Sunday, December 17, 2017

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 12-17-17: Giovanni Carrara Was Inducted Into LVBP Hall Of Fame; Eugenio Velez Collects Two Singles, One Double, One Walk, & Four RBIs; Ronny Cedeno Triples & Drives In Three Runs

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John Mozeliak On Sports On A Sunday 12-17-17

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White Sox & Diamondbacks Demonstrated Most Interest In Manny Machado

As of Saturday morning, the Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks had demonstrated the most interest in Manny Machado, according to AL sources. Some execs involved in the talks still wonder if Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos will give a final approval to a Machado deal in the face of some negative fan reaction. But a lot of Baltimore fans are sophisticated and understand that Machado won’t re-sign with the Orioles after 2018, and that swapping him gives the franchise its best chance to acquire young pitching talent.


Daisuke Matsuzaka Reaches Out To Uni-Lions In China

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Jordan Hicks, Carson Kelly, Jack Flaherty, & Luke Weaver Have Come Up In Trade Talks With Orioles

I wrote a few days ago that the Orioles liked young right-hander Jordan Hicks in trade talks with the Cardinals, and catcher Carson Kelly also has been discussed. I also should have included pitchers Jack Flaherty and Luke Weaver as additional names that have come up.

MASN Sports

Audio: Five Minutes With Marcell Ozuna

Actually Marcell Ozuna spent well over 30 minutes on a conference call with some members of the St. Louis media, but here’s five minutes of reading and audio highlights of the conversation…

STL Baseball Weekly

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Cardinals' Sense Of Urgency Is The Perfect Holiday Gift

John Mozeliak has been so busy stocking and reshaping the roster lately, he can be forgiven for being a tad behind on his Christmas shopping, so the Cardinals’ president of baseball operations made some time to shop for gifts Saturday morning.


Urgent To Reclaim A Place In October, Cardinals Open A Window This Winter

As the busiest club at the winter meetings and one of the last to leave the Walt Disney Dolphin resort late Thursday afternoon, the Cardinals appeared to have done something unusual for a club that seeks perennial contention as more than goal, but its brand.


Dodgers-Braves Trade Sets Stage For 2018 Free Agent Frenzy

It may have been nothing more than a glorified money wash, but the stunning trade Saturday between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves was much more than swapping lousy, overpriced contracts.

USA Today

Brewers Signed Yovani Gallardo To MLB Deal

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Yu Darvish On Cubs' Radar

The Cubs aren’t letting a holiday malaise or slow-moving market stop their pursuit of pitching.

CBS Chicago

Randal Grichuk On Cat Chat 12-16-17

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Max Scherzer's Goal: 'Get Better Ever Single Year'

Max Scherzer just won his third Cy Young Award last month -- and his second in the National League with the Nats -- so what has his offseason been like?

Washington Official Site

Dodgers Plan To Trade Matt Kemp

Joel Sherman Twitter

Braves Traded Matt Kemp To Dodgers For Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir, & Others

Mark Bowman Twitter

Six Teams Interested In Wade LeBlanc

Jerry Crasnick Twitter

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 12-16-17: Amaury Cazana Participates In Home Run Derby & Was Named MVP In Naxon Zapata 2017 All-Star Game; Anthony Garcia Singles, Homers, & Drives In Four Runs; Cesar Valera Singles, Walks, & Hits A Solo Home Run

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Luke Gregerson's Contract Breakdown With Cardinals

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Pirates Wants Gleyber Torres From Yankees Involved In Trade For Gerrit Cole

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Yankees Re-Signed CC Sabathia To One-Year/$10M Deal

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Cardinals Could Get Involved With Mike Moustakas

Mike Moustakas, 3B, free agent — There aren’t many options for Moustakas at the moment. The Angels have backed off in their interest for the Southern California native. The Giants may look to Moustakas if they strike out on other options, including J.D. Martinez. The Cardinals could also get involved. The Yankees need a third baseman, but they don’t appear to want to spend in this direction.

Boston Globe

How Kent Mercker Became Leader Of Cardinals Rotation

When the Cardinals signed free agent Kent Mercker, they figured him as a candidate for the back end of their starting rotation in 1998. What they didn’t project is that he would be their top winner and most prolific starter.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Marcell Ozuna & Carlos Martinez Should Make Quite A Pair

Marcell Ozuna and Carlos Martinez were dressed impeccably and confidently, appearing as stars of their sport.


Marcell Ozuna Checks In With St. Louis

If the Cardinals have invigorated the middle of their lineup as they imagine with the addition of Marcell Ozuna and possible relocation of Dexter Fowler, then they will have also turned a home run king into a soothsayer.


St. Mary's Second-Grader takes Matt Carpenter Back To School After Winning Contest

Second-grader Jocelyn Thomas, 8, of Florissant, takes Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter to school after winning the "Take Matt to School Sweepstakes," sponsored by Academy Sports.


Orioles Interested In Jordan Hicks & Carson Kelly Could Also Be Included In Potential Manny Machado Trade

I’ve been told that it’s “highly unlikely” that the Orioles do anything with Manny Machado tonight or later this weekend besides continuing to check on trade offers, though the situation is fluid and everything can change with a single phone call.

MASN Sports

Impact Of Stephen Piscotty Trade Goes Beyond Foul Lines

For weeks, Gretchen Piscotty had been toting around a bag stuffed with the necessary apparel: a few Cardinals T-shirts and a jersey proudly displaying the family name.
St. Louis Official Site

Compared to your average 26-year-old, Stephen Piscotty is a social media recluse.

J.D. Martinez Wants To Sign As Outfielder Not Designated Hitter

If the Red Sox want to sign J.D. Martinez, it sounds as if they are going to have outbid the field by a large margin.

Boston Herald

Yankees, Pirates Still Discussing Gerrit Cole

Jon Heyman Twitter

Marlins Signed Rafael Ortega To Minors Deal

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Stephen Piscotty On The Midday Grind 12-15-17

Inside STL

Athletics Signed Zack Cozart For Three-Years/$38M

Ken Rosenthal Twitter

How The Five Main Manny Machado Seekers Stack Up

Manny Machado, sources said, was told early in the week not to go too far from the phone. That was one of many signs the Baltimore Orioles are deadly serious about their intention to try to trade their infield superstar.


Phillies Signed Carlos Santana For Three-Years/$60M

Jon Heyman Twitter

Fate & Friendship: Maybe It Was Destiny For Marcel Ozuna To Become A Cardinal

Before we talk about why Marcel Ozuna was meant to be a Cardinal, at least if you believe in things like this, we must return to the beginning of a tragic, painful and frustrating odyssey.

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Marcell Ozuna Says It's 'Like A Blessing' To Join Cardinals

Marcell Ozuna's message to Cardinals fans: “I'm going to give them a reason to smile.”

They had laughed about the possibility before, with Yadier Molina and Carlos Martinez telling Marcell Ozuna that they were going to find a way to get him to St. Louis.
St. Louis Official Site

New St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna told media Friday he was anxious when he heard his name mentioned in so many trade rumors this off-season, but he is excited to join a winning organization.

Marcell Ozuna knows if he accomplishes one goal next season with the Cardinals, everything else should fall into place.
STL Sports Page

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 12-15-17: Yairo Munoz Hit .133 With One RBI & Two Walks In Five Games Played In LIDOM; Rafael Ortega Collects Two Singles & Two RBIs; Maikel Cleto Strikes Out Two Over One Scoreless Inning

Cardinals Winter League

Chris Maloney Named Double-A Mississippi Manager

In conjunction with the Atlanta Braves, the Mississippi Braves announced its 2018 field staff earlier today. Jackson, MS native Chris Maloney was named manager of the Double-A Braves for the upcoming season.

MS News Now

Audio: Appreciation Of Support From Stephen Piscotty

In what he’s described as a “bittersweet” last couple of days, hearing himself introduced as “former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder” brought a small chuckle from Stephen Piscotty.

STL Baseball Weekly

Twins Signed James Ramsey To Minors Deal

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Astros Signed Hector Rondon To Two-Year Deal

Chris Cotillo Twitter

Cardinals Getting The Attention Of NL Central Foes With Aggressive Offseason

What a difference a few days can make for anxious St. Louis Cardinals fans.

Cheap Seats

Yadier Molina Hopes To Catch Buyer For His Florida Mansion

Are you ready to catch a magnificent manse? Catcher Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals is selling his massive Florida estate for $13.85 million.

SF Gate

The Rays' Trade Silence Likely A Short-Lived Phenomenon

There were a lot of reasons the Rays didn’t start the process of trading some of their bigger-name, higher-paid players at last week’s winter meetings.

Tampa Bay Times

Nationals Believe Bryce Harper Will Test Free Agent Market After 2018 Season

Bob Nightengale Twitter

Indians Signed Melvin Upton, Jr To Minors Deal

Ken Rosenthal Twitter

Tommy Cruz Leaving Chinatrust For Fubon

CPBL Stats Twitter

Chunichi Signed Alex Guerrero For Two-Years/$7.1M

The Yomiuri Giants have acquired infielder Alex Guerrero, who led the Central League in home runs this past season, the club announced Friday.

Japan Times

Weighing The Risk Of Cardinals' Potential Manny Machado Pursuit

Though the Cardinals have already made one trade to bolster the lineup this winter, speculation on another move for a transformative talent has begun to swirl.


Softbank Pulls Out Of Alex Guerrero Talks Due To Alfredo Despaigne

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Audio: Matt "Santa" Carpenter Excited By Trade

Like most of Cardinals Nation, Matt Carpenter is excited about Marcell Ozuna being acquired in a trade with Miami.

STL Baseball Weekly

Cardinals Take Advantage Of Rule 5 Draft Loophole; John Mozeliak Lauds Rotation; Fitness Club Anchors Expansion

The Rule 5 reversed for the Cardinals on Thursday.

The Cardinals remain “bullish” internally about how their rotation will perform despite the departure of two innings monsters, Lance Lynn (free agency) and Mike Leake (last fall’s trade), and the possibility rookie Alex Reyes will open his season in the bullpen after missing April.

Cardinals Finish Trades For Marcell Ozuna, Stephen Piscotty

The sunny weeks of spring training are set up to be an ideal time for a front office executive, especially one with some scout’s mileage like John Mozeliak, to watch games and spy a future middle-order hitter that a lineup could be built around.