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  • Cardinals sign 2-year deal with outfielder Jose Martinez

    KSDK "The St. Louis Cardinals have signed outfielder Jose Martinez to a two-year contract, the team announced on Saturday. “José has been a key contributor to our team since his acquisition in 2016, and we’re pleased to announce this new two-year deal,”..." February 23

  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • Carlos Martinez shut down for two weeks

    Yardbarker "The Cardinals have shut down righty Carlos Martinez from throwing for two weeks, per’s Jenifer Langosch (Twitter links). While there’s no concern of structural damage, the club believes that the hurler needs to build up shoulder strength. Given the timing of the..." February 19

  • Red Sox owner John Henry says Adam Wainwright's concern over a midseason strike is 'crazy'

    Yahoo! Sports "Many players have expressed their opinions on the current state of free agency in Major League Baseball, but veteran Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright's comments especially have raised eyebrows. "Unless something changes, there's going to be a strike, 100 percent,"..." February 19

  • Carlos Martinez removed from throwing program due to weakness in shoulder

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Some of the same concerns that hounded Carlos Martinez throughout this past season and left the righthanded pitcher "afraid," in his words, to throw at full strength have resurfaced and halted his spring training. Martinez has been removed from the team's throwing..." February 19

  • Kris Bryant happy to clear the air with Yadier Molina over comments about St. Louis

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant said he's more than happy to clear the air with Yadier Molina after offseason comments made by Bryant about the city of St. Louis raised the ire of the Cardinals' All-Star catcher. In a comedy sketch with former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster..." February 18

  • Cardinals expect Marcell Ozuna to be ready Opening Day

    Real GM Baseball "Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna will be on a limited throwing program to start the spring but is expected to be ready for Opening Day, manager Mike Shildt said Saturday. " February 16

  • Adam Wainwright predicts MLB strike, fears players walking out midseason

    Larry Brown Sports "MLB owners appear to once again be taking a stand this offseason against handing out massive long-term contracts to star free agents, and one veteran player is convinced the practice is going to eventually result in a work stoppage. Longtime St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainright..." February 15

  • Martinez to build as starter but may see relief "With a gaggle of 10 pitchers competing for five big league rotation spots this spring, the Cardinals will be forced into some creativity when it comes time to assigning roles to each at the end of March. That will mean a return to the Minors for some and a move into the 'pen for..." February 13

  • Baseball players are not overpaid

    USA Today "I feel like I keep writing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in this space, and I apologize for repeating myself so much already. But with the NFL season over, the NBA season in its lull between the trade deadline and the playoff run, the NHL almost entirely..." February 13

  • MLBPA head Tony Clark rips rumored free agent contract specifics, says they come from 'obvious agenda'

    CBS Sports "For the second consecutive offseason, free agency has been incredibly slow and this time around, it feels like far too many contending teams with deep pockets are sitting out. We've started to see some grumbles from players like Jake Arrieta, Justin..." February 12

  • Manfred: No DH in the National League until at least 2022

    Hardball Talk "The stuff that came out the other day about the National League possibly adopting the Designated Hitter soon? Forget it: Commissioner Rob Manfred said today that expanding the DH is something that’ll have to wait until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, which — barring an..." February 08

  • MLB Opposed To Near-Term Adoption Of Universal DH

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said today at the owners’ meetings that the league is not interested in considering certain union-proposed changes in advance of the 2019 season, as Ronald Blum of the AP reports. In particular, Manfred indicated he is not open to the introduction of the..." February 08

  • Report: Cubs and Cardinals may take rivalry to London in 2020

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Cubs might be following the Bears' lead and playing overseas soon.  Friday morning, the Associated Press reported that two people familiar with the situation say that Major League Baseball is considering the Cubs and Cardinals as one of two matchups for its 2020..." February 08

  • The universal DH makes sense, and it's time for the National League to make the switch

    CBS Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is reportedly pushing to add a designated hitter to National League rosters as soon as this season, one of several eye-opening changes being batted around by the union, and MLB. Per reports by Jeff Passan of ESPN and Ken..." February 07

  • MLB's free agency freeze is an embarrassment for baseball

    USA Today "The baseball equipment and uniforms have been packed, the trucks are rolling on the highways, and in just a few days, spring training camps open in Florida and Arizona. While local TV crews have breathlessly showed clips and soundbites of team equipment trucks leaving their snowy..." February 06

  • Which MLB teams are actually trying to win in 2019?

    USA Today "Baseball has lurched to the one-week mark until almost every spring training camp opens, and of course you’re well-aware dozens of unsigned players won’t be walking through those doors. But never mind the unknown destinations of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and a..." February 06

  • Sources: MLB and players discussing rule changes that could alter game

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing potentially drastic changes to the on-field game and economic landscape of the sport in the middle of a..." February 06

  • Locking up Miles Mikolas before free agency

    Viva El Birdos "Last week, I proposed a potential extension for Paul Goldschmidt to sign. A lot of commentators said he wouldn’t sign it and that it was too low. That was kind of the point. I don’t think a Goldschmidt extension makes sense otherwise. Personally, I’d rather..." February 05

  • MLBPA not expected to host free agent camp this year

    SNY TV "With less than two weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, dozens and dozens of quality major league free agents remain jobless. But there are no plans for the Players' Association to repeat last year's experiment with a training camp for unsigned..." February 04

  • There is a rumor the Cardinals and Paul Goldschmidt agreed to an extension

    Viva El Birdos "Among some of the other little rumors that have been shuffled about this offseason there have been whispers of negotiations with Paul Goldschmidt for a contract extension. It was certainly something that makes sense for both parties; the Cardinals have long been known to..." February 04

  • Should an MLB star mimic Anthony Davis and help make trade demands more common in baseball?

    CBS Sports "If you're a New Orleans Pelicans fan today, you're heartbroken. Anthony Davis, the best player in franchise history and one of the best in the NBA, announced (through his agent) that he wants to be traded. By asking for a trade, Davis asserted a level of autonomy that we..." January 29

  • MLB, Nike Announce 10-Year Uniform, Merchandise Contract

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball and Nike agreed to a 10-year deal Friday that will make Nike the league's official on-field apparel and merchandise designer beginning in 2020. According to Eben Novy-Williams of Bloomberg, MLB and Under Armour originally agreed to a..." January 25

  • Head of MLBPA Tony Clark says slow free-agent periods are a 'threat to our game'

    Yahoo! Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is tired of seeing good MLB players sit on the free-agent market unsigned. Tony Clark, head of the MLBPA, spoke out Thursday, telling the Associated Press the slow free-agent periods have become a major “threat to our..." January 25

  • Bill James' Hall of Fame Leaderboard for Active Players Contains One Shocking Name

    12 Up "Now that we know who is part of the 2019 Hall of Fame class, it's fun to look at current players who are instantly destined for Cooperstown and those who have a decidedly more meandering path to the Hall. The godfather of sabermetrics, Bill James, has his own top-10..." January 23

  • MLB now trying to get minor leaguers exempted from minimum wage law at the state level

    Hardball Talk "In recent years, Major League Baseball spent significant amounts of money lobbying Congress to exempt minor leaguers from the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. They succeeded last year, as minor leaguers are now considered seasonal workers and as such are not owed minimum wage or..." January 23

  • The only thing getting warmer on baseball’s tepid hot stove is the tension

    Washington Post "The stories began appearing three winters ago and accelerated in pace in the winter of 2017-18: Some of the richest teams in baseball appeared to be getting their financial houses in order, trimming payroll, clearing space and getting under the luxury tax threshold, all in apparent preparation..." January 22

  • Cardinals' Molina says feud with Cubs' Bryant will carry into season

    The Score "Yadier Molina isn't going to let Kris Bryant off that easy. Three days after the St. Louis Cardinals catcher called Bryant and former Chicago Cubspitcher Ryan Dempster "stupid players and losers" on Instagram after they..." January 22

  • DeWitt: Cardinals Interested In Long-Term Deal With Paul Goldschmidt

    MLB Trade Rumors "Though the Cardinals may not have many further additions to make to their 2019 roster, that doesn’t mean the club’s offeason business is complete. In comments today, as’s Jenifer Langosch was among those to report, owner Bill DeWitt Jr. made clear that..." January 22

  • Molina energizes Cardinals with his fiery defense of St. Louis

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Busch Stadium might need to relocate to The Hill. Cubs manager Joe Maddon once compared the Cardinals to Tony Soprano. What is he going to say when he finds out what manager Mike Shildt is calling catcher Yadier Molina? “He’s the Yadfather,”..." January 22

  • Cardinals intend to pitch extension to Goldy "The Cardinals appear to be done downplaying their interest in inking Paul Goldschmidt to an extension that would keep the perennial All-Star first baseman in St. Louis beyond one season. Six weeks after president of baseball operations John Mozeliak dodged a question about..." January 21

  • Mikolas open to extension talks with Cards "Miles Mikolas said on Sunday that he is open to discussing the possibility of a contract extension with the Cardinals before he hits free agency, and he will put no parameters on when those discussions can take place. Mikolas is one of three members of the club's projected Opening..." January 20

  • Cardinals' Yadier Molina calls Cubs' Kris Bryant a 'loser' for disrespecting St. Louis

    USA Today "It's only January, but the rivalry between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs is already heating up. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant drew outrage from the Cardinals' fanbase and All-Star catcher Yadier Molina for calling St. Louis..." January 19

  • Cubs star Bryant: St. Louis is 'so boring' "Cubs star Kris Bryant stoked one of baseball's longest-running rivalries on Friday with comments about the rival Cardinals' home city. Bryant had a few critical words to say about St. Louis during a live conversation with former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster at the 34th..." January 19

  • The Top of the Cardinals Farm is Changing

    Viva El Birdos "Aaron Schafer wrapped up his splendid top prospect list last week. In the gripping series finale, he opined that the farm system seemed different. There really has been a sea change in the Cards’ system, and we can spot it right up at the top of the list. Not just..." January 18

  • If MLB Implements a Significant Rule Change in 2019, It Will Be a Pitch Clock

    SI "No proposed rules change would improve baseball’s pace of action issue more than a pitch clock, which is why Major League Baseball officials prioritized getting a pitch clock for the 2019 season at a meeting with Players Association officials Monday. The union, which has been cool to the..." January 18

  • Pitcher and catcher report days, full squad workout days announced for all 30 teams

    Hardball Talk "The first Spring Training workout dates, both for pitchers and catchers and for full squads, has been released for all 30 of the Major League clubs. I find that rather weird given that there are scores and scores of players who don’t have jobs yet, but I guess a schedule is a..." January 17

  • Alex Reyes making 'steady progress,' but pitcher's role for Cardinals still uncertain

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "While some of the conversation about the Cardinals’ pitching staff this winter has fixated on whether they have an ace, who that ace is, and whether they ought to add an ace, one thing is clear as spring training approaches. They have a wild card. A series of..." January 17

  • Cardinals give raises to Ozuna and Wacha but don't have long-term talks scheduled

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Marcell Ozuna’s one-year deal calling for him to receive $12.25 million next season, which avoided arbitration Friday, is believed to be the highest one-year contract for a Cardinals position player, just ahead of Lance Berkman’s $12 million for one year in 2012. Reliever..." January 14

  • Cardinals avoid arbitration with Marcell Ozuna

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals and their three arbitration-eligible players — left fielder Marcell Ozuna, starting pitcher Michael Wacha and reliever Dominic Leone — reached agreement Friday on contracts for the 2019 season, with Ozuna topping the list at $12.25 million, up from his..." January 12

  • Inside the wild, wonky world of MLB salary arbitration

    ESPN "With $3 million at stake, the Boston Red Sox wanted to create the most compelling argument possible against Mookie Betts without alienating or insulting him. So last January, as they tried to convince a three-person arbitration panel that Betts deserved the $7.5 million..." January 11

  • Today’s arbitration deadline could mean more than it usually does

    Hardball Talk "There’s an offseason deadline today that, in the past, you may not have thought much about but which, this year, is a bit more important. It’s the deadline by which teams and arbitration-eligible players who were tendered a contract back on November 30 must exchange salary..." January 11

  • Predicting the Next 10 MLB Superstars to Top $200M Megadeals

    Bleacher Report "With the new year upon us and spring training around the corner, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain on the free-agent market. Both will eventually sign, and the consensus is they will land megadeals in excess of $200 million. According to The Athletic's Jim Bowden,..." January 10

  • MLB Payroll Spending Declined by $18 Million in 2018; 1st Decrease Since 2010

    Bleacher Report "With close attention being paid to the number of free agents still unsigned, Major League Baseball teams did something last season that hasn't happened since 2010.  Per the Associated Press (h/t, the $4,227,041,948 combined payroll for all 30 teams in 2018..." January 09

  • Why 2021 is the next big MLB free-agent class

    CBS Sports "If general managers of baseball teams still used paper calendars and magic markers, they would have circled those calendars years ago, drooling with anticipation for this winter. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are multi-tool superstars in their mid-20s, making them the kind..." January 09

  • Shifting the focus to the rotation

    Viva El Birdos "Happy New Year to all of you out there. I hope you had a restful—or, at least, not stressful—holiday season. Here’s to a 2019 with plenty to celebrate here at VEB. One could safely argue the Cardinals have made the most impact of any team since the Red..." January 04

  • Cardinals contemplating long-term extension for Paul Goldschmidt

    Yardbarker "Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Cardinals believe they have a sense of what it would take to extend recently acquired first baseman Paul Goldschmidt as well as the ability to make a “strong, market-right offer” to the slugger. A five-year..." December 27