Arbitrary Decisions

There are a lot of good things about Winter Warm-Up.  For one, it raises a lot of money for Cardinals Care.  (Kudos to Adam Wainwright for pledging part of his karaoke receipts to help defray the loss of a day this year.)  It lets folks meet the players and get autographs.  And, most importantly for this site’s [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
1 hour ago

Jhonny Peralta, Christian Vazquez Change Representation

Veteran infielder Jhonny Peralta and young catcher Christian Vazquez have each changed their representation, moving to Melvin Roman’s MDR Sports, according to Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal (subscription link). Peralta, 34, is entering the final year of his free-agent contract with the Cardinals. He has been mentioned as a possible trade candidate, though his focus figures...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
10 hours ago

Cards don't plan to reduce Yadi's playing time

The annual topic of Yadier Molina's playing time -- and the question about whether this is the year the Cardinals rein it in -- predictably arose on the final day of the Cardinals' Winter Warm-Up. This time, though, manager Mike Matheny came with a bold and changed response.
15 hours ago

Cardinals looking to become more aggressive on the bases in 2017

ST. LOUIS -- A year after St. Louis finished last in the National League in stolen bases, the Cardinals are putting an emphasis on becoming more athletic and aggressive on the base paths.The arrival of newly-acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler is leading that push, though the rest of the Cardinals -- including manager Mike Matheny -- are on board, too.St. Louis stole only 35 bases...
Via Associated Press
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Photos: Monday, 1/16/17

St. Louis Cardinals photos from Monday’s final session of the 2017 Winter Warm-Up at St. Louis’ Hyatt Regency at the Arch. Included in row order below are Mike Leake, Mike Matheny, Bill DeWitt Jr. and Bill DeWitt III, Michael Wacha, Lance Lynn and Adam Wainwright. Readers should check out The Cardinal Nation main site where we posted summaries and the full audio remarks by the...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
18 hours ago

Dexter Fowler gives President Obama custom Jordan shoes

The Chicago Cubs are making a rare January visit to the White House (and that’s not a joke about the Cubs winning the World Series) to be honored for their recent World Series championship. While it is customary to bring a custom jersey with the president’s name as a token of appreciation, Dexter Fowler is bringing another nice little personalized gift for President Barack...
Via The Comeback
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Trade History of John Mozeliak, 2009

Last week, we started our examination of the trade history of Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak.  He came out with a bang in 2007, trading two pieces of what we would now term “the core” and then wrapped up 2008 with what is one of his most disappointing trades.  In the next two years, Mo picked up the pace, making 10 such [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
1 day ago

Cardinals Could Extend Yadier Molina

Considering his murky contract status beyond 2017, there’s an outside possibility catcher Yadier Molina is entering his final season with the Cardinals. Molina will make $14MM this year, the last guaranteed season of his contract, and then he and the Cardinals will have a decision to make on a $15MM mutual option ($2MM buyout) for 2018. However, the two sides are motivated to stay...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Cards counting on refocused Wong at second

Following a season in which he lost his everyday job and found himself back, albeit briefly, in the Minors, Kolten Wong spent his offseason assessing what went wrong while also listening to the Cardinals repeatedly affirm their intentions to open the 2017 season with him as their starting second baseman.
1 day ago

Cards' Harris, Gonzales healthy, ready to compete

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.
1 day ago

Cardinals Reach Deals with Rosenthal and Siegrist for 2017

TEAM AVOIDS SALARY ARBITRATION WITH TODAY’S AGREEMENTS ST. LOUIS, Mo., January 13, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced this afternoon that they have reached agreement on one-year deals for 2017 with relievers Trevor Rosenthal and Kevin Siegrist, thus avoiding salary arbitration.   The team also reached an agreement yesterday with first baseman Matt Adams to [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
3 days ago

Cardinals sign Matt Adams to one-year deal

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals and first baseman Matt Adams agreed to a one-year, $2.8 million deal Thursday to avoid arbitration, though his role remains unclear with Matt Carpenter taking over his everyday job.Adams, who made $1.65 million last season, has been shopped this offseason but could also give St. Louis a power bat off the bench. The left-handed-hitting Adams is a career...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Adams has lost 25 pounds this offseason

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 NHL Winter Classic between the Blues and Blackhawks on Monday, shared some details about Adams’ training for St. Louis Baseball Weekly. According to Stull, Adams...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cardinals listening to offers for Matt Adams

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 2017. The #STLCards are in listening mode on Matt Adams, sources say. He's a change...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Comparing the Dexter Fowler and Adam Eaton Decisions

Last Wednesday, the Nationals solved their center field problem by trading several of their best pitching prospects to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Adam Eaton. Last Friday, the Cardinals solved their center field problem by giving a bunch of money to free agent Dexter Fowler. Before signing Fowler, the Cardinals tried to trade for Eaton. Had the Nationals not been able to...
Via Fangraphs
December 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Yankees find short-term DH with Matt Holliday signing

The New York Yankees needed someone to fill a hole in the team’s DH spot for the short term, and they appear to have found their man. A number of different outlets reported Sunday that New York has signed former St. Louis Cardinal Matt Holliday to a one-year, $13 million deal. As a team with a lot of young talent coming up, Holliday is the perfect fit. Yanks have deal with...
Via The Comeback
December 04, 2016  |  Discuss

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