Alex Reyes sent to Memphis for prescribed, specific outings, not to start, says Shildt

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The idea of having prized rookie Alex Reyes head to Class AAA Memphis and build up his workload to become a starter for the Cardinals is "not even close to on our radar," manager Mike Shildt said Sunday morning. The Cardinals optioned Reyes and infielder Yairo Munoz to their..." April 08

  • 5 teams that need to sign Kimbrel immediately

    The Score "Let's assume the slumping Boston Red Sox are sticking to their guns and have no problem running Ryan Brasier, Matt Barnes, or Colten Brewer in the highest-leverage innings of the game instead of bringing back Craig Kimbrel. It hasn't really been the bullpen that's gotten..." April 07

  • Pujols: Cardinals' handling of talks led to '12 exit

    ESPN "A reflective Albert Pujols says it was the way the Los Angeles Angels showed they cared that led him to join the team seven years ago. Pujols addressed his 2012 decision to sign with the Angels over the St. Louis Cardinals in an interview on "In Depth with Graham Bensinger,"..." April 07

  • Cardinals' Brett Cecil undergoes carpal tunnel surgery

    Yardbarker "Cardinals left-hander Brett Cecil underwent surgery this week to alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome in his left wrist and through his forearm, per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Twitter link). Cecil, 32, wasn’t expected back until at least the end of May after..." April 06

  • Cardinals Option Alex Reyes To Triple-A

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals have optioned righty Alex Reyes to Triple-A, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Twitter link).  A corresponding move hasn’t yet been announced. " April 06

  • has inexplicably made it more difficult to find, watch, and share highlights

    Awful Announcing "I was taken aback this week when I attempted to watch highlights on For some reason, they got rid of the damn search bar. It’s absurd. Previously, if you clicked on the videos tab, you would see a page of the most popular recent videos, with an easy to..." April 03

  • Cardinals, White Sox postpone their home openers

    Hardball Talk "Opening Day and home openers are a big deal, so unless you play in a dome or in California, Major League Baseball gives you an off day after your opener in the event that is rained or snowed or colded out. Two teams are taking advantage of that this week, with both the St. Louis Cardinals and..." April 03

  • What we mean when we say $100 million is a ‘bargain’

    Hardball Talk "The first response I usually get to a post like our post about the Ronald Acuña Jr. extension — a post which notes that the Braves are getting an extraordinary bargain for a supremely talented player — is “So what? It’s their choice? No one forced them..." April 02

  • This Stat Shows How Utterly Out Of Control Defensive Shifts In MLB Are

    NESN "Defensive shifts used to be rare occurrences reserved for only the most-notable left-handed pull hitters in Major League Baseball. Oh, how times have changed. As advanced stats have taken a larger role in the day-to-day workings of baseball, and every manager in the game has..." March 28

  • Brett Cecil placed on 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome

    Hardball Talk "On Monday, Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil was placed on the 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Cecil, who notably lost 42 pounds since the end of the 2018 season, was having trouble with his mechanics throughout spring training and only logged two..." March 26

  • Does Jordan Hicks Need a Changeup?

    Viva El Birdos "With only a week until baseball season starts (thank goodness), there’s going to be new baseball to analyze soon. It’s a good thing, too, because my goodness, I’m tired of variously prognosticating doom and patience for the 2019 Cardinals. This isn’t a knock on..." March 25

  • Cardinals place Carlos Martinez on injured list with rotator cuff injury

    Sportsnaut "The St. Louis Cardinals will open up the regular season without one of their core rotation pieces. The team announced on Monday that it has placed veteran starter Carlos Martinez on the injured list with a rotator cuff injury. On the surface, placing him on the 10-day..." March 25

  • MLBPA just another union currently being crushed by technology

    Sportsnet "We are not witnessing the death of the Major League Baseball Players Association. But on the 50th anniversary of Curt Flood’s challenge on the reserve clause that opened the door for free agency, we are bystanders to its gelding. It’s debatable who, if anybody, gets the..." March 25

  • Cards ready to unleash Reyes: 'He's a phenom' "Pitching coach Mike Maddux had settled into his seat, a plate of breakfast in front of him, when he gathered a group of reporters around him to talk about a potpourri of topics and players. Much of it was light-hearted, with Maddux pointing out the “hang time” of Tyler..." March 24

  • There is little correlation between player salaries and ticket prices

    Hardball Talk "With the recent spate of contract extensions and big name free agent signings, more than a handful of fans have expressed concern that deals signed by the likes of Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Manny Machado will drive up ticket prices. Research on the subject is scarce, but..." March 22

  • Cardinals To Select Matt Wieters, Designate Chasen Shreve

    MLB Trade Rumors "Matt Wieters has officially made the Cardinals’ roster as the backup to Yadier Molina, tweets Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wieters, who signed a minor league deal in February, will have his contract selected, and the Cardinals will designate..." March 22

  • Cardinals, Goldschmidt close to extension

    The Score "The St. Louis Cardinals and Paul Goldschmidt are close to a contract extension for at least five years, and it will pay the All-Star first baseman in excess of $110 million, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Goldschmidt is scheduled to enter free agency after the 2019..." March 21

  • Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals Agree to 5-Year, $130 Million Contract

    Bleacher Report "The St. Louis Cardinals and star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt have agreed to a five-year extension worth around $130 million, according to's Jeff Passan. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal first reported Thursday the two sides were nearing a deal. Goldschmidt is due..." March 21

  • Who's next? These MLB players could approach Mike Trout money

    USA Today "It took 11 years, but three players this winter have agreed to contracts larger than the record-setting 10-year, $275 million deal Alex Rodriguez signed with the New York Yankees in the fall of 2007. Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout will make $426.5 million over..." March 19

  • Sources: MLB eyes higher salaries in minors

    ESPN "Major League Baseball suggested sweeping changes to the minor leagues -- including a significant increase in salaries, a higher standard of living conditions and better transportation -- during an initial collective-bargaining session with the group that oversees the minors, sources familiar..." March 19

  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • The Dexter Fowler Spring Experiment is Not Going Well

    Viva El Birdos "We all know how 2018 went for Dexter Fowler. Simply put, it was ugly. But we’ll get to that in a second. First we’ll step back even a bit further. In 2017, Fowler’s first year with the Cardinals, he was a strong, stabilising force in the Redbird lineup,..." March 18

  • Another strong outing for Wacha, who might be in Cards camp for last time

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Michael Wacha seems to be having more fun in the Cardinals’ clubhouse this spring than he probably ever has. Part of that surely could attest to his side feeling good, after he missed 3½ months because of an oblique strain last season. And the fact his often-balky..." March 15

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14

  • Report: MLB, union agree to end August trades

    The Score "Baseball's trade season is about to get a major facelift. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to eliminate the August waiver trade period in favor of a single non-waiver trade deadline day for all transactions on July 31, sources told Ken..." March 13

  • Ready to resume throwing, Carlos Martinez says he's open to any role

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The fork in the road that will send Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez in one of two directions — starter or reliever — looms up ahead. The news Wednesday morning is that he's back on that road, and open to either direction it will eventually..." March 13

  • Flaherty: Having his contract renewed is symptom of a 'system that is not great'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "By rejecting the Cardinals’ calculated salary offer for the 2019 season, Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty forced the team to unilaterally renew his contract, not because he took issue with the club, just the overall salary system in place. “It’s nothing on the..." March 12

  • As part of gambling deal, MLB lineups will now go to commissioner’s office before being made public

    Awful Announcing "It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite..." March 07

  • ‘Adapt or die’: MLB staffs have new look as coaches go from lab to dugout

    USA Today "Wes Johnson did not run from the labels. Weirdo. Iconoclast. Voodoo coach. Johnson heard some variation of them all over the past decade, when he first set up shop as the pitching coach of Dallas Baptist University armed with mysterious tracking technology, funny balls and a..." March 07

  • Inside Major League Baseball’s exploitation of minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "Ted Berg of For the Win has written an excellent story about what it’s like to be a minor league catcher in spring training. About how many of them there are and how much work they do. Of how critically important it is to the big league team and big league players that they are..." March 07

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says economic system ‘not broken’

    Boston Herald "Good thing the Internet hasn’t been invented yet because if it had been, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might have some explaining to do upon returning home to his wife, Colleen, mother to the couple’s four children. The marquee name at the Boston College..." March 07

  • Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause

    Larry Brown Sports "A new provision as part of Major League Baseball’s new gambling partnership has annoyed at least one manager. Last November, MLB made MGM their “official gaming partner” as sports betting becomes increasingly legal and accepted in the United States. Peter Gammons of..." March 06

  • Report: MLB planning changes to All-Star selection with 'election day'

    The Score "Major League Baseball plans to introduce an extra step to All-Star selection this season with a new "election day" to determine the starters at each position, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Standard online voting would still take place under the new format. Once..." March 06

  • Report: Active rosters to expand to 26 players in 2020

    Hardball Talk "Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are close to agreeing to expand active rosters to 26 players for the start of the 2020 regular season. This is in exchange for a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after Opening..." March 06