Saturday, November 18, 2017

This Offseason Is Do Or Die For Cardinals' Identity

If you look closely, the birds on the bat have their wings clipped.

Post-Dispatch

Cardinals Search For 'Star Power' That Could Guide Return To Postseason

With a vested — and invested — interest in upselling teams on all the added benefits of offense, agent Scott Boras, who reps a handful of free-agent hitters this winter, arrived at last week’s GM meetings with a metaphorical map, one he said would lead teams out of the wilderness and into “Playoffville.”

Post-Dispatch

As Rays Start Dealing, How Far Will They Go?

After collecting intelligence at last week’s GM meetings, the Rays soon will launch their offseason mission of trading at least a couple of veterans to reduce payroll.

Tampa Bay Times

Orioles Interested In Lance Lynn

Jon Morosi Twitter

The Orioles finished last in the American League East this season, but they're planning to compete -- not rebuild -- in 2018.
MLB Officiasl Site

Rays Willing To Trade Alex Colome?

The St. Louis Cardinals are in major need of a power arm for 2018, with rumors of Alex Colome filling that very void.

Redbird Rants

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 11-18-17: Rafael Ortega Singles, Triples, & Drives In Three Runs; Rangel Ravelo Walks & Knocks In One Run; Yariel Gonzalez Collects One RBI

Cardinals Winter League

Jacoby Ellsbury Costly In Many Ways If Yankees Can't Move Him

Brian Cashman has a $68 million problem on his hands, and his name is Jacoby Ellsbury.

FanRags

Friday, November 17, 2017

Orioles Interested In Alex Cobb

Jon Morosi Twitter

Rocco Baldelli New Title Of Major-League Field Coordinator

The Rays completed the new look of their coaching staff by giving Rocco Baldelli a newly created title — major-league field coordinator.

Tampa Bay Times

Here's How You Sell St. Louis To Giancarlo Stanton

Please don't take this too seriously. In a sea of Stanton rumors, I wanted to introduce something light and fun. Something different.

KSDK

Adrian Beltre Wins Personality Of Year In MLB Awards

The baseball world saw on July 30 why Adrian Beltre has been selected as the Personality of the Year in the Esurance MLB Awards.

Texas Official Site

After MVP Year, Giancarlo Stanton's Future Unsettled

Giancarlo Stanton claimed a big offseason prize on Thursday night, being named National League Most Valuable Player. It was the latest in a long list of awards the All-Star right fielder has received for his remarkable 2017 season.

Miami Official Site

A Player The Cardinals Should Avoid

The St. Louis Cardinals have been attached to almost every bat available since free agency began, but one name sticks out as an avoid-at-all-cost.

Redbird Rants

Video: Pros & Cons Of Giancarlo Stanton For The Cardinals

Fox Sports Twitter

If Winning Is Giancarlo Stanton's Top Priority, He Can't Prematurely Dismiss Cardinals

The big fish finally talked.

BenFred

Giants Make Trade Proposal For Giancarlo Stanton, Other Teams Also In The Mix

The trade offers are starting to roll in for National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton.

The Athletic

'It's A Two-Team Race': Bob Nightengale Says Cardinals Stand A Giancarlo Stanton Chance

Not surprised by lack of trades, Nightengale expects teams to begin making deals over the next couple of weeks heading into the Winter Meetings which begin on December 10.

KSDK

Carlos Beltran Reaps His Fruits Produced By His Baseball Academy

While the eyes of a handful of Major League scouts were placed on several young prospects, Carlos Beltrán stepped on the grounds of Rafael "Fello" Marrero Park to observe the progress of the pupils who attend the baseball academy he established in 2011.  (Translated)

Primera Hora

Group Of Minor Leaguers Receive PED Suspensions

A string of minor league players have been busted by the league’s drug testing system with Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Carlos Pimentel receiving a 56-game suspension due to a positive test for Stanozolol. A trio of Toronto Blue Jays prospects — infielder Hugo Cardona, Yhon Perez and Leonicio Ventura — have all received 72-game bans for positive tests for Boldenone.

Fan Rags

Cardinals Released Jordan DeLorenzo

NY Penn League News Twitter

Does Corey Dickerson Make Sense?

The St. Louis Cardinals have been linked to the Tampa Bay Rays and their closer. Would Corey Dickerson make sense in that package?

Redbird Rants

Hello, It's The Cardinals Calling...

At this point, the Cardinals should call about Mike Trout. Bryce Harper.

KMOX

Tough Decisions Loom As Rule 5 Deadline Nears

Another round of roster decisions looms for the Cardinals, who have until 7 p.m. CT on Monday to protect eligible players from the Rule 5 Draft by placing them on their 40-man roster.

St. Louis Official Site

Video: John Mozeliak 'We Have A Deep System'

Fox Sports Midwest Twitter

Video: John Mozeliak - Cardinals Still Figuring Out What To Do With Dexter Fowler

Will Dexter Fowler bat leadoff? Will he even play center field? Says president of baseball operations John Mozeliak: "Depending on what we end up doing this offseason as far as acquisitions will really dictate where he hits."

Fox Sports Midwest

Rick Hummel On The Press Box 11-17-17

Inside STL

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 11-17-17: Audry Perez Singles, Doubles, & Drives In Three Runs; Rafael Ortega Singles & Knocks In Two Runs; Carlos Beltran's Retirement

Cardinals Winter League

Shouldn't The Cardinals At Least Consider A Run At Manny Machado?

Although we’re not hearing his name much so far this winter, I hope the St. Louis Cardinals have at least checked in on Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado.

Cheap Seats

A Free Agent Possibility: Carlos Gonzalez

Could the Cardinals sign the aging outfielder?

Viva El Birdos

Cardinals One Of Four Sensible Outcomes For A Giancarlo Stanton Trade

Parting with two of the organization's top prospects would sting, but St. Louis desperately needs the big bat in its lineup.

KSDK

2017 NPB Best Nine Awards

Yakyubaka

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Max Scherzer Credits College Ball At Missouri For Staying Power; Extra Pick At 39

At a ballpark in Nebraska, way back in 2005, a year before he was a first-rounder and 12 before he won his third Cy Young Award, Max Scherzer finished the seventh inning of a tense college game and told his coach he was spent.

Post-Dispatch

Giancarlo Stanton Sees Future As 'Pretty Wide Open'

Giancarlo Stanton, a narrow winner Thursday of the National League Most Valuable Player award over Cincinnati’s Joey Votto, is in the midst of a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins, with $295 million and 10 years of it remaining. He has a no-trade clause but he seems eminently interested in waiving it as the Cardinals and a small number of other clubs are seeking to trade for him.

Post-Dispatch

Another Home Run By Carlos Beltran

For Carlos Beltrán, the time to connect home runs in the Major Leagues ended. However, it will continue to accumulate hits in Puerto Rico.  (Translated)

Primera Hora

Matt Carpenter Is Better Than Eric Hosmer

Hosmer wouldn't make the Cardinals a better team in 2018. His advantages over Carpenter just aren't that plentiful.

KSDK

'All Teams Have Plenty Of Money,' Says Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton, a narrow winner Thursday of the National League Most Valuable Player award over Cincinnati’s Joey Votto, is in the midst of a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins, with $295 million and 10 years of it remaining. He has a no-trade clause but he seems eminently interested in waiving it as the Cardinals and a small number of other clubs are seeking to trade for him.

Cardinals Beat

Length Of Jake Arrieta Deal Should Concern Cubs More Than Annual Cost

Put in terms Scott Boras might appreciate, the bombastic baseball agent is the neighbor’s car alarm that won’t stop blaring, the zit on baseball’s forehead making everyone stare, the pothole you can’t avoid on the way to work.

Chicago Tribune

Video: John Mozeliak On Cardinals' Offseason Priorities

Fox Sports Midwest Twitter

Pirates Signed Todd Cunningham To Minors Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed outfielder Todd Cunningham as a minor league free agent. The 28-year-old split the season between the Los Angeles Dodgers and St Louis Cardinals, spending the entire season in Triple-A, where he hit .284/.404/.414 in 96 games.

Pirates Prospects

Giancarlo Stanton Wins 2017 NL MVP, Tommy Pham Finishes 11th

The Cardinals’ biggest offseason target has added some hardware to his trophy case.

KMOV

Blue Jays Bring Back Deck McGuire

The Blue Jays brought back a familiar face on Thursday afternoon by signing former first-round pick Deck McGuire to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training.

Toronto Official Site

Carlos Beltran Wants To Enter Cooperstown With Puerto Rico Cap

Carlos Beltrán hit four corners when asked which cap he would like to enter the Hall of Fame in case he eventually has that opportunity.  (Translated)

Primera Hora

Alex Cobb Declines Qualifying Offer, Hits Free Agency

Alex Cobb has turned down the Rays' one-year qualifying offer of $17.4 million for the 2018 season, making the right-hander free to sign with another team as a free agent.

Tampa Bay Official Site

Carlos Santana Declines Indians' Qualifying Offer

Carlos Santana took the expected step of declining the Indians' one-year qualifying offer on Thursday, but that does not end Cleveland's bid to keep its free-agent first baseman. Santana simply made it clear that he will continue to weigh his options, which still very much include the Tribe.

Cleveland Official Site

Memphis Ownership Group Named Ballpark Digest Organization Of The Year

Ballpark Digest has named Trinity Sports Holdings, the Memphis Redbirds ownership group, as their 2017 Organization of the Year.

Memphis Official Site

Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, & Lorenzo Cain Turn Down Qualifying Offers From Royals

The free-agent trio of Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain did not accept qualifying offers from the Royals, leaving them free to sign with any team they choose. It does not, however, rule out a return to the Royals.

Kansas City Official Site

Lance Lynn Rejects Qualifying Offer, Become Free Agent

As expected, right-handed starter Lance Lynn declined the qualifying offer the Cardinals made last week and will continue to explore his options as a first-time free agent.

St. Louis Official Site

Cardinals Receive Competitive Balance Pick #39 In 2018 MLB Draft

With the conclusion of the 2017 regular season, the preliminary order for the 2018 Draft took some shape, thanks to the reverse order of the standings. The Tigers and Giants finished tied with the worst record in the Major Leagues last season, but Detroit was awarded the No. 1 pick in the 2018 Draft by virtue of having a lower winning percentage in 2016.

St. Louis Official Site

Jake Arrieta, Wade Davis Decline Cubs' Qualifying Offers

As expected, Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis both rejected the Cubs' qualifying offers on Thursday, although the team was expected to stay in contact with both pitchers' agents about a possible return.

Chicago-N Official Site

Rob Manfred: MLB Pace Changes Will Happen With Or Without Union

"My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players, but if we can't get an agreement we are going to have rule changes in 2018 one way or the other," baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday after a quarterly owners' meeting.

KSDK

Take Your Christmas Photos With Louie

The Springfield Cardinals and Louie are getting in the holiday spirit by inviting all fans to Hammons Field for a special opportunity to take family Christmas photos in the Cardinals Clubhouse. The event is free to attend for kids and families of all ages and will take place next Monday, Nov. 20, and Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 12-6 pm and Wednesday, Nov. 22, from 9 am-4 pm.

Springfield Official Site

Eric Hosmer, Potential Cardinal: Perception Vs. Reality

Let’s take a break from Giancarlo Stanton Mania to inspect alternative BIG BAT candidates for your St. Louis Cardinals.

101 ESPN

Julio Pablo Martinez Has Showcase Set For December 8th In Dominican Republic

Julio Pablo Martínez lost count of the times he was proposed to escape from Cuba. But something inside told him that it was not the time yet. That would come some time later in Canada, accompanied by a great disappointment: that of not having gone to the World Classic.  (Translated)

El Nuevo Herald

Cardinals Could Use Outfield Depth To Address Needs

Outside attention may be focused on the potential additions the Cardinals are pursuing, but the organization is also weighing what subtractions will be necessary to clear a cluttered roster.

St. Louis Official Site

Carlos Beltran Returns To His School To Offer Help

Sea cow. The commitment of Carlos Beltrán towards his compatriots who still suffer from the passage of hurricane María does not end.  (Translated)

Primera Hora

Video: John Mozeliak On Releasing Trevor Rosenthal

Fox Sports Midwest Twitter

Max Scherzer Wins His Third Cy Young. It Should Have Happened Here.

This is my annual column in which I whine about the Cardinals’ failure to sign free-agent starting pitcher Max Scherzer after the 2014 season.

101 ESPN

Bob Nightengale On The Press Box 11-16-17

Inside STL

Video: John Mozeliak Discusses Advance Metrics

Fox Sports Midwest Twitter

Cardinals Museum To Debut Special Exhibit Examining Goodwill Tours To Japan

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum will open its new special exhibit entitled "Goodwill through Baseball: Cardinals Across the Pacific" on Friday, November 17. The exhibit, which replaces last year's special exhibition "Women in Baseball: How They Made History", examines how the Cardinals and MLB's baseball goodwill tours across the Pacific have helped pave the way for players to join leagues in the United States and Japan.

St. Louis Official Site

Top 2018 International Prospects At MLB Showcase: Shortstops

Several of the top 2018 Dominican prospects who will be eligible to sign next year on July 2 participated in Major League Baseball’s Dominican national showcase on Nov. 1-2.

Baseball America

Clubs Asking Cardinals About Randal Grichuk; Twins Have Checked In On Wade Davis & Greg Holland; Rangers Look Into Lance Lynn

Inside Baseball from the General Manager meetings in Orlando, with notes on (nearly) all 30 MLB teams:

FanRags

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 11-16-17: Ronny Cedeno Singles Twice, Doubles, & Drives In Two Runs; Robert Stock Strikes Out Two Of Three Batters Faced For The Save; Maikel Cleto, Efren Navarro, Cedric Hunter, & Randy Arozarena Named 2017 LMP All-Stars

Cardinals Winter League

Yankees In Surprising Push For Jurickson Profar

The Yankees are still trying to make a trade or two before the Monday deadline to freeze 40-man rosters for December’s Rule 5 draft, and one player who has surprisingly caught their attention is Texas’ Jurickson Profar.

NY Post

Red Sox Showing Interest In Carlos Santana

The Boston Red Sox met Wednesday with Alan Nero, the lead agent for star free-agent first baseman Carlos Santana.

FanRags

Rays Discussing Alex Colome With Cardinals

The MLB saves leader may be heading to a new home

DRays Bay

Examining Carlos Gonzalez As A Potential Cardinals Free Agent Option

Five topics from columnist Ben Frederickson that St. Louis sports fans will be discussing:

BenFred

Scott Boras Hardly Complimentary Of New Marlins Owners

Agent Scott Boras did not have complimentary words for the new Marlins ownership team’s immediate goal to cut payroll and trade superstar outfielder Giancarlo Stanton after buying the team for $1.2 billion.

FanRags

Marlins Not Close To Trading Giancarlo Stanton But Giants Most Aggressive

Bob Nightengale Twitter

A Case For Andrew McCutchen

The longtime division rival makes sense for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Viva El Birdos

Kazuo Matsui Returning To Seibu

Kazuo Matsui, who left the Seibu Lions as a free agent after the 2003 season, will return to his first pro club next season, a source said on Thursday.

Japan Times

How Jimmy Piersall Got To Manage Cardinals Prospects

Seeking a return to professional baseball after a stint in a hospital rehabilitation facility to treat his depression, Jimmy Piersall was given a chance to manage a group of players in the Cardinals’ organization.

RetroSimba

Kotaro Kiyomiya Eager To Make Impact After Agreeing To Join Nippon Ham

High school slugger Kotaro Kiyomiya, the most sought-after player in last month’s amateur draft, agreed on Thursday to join the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, who won his negotiating rights in a seven-way draft-day lottery.

Japan Times

Jessica Beltran: "Everything Is Still The Same For Me"

If Carlos Beltrán was at first base and his wife Jessica was the coach of the initial, for a short time the player would be on that cushion.  (Translated)

Primera Hora