Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mike Shannon, Adam Wainwright, Gabe Kiley, John Rooney, Bob Costas, & Ashley Brown On The Hot Stove League 12-17-14

Mike Shannon discusses the bullpen and what we can expect from Carlos Martinez this season.


Oscar Taveras Collector Donating Auction Proceeds To Family

A long-time St. Louis Cardinals fan who was building a memorabilia collection of the team's top prospect, Oscar Taveras, has consignedthe nine items into the Goldin Auctions 2015 Winter Auction scheduled for January 12, through February 6, 2015 at The consigner, who acquired the items just days before Taveras' death, has made arrangements to donate his proceeds from the auction to Taveras' family.

Sports Collectors Daily

Shift In U.S.-Cuban Relations May Affect MLB

The re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, announced by President Barack Obama on Wednesday, could affect Cuban players currently in the Major Leagues and pave the way for an easier passage for Cuban players seeking to play in the U.S. in the future.
MLB Official Site

On Wednesday, President Obama announced the United States is taking steps to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba. The two nations have had a frozen relationship for 50 years now. CBS News has more on the story:
CBS Sports

Marlins, Braves, & Giants Interested In Jake Peavy

Ken Rosenthal Twitter

Royals Sign Edinson Volquez To Two-Years/$20M Deal

Jon Heyman Twitter

Daniel Descalso On The Home Stretch 12-17-14

Inside STL

With Future Uncertain, Cole Hamels Keeps Open Mind

Is Cole Hamels the next Phillies player to be traded?

Philadelphia Official Site

Mike Matheny To Wear No.26 As Tribute To Late Friend

The offseason number shuffle continues for the Cardinals, with manager Mike Matheny announcing on Wednesday that he will now wear No. 26 as a gesture to honor a late friend. In taking that number, closer Trevor Rosenthal had to choose another. Rosenthal, the club confirmed, will don No. 44.
St. Louis Official Site

It was within weeks of returning from the Dominican Republic and the memorial service for a player that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny attended a funeral for a friend and had a thought he couldn't shake.

Since the signing of Jason Heyward, many people have asked me what number I planned on wearing for the 2015 season. I have been very fortunate to have worn the same number for almost all of my career, and the number 22 will always have deep significance to me and the foundation Kristin and I started, the Catch 22 Foundation.

Early on Wednesday afternoon, St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny posted his new number for the 2015 season–#26. Matheny also offered the significance of choosing the number…
STL Baseball Weekly

Daniel Descalso On STL Baseball Weekly 12-17-14

Inside STL

Giants, Athletics, Mets, Cardinals, & Twins Showing Interest In Asdrubal Cabrera

Jon Heyman Twitter

Cuban Relations: Major League Reacts

It remains to be seen how Wednesday’s announcement by President Obama on improving relations with Cuba will affect Major League Baseball teams scouting of players in that country.


Braves Looking To Package Up Justin Upton &/Or Evan Gattis In Trades

Mark Bowman Twitter

Giants Considering James Shields

Ken Rosenthal Twitter

Rays Have Not Discussed Evan Longoria Or Ben Zobrist In Trade Talks

Marc Topkin Twitter

Nationals, Rays Have Not Discussed Ben Zobrist As Possible Trade Target

Joel Sherman Twitter

Cardinals Won't Retain Any Free Agents

While the Cardinals were never all that pursuant of their own free agents, the activity of the last week has all but ensured that none of the seven players to enter free agency after finishing the season in St. Louis will return. Only two -- Mark Ellis and A.J. Pierzynski -- remain unsigned, and neither has an obvious fit on the Cardinals' 2015 roster.

St. Louis Official Site

Derrick Goold On The Press Box 12-17-14

Inside STL

Gordon Beckham Searching For Everyday Job

Jeff Fletcher Twitter

Padres Believe Matt Kemp's Physical Is Fine

Bob Nightengale Twitter

Cubs Trade Justin Ruggiano To Mariners

Jon Morosi Twitter

Twins, Cardinals, Mets, Giants, & Athletics Expected To Check In On Jung-Ho Kang

Jon Heyman Twitter

Matt Kemp Rumors Of Failed Physical

Will Carroll Twitter

Cubs, Mariners Have Discussed Justin Ruggiano

Tim Brown Twitter

Jason Motte On The Morning After 12-17-14

Inside STL

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 12-17-14: C.J. Beatty Singles In Australian Baseball League All-Star Game; Jem Argenal Singles Twice & Hits A Solo Home Run; Russell Branyan Collects Two Singles, One Walk, & One RBI

Cardinals Winter League

Nationals Considering Cuban Academy

Adam Kilgore Twitter

Cuba Could Follow Same As Mexican League

Ben Badler Twitter

Kevin Siegrist Began Throwing From 60 Feet This Week

Jim Hayes Twitter

Red Sox Receiving Calls On Allen Craig

Jerry Crasnick Twitter

Marlon Byrd Has Not Been Approach About Waiving No Trade To Mariners

Jerry Crasnick Twitter

Dan Haren Proved More Durable Than Mark Mulder

Seeking a starter to replace Woody Williams in the rotation, the Cardinals used a prospect, Dan Haren, to help land an ace, Mark Mulder. In retrospect, they would have done better to keep Haren.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dodgers Shopping Brandon League

Ken Rosenthal Twitter

'Cardinals Confidential: Inside The Winter Meetings' Premieres Wednesday On Fox Sports Midwest

FOX Sports Midwest takes fans behind the scenes with Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak and his baseball operations staff in Cardinals Confidential: Inside the Winter Meetings. This 30-minute special premieres Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Midwest.

Fox Sports Midwest

Aaron Holbert Named Double-A Mississippi Manager, Robinson Cancel Named Short-Season Rookie-Level GCL Braves Manager

The Braves' Minor League system will have a familiar feel in 2015, as five of the organization's six affiliates will be led by managers who were in the system last year.

Atlanta Official Site

Pros & Cons To Putting Marco Gonzales In Cardinals Bullpen

When spring training arrives in February, the Cardinals are going to have a lot of different names to juggle as far as who to put in the bullpen. There appears to be a lot more depth on the left-handed side than usual. That may lead the front office to strongly consider putting a third lefty in the ‘pen as opposed to just two (with five righties).


Blue Jays Sign Daric Barton To Minors Deal

Ben Nicholson-Smith Twitter

The Blue Jays signed first baseman Daric Barton to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training on Tuesday afternoon.
Toronto Official Site

Jason Motte Thanks Cardinal Nation On Twitter

Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte took to Twitter to thank Cardinal Nation as he heads north to the Chicago Cubs.
Redbird Rants

A day after agreeing to a one-year contract with the rival Chicago Cubs, former Cardinals relief pitcher Jason Motte on Tuesday thanked the team and fans in a tweet.

It will be hard for Cardinals fans to root against Jason Motte -- even now that he's a Cub.
Fox Sports Midwest

Dodgers Designate Brian Wilson For An Assignment

Los Angeles Official Twitter

Jason Motte, Cubs Agree On One-Year Deal For 2015

The Cubs have yet to officially announce that they have signed Jason Motte to a one-year contract, but the pitcher confirmed that he has signed with the Cardinals' rival.

Chicago-N Official Site

Palm Beach County Okays Negotiations For Land Swap For Astros-Nationals Spring Training Site

Palm Beach County voted Tuesday to continue negotiations and potentially make an unsolicited offer to the city of West Palm Beach for a land swap that could give the Nationals and Astros the needed site for a two-team spring training facility. The county approved $108 million in public funding in October for the proposed $135 million complex but lacked a site. In the midst of the 90-day period to find a site, the county circled back to 160 acres of city-owned land that was once ruled out.

Washington Post

Rockies Sign Daniel Descalso To Two-Year Deal

Colorado Official Twitter

A complementary infielder who had exemplary moments in October for the Cardinals, Daniel Descalso didn't have to linger long in the free-agent market before being signed by a western club.

The Colorado Rockies announced on Tuesday they signed infielder Daniel Descalso to a two-year contract. Descalso became a free agent when he was non-tendered by the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this month.
STL Baseball Weekly

The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has agreed to a two-year Major League deal with infielder Daniel Descalso. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, per club policy.
Colorado Official Site

The Rockies' signing of utility infielder Daniel Descalso to a two-year, $3.6 million contract on Tuesday represents a small but potentially important departure from the roster construction of the last couple of years.
Colorado Official Site

Always The Loyal Soldier, Trevor Rosenthal Stays Quiet But Hasn't Lost His Desire To Start

Someday, Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal would like to start.

Fox Sports Midwest

Is The Cardinals' 25-Man Roster Already Set?

Every winter about this time, as the hangover from the Winter Meetings lifts and the euphoria of a week spent rumor-mongering and trade-conjuring fades, a bit of reality sets in, or should. Those aren’t the only four days of the winter when teams can make moves.

Bird Land

White Sox Sign Brad Penny To Minors Deal With Spring Invite

Chris Cotillo Twitter

Brad Penny is back in baseball. The veteran right-hander has agreed to a Minor League contract with the White Sox, according to multiple reports. The club hasn't confirmed the agreement.
Chicago-A Official Site

Yankees Absolutely Not In On Max Scherzer

Andrew Marchand Twitter

Mets Unlikely To Bid On Jung-Ho Kang

Adam Rubin Twitter

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 12-16-14: Nick Greenwood To Begin Pitching In Dominican League; Nick Additon Named Dominican League Pitcher Of The Week; Russell Branyan Walks & Hits A Solo Home Run

Cardinals Winter League

Chris Capuano Close To Signing, But Not In Japan

Jerry Crasnick Twitter

Marlins Sign Michael Morse To Two-Year Deal

Barry Jackson Twitter

Monday, December 15, 2014

Joe Sheehan On Sports Open Line 12-15-14


Brad Penny's Choices Down To Three Teams, Decide Late In Week

Chris Cotillo Twitter

Royals Sign Alex Rios To One-Year/$11M Deal

Jon Heyman Twitter

Does Dan McLaughlin Buy Into The Cubs' Hype?

Does Dan McLaughlin buy into the Cubs' hype? The Cardinals broadcaster tells The Fast Lane.

101 ESPN

Cubs Sign Jason Motte To One-Year Deal

Bruce Levine Twitter

A catcher when the Cardinals drafted him and a closer when the Cardinals needed him, Jason Motte is the latest to join the refurbishment on the North Side as he agreed to a deal with the Chicago Cubs, according to reports out of Chicago.

According to a report, former Cardinals closer Jason Motte has signed a one year contract with the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs have an agreement on a one-year deal with free-agent pitcher Jason Motte, pending a physical.
Chicago-N Official Site

St. Louis Cardinals fans will get to see a lot of Jason Motte in 2015–it just won’t be with the birds on the bat. According to WSCR’s Bruce Levine, the reliever has agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs worth $4.5 million plus incentives that could raise the value to $7 million.
STL Baseball Weekly

Cubs Not Signing Colby Rasmus

Patrick Mooney Twitter

Cardinals Sign Alberto Rosario To Minors Deal

Jrocke217 Twitter

Dodgers Sign Brett Anderson To One-Year/$10M Deal

Buster Olney Twitter

Red Sox Mourn Passing Of Longtime Scout Bill Enos

Bill Enos, the longtime Red Sox scout whose career extended through parts of eight decades in professional baseball as a player, manager, scout and consultant, passed away due to complications from pneumonia at the age of 94.

Boston Official SIte

Athletics Made Run At Chase Headley

Ken Rosenthal Twitter

Astros Sign Jed Lowrie To Three-Year/$23M Deal

Evan Drellich Twitter

Braves Feeling Out The Market For Justin Upton

Though some anxious fans might have been disappointed when the Winter Meetings concluded last week without the completion of a trade involving Justin Upton, the Braves are still talking to a handful of clubs that are interested in the right-handed slugger.

Atlanta Official Site

Streaking Breyvic Valera Highlights Week In Winter Ball

As Major League Baseball's annual Winter Meetings stoked the Hot Stove last week, winter ball action continued throughout Latin America. As usual, several top prospects took center stage.

St. Louis Official Site

Lake Erie Signs Jose Rada For 2015 Season

Frontier League Official Twitter

Yankees Re-Signed Jose Campos To Minors Deal

Matt Eddy Twitter

Mark Reynolds On The Press Box 12-15-14

Inside STL

Mike Matheny's Ability To Habla En Espanol Has Helped In A Troubled Cardinals Offseason

Mike Matheny appeared to be finished with his half-hour media session at the Winter Meetings in San Diego when one final microphone was placed on the table and someone asked two more questions.

Fox Sports Midwest

Rangers Sign Kyle Banks To Split Contract

Chris Cotillo Twitter

Will The Cuban Market Correct?

The largest signing bonus ever awarded to a Cuban player was just handed to Yasmany Tomas by the Arizona Diamondbacks. There are serious doubts about his game. Is the market for Cuban players out of control?

Fox Sports

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 12-15-14: David Peralta & Amaury Cazana Each Single, Homer, & Drive In Three Runs; Jose Garcia Collects Two Singles, Two Doubles, One Walk, & Two RBIs; Eliezer Alfonso Singles & Hits A Solo Home Run

Cardinals Winter League

Marlins May Consider Trading Dan Haren If He Plans To Retire

Ken Rosenthal Twitter

Oliver Marmol Finds Calling Bringing Game To Foreign Land

The biggest game of Oliver Marmol's season came not in front of the 3,000 folks packed into Tri-City's Joseph L. Bruno Stadium for the short-season Class A New York-Penn League title game in early September, but rather on an unkempt lot in the high-poverty Nicaraguan town of Cristo Rey just a little more than two months later. Gone were the bright lights and the pursuit of a trophy, all that glitz exchanged for the acrid odor of surrounding sewage and a gesture that signified hope.

St. Louis Official Site

Yankees Sign Chase Headley To Four-Year Deal

Ken Rosenthal Twitter

Today's Video: Cardinal Stadium Demolition

Today’s sad video: the demolition of Cardinal Stadium, former home of the Louisville Redbirds (Class AAA; American Association).

Ballpark Digest

Blue Jays, Padres, & Hanshin Finalists For Takashi Toritani

It appears as though Scott Boras wasn’t simply pumping smoke toward the Toronto Blue Jays fan base when he mentioned at the Winter Meetings last week that Toronto had interest in Japanese shortstop Takashi Toritani. According to new reports out of Japan, the Blue Jays are one of three teams that are seen as finalists for Toritani.

Jays Journal

With Mechanic Tweaks, Justin Masterson Expects To Be A Starter

In coming to back Boston, Justin Masterson has a clear goal in mind and expects to bounce back from his career-worst year.

Over The Monster

How Johnny Mize Almost Never Played For Cardinals

Before Johnny Mize played a game for the Cardinals, they gave up on him and gave him away to the Reds.


Nexen Post Jung-Ho Kang

The Korea Baseball Organization announced on Monday the Nexen Heroes have posted their power-hitting shortstop Kang Jung-ho.

Korea Joongang Daily

Yankees Unlikely To Sign Max Scherzer, Brian Cashman Says

Max Scherzer might be too expensive for the Yankees, after all.

NJ Advance Media