Saturday, February 24, 2018

Video: Jose Martinez "For Me, Baseball Is My Life"

St. Louis Official Twitter

Reds Signed Oliver Perez To Minors Deal With MLB Spring Invite

Cincinnati Official Twitter

Jay Bruce Dealing With Sore Heel

Mike Puma Twitter

J.D. Martinez's Immediate Readiness To Play Not In Question; Medical Experts Involved

J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox are indeed sorting through a medical matter, but one that a baseball source with knowledge of the situation said would not have any effect on Martinez in the immediate future. It's unclear what the specific issue is, but a better understanding between the parties could come as early as Saturday.

NBC Sports

Video: Alex Reyes Mixing In More Breaking Pitches In Latest Bullpen

Joe Trezza Twitter

Cardinals Spring Training Starting Lineup 2-24-18: Alex Reyes Continues Throwing; Matt Carpenter Somewhat Better

St. Louis Official Twitter

Cardinal Beat

Pirates Signed Kevin Siegrist To Minors Deal With MLB Spring Invite

Pittsburgh Official Twitter

Friday, February 23, 2018

After Comebacker, Daniel Poncedeleon Ready To Pitch

The sound sent the stadium silent, and Daniel Poncedeleon to the ground. Bat to ball, then ball to bone, the stuff of baseball nightmares.

St. Louis Official Site

Three Young Cardinals Stand Out Against Marlins

The loudest statement, by far, was St. Louisan Scott Van Slyle’s two-homer, five RBI performance for the Miami Marlins, who beat the Cardinals 6-4 in the baseball exhibition opener Friday. But there were some intriguing talking points created by several young players from the Cardinals’ side.

Post-Dispatch

Emotional Opener As Students From Florida Tragedy Attend

The Cardinals fan, standing outside the ballpark before Friday’s game, told the story of the massacre at his son’s school.

Hochman

Former Cardinals Draft Selections Playing In College 2-23-18: Joe Gillete Hits Two Home Runs & Drives In Five Runs; Adam Kerner Doubles, Walks, & Scores Two Runs; Jeremy Ydens Singles, Doubles, & Walks



Kep Brown (former 2015 draft selection-UNC Wilmington) started in right field and batted fourth.  1-for-3 with one walk and one strikeout.

UNC Wilmington beat Appalachian St. 2-0

Joe Gillette (former 2014 draft selection-Menlo College) started at third base and batted third.  2-for-4 with two home runs, five RBIs, two runs, and one strikeout.

Westmont beat Menlo College 8-7

Cadyn Grenier (former 2015 draft selection-Oregon St) started at shortstop and batted second.  0-for-5 with one run and one strikeout.

Oregon St. beat Ohio St. 10-8

Tristan Hildebrandt (former 2014 draft selection-Hope International) started at shortstop and batted fifth.  0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

San Diego Christian beat Hope International 3-0

Adam Kerner (former 2017 draft selection-San Diego) started at catcher and batted eighth.  1-for-2 with one double, two runs, one walk, one stolen base, and one strikeout.

San Diego beat Michigan 5-1

Shane McCarthy (former 2017 draft selection-Seton Hall) started and pitched four innings.  He allowed five hits, six runs (four earned), two walks, hit one batter, threw one wild pitch, and struck one out for the losing decision (0-2).

USC Upstate beat Seton Hall 12-1

Jeremy Ydens (former 2016 draft selection-UCLA) started in right field and moved to left, batting second.  2-for-4 with one double, run, one walk, one strikeout, and one caught stealing.

UCLA beat Baylor 5-2

Lamigo Invites Johnny Celis To Spring Camp

Asian Leaders Twitter

Video: Cardinals Honor Dean Family

St. Louis Official Twitter

Peter Bourjos Eager To Fulfill Long Shot Dream With Cubs

Peter Bourjos’ interest in the Cubs ran deeper than his Chicago roots.

Chicago Tribune

Ryan Braun Looking Good Taking Reps At First Base

Early returns on Ryan Braun's work at first base have been positive, said Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who plans to give Braun a few more practice days before slotting him into a Cactus League game next week.

Milwaukee Official Site

Twins Signed Erick Aybar To Minors Deal With MLB Spring Invite

The Twins have agreed to sign veteran infielder Erick Aybar to minor league contract with an invite to major league spring training, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.

Star Tribune

Miguel Cabrera Looking Forward, Focused On Swing

A few scattered boos among the packed crowd at George M. Steinbrenner Field was the one reminder of what happened the last time Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers faced the Yankees.

Tampa Bay Official Site

Video: Mike Matheny Briefly Describes What Today's Game Was Like For Marcell Ozuna

St. Louis Official Twitter

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Spring Training 2-23-18: Colin Walsh Hits A Three-Run Homer; Anthony Garcia Singles & Drives In Two Runs; Jeremy Hazelbaker Hits A Solo Home Run



Chad Huffman (former St. Louis-Detroit) started in left field and batted fourth.  1-for-2 with one two-out RBI and one strikeout.
Brayan Pena (former St. Louis-Detroit) entered late in the game at catcher and batted sixth.  0-for-2 at the plate.
Pete Kozma (former St. Louis-Detroit) entered late in the game at shortstop and batted ninth.  0-for-1 with one walk.

New York-A beat Detroit 3-1

Magneuris Sierra (former St. Louis-Miami) started in right field and batted leadoff.  0-for-2 with one strikeout.
Jonathan Rodriguez (former Memphis-Miami) entered late in the game at first base and batted fifth.  1-for-2 with one double, one run, one strikeout, and assisted in one double play.

Miami beat St. Louis 6-4

Matt Adams (former St. Louis-Washington) started at first base and batted third.  0-for-2 and assisted in one double play.

Houston beat Washington 3-2

Ruben Tejada (former St. Louis-Baltimore) entered late in the game at shortstop and batted leadoff.  1-for-2 at the plate.

Tampa Bay beat Baltimore 6-3

James Ramsey (former Memphis-Minnesota) entered late in the game in right field and batted third.  0-for-2 with one ground into double play.

Boston beat Minnesota 4-3

Todd Cunningham (former Memphis-Pittsburgh) started in centerfield and batted sixth.  0-for-1 with one run and one walk.

Tampa Bay beat Pittsburgh 6-3

Randal Grichuk (former St. Louis-Toronto) started in right field and batted third.  1-for-1 with one run and one walk.
Aledmys Diaz (former St. Louis-Toronto) started at shortstop and batted fifth.  1-for-2 with one RBI, one strikeout, and assisted in one double play.

Toronto beat Philadelphia 2-1

Sam Freeman (former St. Louis-Atlanta) entered in the fourth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (g/f:1-1)
Miguel Socolovich (former St. Louis-Atlanta) entered in the eighth and pitched to nine batters.  He allowed three hits, six earned runs, three walks, and hit one batter for the blown save (1) and losing decision (0-1).  (g/f:2-0)

Ty Kelly (former Memphis-New York-N) entered late in the game in left field and batted ninth.  0-for-1 with one walk.

New York-N beat Atlanta 6-2

Efren Navarro (former Memphis-Chicago-N) started at first base and batted fifth.  0-for-2 and assisted in one double play.
Ian Rice (former 2012 draft selection-Chicago-N) entered late in the game as designated hitter and batted eighth.  0-for-1 with one strikeout.

Milwaukee beat Chicago-N 2-1

Charlie Tilson (former Memphis-Chicago-A) entered late in the game in centerfield and batted ninth.  1-for-2 at the plate.

Donovan Solano (former Memphis-Los Angeles) entered late in the game at shortstop and batted ninth.  1-for-1 with one double, one RBI, and assisted in one double play.

Los Angeles beat Chicago-A 13-5

Colin Walsh (former Springfield-Anaheim) entered late in the game at third base and batted sixth.  1-for-2 with one home run, three RBIs, and one run.

Stephen Piscotty (former St. Louis-Oakland) started in right field and batted fifth.  0-for-2 and one outfield assist.
Anthony Garcia (former Memphis-Oakland) entered late in the game in right field and batted fifth.  1-for-3 with two RBIs.

Oakland beat Anaheim 9-8

Jeremy Hazelbaker (former St. Louis-Arizona) started in centrerfield and batted leadoff.  1-for-3 with one home run, one two-out RBI, and one run.
Kevin Medrano (former 2011 draft selection-Arizona) entered late in the game at second base and batted ninth.  2-for-2 with one double, one walk, and one stolen base.
Ildemaro Vargas (former Springfield-Arizona) started at third base and batted ninth.  0-for 2 with one ground into double play.
Fernando Salas (former St. Louis-Arizona) entered in the fourth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs.

Adam Ottavino (former St. Louis-Colorado) entered in the fifth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out for the hold (1).  (p-s:10-7)(g./f:1-1)

Arizona beat Colorado 7-6

Allen Craig (former St. Louis-San Diego) started at first base and batted fifth.  0-for-1 with one hit by pitch and assisted in one double play.

Seattle beat San Diego 3-2

Matt Carpenter's Return Uncertain As Cardinals Move Into Exhibition Games; Pitching Plans; Oscar Mercado Shines

Cardinal fans looking to see Matt Carpenter this spring will have to be patient.

KMOV

Francisco Rodriguez Begins Roster Bid In Spring Opener

Francisco Rodriguez drove himself to Dunedin Stadium on Friday, but he had trouble finding the entrance to the parking lot.

Philadelphia Official Site

Delay In J.D. Martinez's Introduction Suggests Complication In Medical Review

They’re leaving us to speculate now.

NBC Sports

In Menagerie Of Nicknames, Carlos Martinez Has Earned 'Bull'

The message was taped to Carlos Martinez’s locker in the Cardinals’ clubhouse and it didn’t contain a single word.

Bird Land

Jack Flaherty Showcases New Fastball Movement, Shines In Spring Opener

As far as starting things off on the right foot, Jack Flaherty couldn’t have done much better.

KMOV

Rogelio Armenteros Brings Heat In Spring Opener

His reputation of being a strikeout machine showed early for Astros prospect Rogelio Armenteros when he struck out the first two batters he faced in Friday's 3-2 win over the Nationals in the Grapefruit League opener at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Houston Official Site

Video: Oscar Mercado On His First Day At The Office

St. Louis Official Twitter

Casey Stern Says Cardinals Fans Deserve Better From Team Ownership

Your St. Louis Cardinals have money. Plenty of it, actually. Certainly enough to throw around and improve their roster if they saw fit.

101 ESPN

Jurickson Profar Eager To Impress Rangers This Spring

Elvis Andrus will not be making the trip to Mesa on Saturday, when the Rangers open their Cactus League schedule against the Cubs.

Texas Official Site

Royals Signed Michael Saunders To Minors Deal

Kansas City Official Twitter

Cardinals Honor Stoneman Douglas Victims; No Timetable For Matt Carpenter; Adam Wainwright May Start Next Week; Brett Cecil Getting Closer; Who Goes On The Road?

They stood in silence for 17 seconds, eyes closed and hands folded, more than four dozen players stretched down each foul line. Behind them, dispersed in the stands, sat members of the baseball and softball teams from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on Feb. 14.

St. Louis Official Site

Marlins Beat Cardinals 6-4: Francisco Pena & Greg Garcia Each Single & Drive In One Run; Jack Flaherty Strikes Out Two Over One Hitless/Scoreless Inning; Jordan Hicks Strikes Out Two Over One Scoreless Inning

Individual Highlights:
Kolten Wong started at second base and batted leadoff.  1-for-2 with one double and one stolen base.
Francisco Pena entered late in the game at catcher and batted third.  1-for-2 with one RBI.
Marcell Ozuna started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  0-for-2 with one RBI, one sac fly, and one strikeout.
Andrew Knizner entered late in the game as designated hitter and batted fourth.  One RBI, one walk, and one sac fly.
Luke Voit started at first base and batted fifth.  2-for-2 with one run and one walk.
Greg Garcia started at shortstop and batted seventh.  1-for-3 with one RBI.
Yairo Munoz entered late in the game at shortstop and seventh.  1-for-1 at the double.
Oscar Mercado started in right field and batted ninth.  2-for-3 with one run and one walk.
Jack Flaherty started and pitched two innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck two out.  (g/f:3-0)
John Gant entered in the third and pitched two innings.  He allowed two hits, no runs, and struck two out.  (g/f:2-2)
Josh Lucas entered in the fifth and pitched two innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out.  (g/f:1-0)
Jordan Hicks entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck two out.  (g/f:1-0)

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St. Louis Official Site Post Game
Cardinal Beat Post Game
STL Sports Page Post Game
Post-Dispatch Post Game

Billy Hamilton Eager To Prove Himself In Leadoff Spot With Reds

For the first Cactus League game of the year on Friday vs. the Indians, Reds manager Bryan Price wrote out a lineup that could closely resemble the one he'll use on Opening Day. It features center fielder Billy Hamilton at the top.

Cincinnati Official Site

Tigers Signed Francisco Liriano For One-Year/$4M

Robert Murray Twitter

Roger Dean Stadium Gets New Name In Deal

The Spring Training complex the Marlins and Cardinals have shared for two decades has a new name.

St. Louis Official Site

Here's Hoping Adam Wainwright Can Go Out With A Bang

I don’t know what the odds are of longtime St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright having a renaissance year at the age of 36 with his list of serious injuries piling up during the 12 year career.

Cheap Seats

Hello From Baseball

Tomorrow is today.

Hochman

Video: Jack Flaherty Warming Up Before Friday's Game

St. Louis Official Twitter

Forget Rule Changes, MLB Needs To Incentivize Winning & Penalize Tanking

Forget “pace of play” initiatives.

101 ESPN

Video: Yadier Molina "Every Time I Put This Jersey On..."

St. Louis Official Twitter

Yasiel Puig Out With Hip Soreness

Ken Gurnick Twitter

Stephen Piscotty Grateful For Support For ALS Fundraising Efforts

Stephen Piscotty met with reporters before the A’s first Cactus League game Friday in order to express his appreciation for all those helping to support the fight against ALS.

SF Gate

Lance Lynn Is The Ideal Fit To Round Out Nationals Rotation

Lance Lynn is the affordable, perfect fit to round out the starting rotation for the Washington Nationals.

Call To The Pen

Cardinals To Wear Stoneman Douglas Caps In First Spring Training Game

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced Cardinals players and coaches will wear the caps of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Eagles baseball team during the club's first Spring Training game against the Miami Marlins this afternoon.
St. Louis Official Site

The Cardinals will be wearing another team’s caps during their first spring training game. They will be wearing the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Eagles baseball team caps Friday afternoon.
Fox2Now

Runner-On-Second Rule In Tenth Inning Of Spring Games Is Scrapped

A proposal collapsed that would have put a runner on second base to start the 10th inning of spring training games, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Fox Sports Midwest

Miles Mikolas Scheduled To Start Sunday, Michael Wacha On Monday, & Luke Weaver On Tuesday

J.J. Bailey Twitter

Cardinals Spring Training Starting Lineup 2-23-18: Matt Carpenter & Brett Cecil Still Out

St. Louis Official Twitter

Cardinal Beat

Roller Coaster Career For Dominic Leone

Dominic Leone put himself in position to earn his first major-league win by retiring Dexter Fowler with a runner in scoring position.

RetroSimba

Randal Grichuk Enjoying New Digs

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk appears poised to benefit from a change of scenery in Toronto and is a strong candidate for a breakout season in 2018.

Jays Journal

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Cardinals In No Hurry To Label Closers

The Cardinals’ bullpen this year likely will be comprised of seven relievers at the start of the season but could have eight at any moment, if manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Mike Maddux deem the concept worthy. In camp are 14 pitchers who worked out of the Cardinals’ bullpen last year and another, lefthander Sean Gilmartin, who was with the New York Mets briefly.

Post-Dispatch

Mark McGwire's First Spring With Cardinals One To Remember

Twenty springs ago, Claude Brochu moved into a new office.

Hochman

Possibilities Aplenty For Patrick Wisdom

One step shy of the majors, one phone call away a dream, Patrick Wisdom watched, rooted in the Class AAA clubhouse this past year, as the Cardinals mined Memphis’ roster for help, and all he did was keep slugging.

Post-Dispatch

Former Cardinals Draft Selections Playing In College 2-22-18: Matt Vierling Singles Twice, Walks, Drives In One Run, & Strikes Out Two Of Three Batters Faced In Doubleheader; Cadyn Grenier Collects Three Singles, One RBI, & Scores Four Runs



Joe Gillette (former 2013 draft selection-Menlo College) has played in 17 games going 22-for-60 (.367) with three doubles, one triple, three home runs, 16 RBIs, 11 runs, 16 walks, four stolen bases, one hit by pitch, 14 strikeouts, .506 OBP, and .600 SLG.

Cadyn Grenier (former 2015 draft selection-Oregon St) started at shortstop and batted second.  3-for-5 with one RBI and four runs.

Oregon st beat Nebraska 9-1

Matt Vierling (former 2015 draft selection-Notre Dame) started at third base and moved to pitcher, batting fourth.  1-for-3 with one RBI, one run, and one walk.  Entered in the ninth and pitched to three batters allowing one hit, no runs, and struck two out.

Notre Dame beat St. Louis 7-3 

Matt Vierling (former 2015 draft selection-Notre Dame) started in centerfield and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with one walk.

Incarnate Word beat Notre Dame 5-3

Venezuelan Teens Have Major League Hopes

The public-address announcer at Estadio Quisqueya turned off the festive music.

MLB Official Site

Mike Maddux Introduces Chalk Talk, More

On the eve of the Grapefruit League getting underway, new St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Mike Maddux is quite pleased with how things have started off under his watch.

STL Baseball Weekly

David Peralta's Journey To Diamondbacks Serves As Inspiration

Many paths lead to Major League Baseball. Few understand the backroads and harsh terrain better than David Peralta.

AZ Central

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB Spring Training 2018: Chad Huffman Walks Twice & Scores Two Runs; James Ramsey Scores One Run



Tate Matheny (former 2012 draft selection-Boston) entered late in the game in centerfield and batted leadoff.  0-for-1 with one run.

Boston beat Northeastern U 15-2

Chad Huffman (former St. Louis-Detroit) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  0-for-2 with two runs and two walks.

Detroit beat Florida So. College 6-1

Eliezer Alvarez (former Springfield-Philadelphia) entered late in the game at third base and batted sixth.  0-for-2 with one strikeout and one fielding error.

Philadelphia beat U of Tampa 6-0

James Ramsey (former Memphis-Minnesota) entered late in the game in centerfield and batted leadoff.  One walk at the plate.

Minnesota beat U of Minnesota 2-1

Aaron Laffey Threw First Bullpen Session in Monclova Spring Camp

On the seventh day of training under the direction of manager Dan Firova, newcomers Aaron Laffey , Juan Ramón Noriega and Arturo Barradas developed their first bullpen session.  (Translated)

MiLB Official Site

Jim Edmonds Goes On FOX Sports Midwest's DL For Spring Training

Jim Edmonds is set to be part of the rotation of analysts on Fox Sports Midwest’s Cardinals telecasts again this season. But he won’t be handling any assignments during spring training.

Post-Dispatch

Video: Harrison Bader Loves This Time Of Year

St. Louis Official Twitter

Where To Find Cardinals' Spring Training Broadcasts

If the Cardinals are playing a spring training game in Florida over the next month, fans can bank on being able to pick up live broadcast coverage. There isn’t a day that the Redbirds are in action when a contest won’t be carried either on television, radio, online — and often a combination of them.

Media Views

Almost A Year After Frightening Injury, Daniel Poncedeleon Readies For 'Just Another Game'

When Daniel Poncedeleon, back with a baseball in his hand after a potentially life-altering injury a year ago, took the mound to face hitters for the first time this spring, he realized after a few throws that something was wrong.

Bird Land

Mike Matheny In No Rush To Designate Cardinals Closer

The Cardinals don’t really have a pitcher who qualifies as a top-drawer closer, but manager Mike Matheny said on Thursday that he would be all right with no one being designated the ninth-inning man when camp ends. And perhaps even beyond that.
Cardinal Beat

Certainty, especially in baseball, is hard to come by. From the first day of spring camp to the final pitch of the season, players, managers and front offices seek consistency and repeatability.
KMOV

Rangers Favorites To Sign Julio Pablo Martinez, Who Will Become Free Agent On March 6, 2018

Jesse Sanchez Twitter

Jordan Schafer Impressing Mike Matheny With Location

Jordan, aptly named, might just be walking on air.

Hochman

Richard Gallardo Sparks Interest Among Cubs Scouts

As every year, Major League Baseball held its International Showcase with 59 eligible players for July 2 from different regions of the Caribbean; at the Quisqueya Juan Marichal Stadium, and new criollo promises were made known to more than 250 scouts of the 30 organizations that make up the Major Leagues.  (Translated)

Lider

'I Wasn't As Much Of An Athlete' Adam Wainwright's Weight Loss Paying Off In 2018

Adam Wainwright faced hitters for the first time Wednesday in Jupiter and cut a smaller silhouette than in years past. While still an imposing figure at 6’7, the 36-year-old veteran trimmed 21 pounds from his frame heading into spring to give himself more athleticism.

KMOV

Jack Flahery, Jordan Hicks Begin Auditions For Cardinals' Staff; Regular Rest; Saturday's Pitching Plans; Battle For Bullpen Time

Sometime in the not-too-distant future, it isn't difficult to picture a scenario where Jordan Hicks is saving games for Jack Flaherty.
St. Louis Official Site

Righthander Jack Flaherty is slated to throw 35 pitches or two innings Friday in the Cardinals’ first exhibition game against the Miami Marlins here.
Cardinal Beat

The abbreviated workout schedule before the start of Grapefruit League games means many of the Cardinals' regulars won't be appearing in the first few games, and when they do appear it will only be for a few innings.
Cardinal Beat

Diamondbacks Deal With Yasmany Tomas A Mistake That Keeps Hurting

Speaking through an interpreter, Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas answered questions on Tuesday morning. He said he was entering camp with the same mentality as he has every year. He suggested nothing much has changed.

AZ Central

Checking In On The Cubs, Brewers, & The Latest Cardinals Forecast

The Cardinals are an 87-win team in 2018, at least in the projected standings at Fangraphs. That isn’t an exciting number, but 87 victories would likely put the Cards in strong contention to reappear in the postseason for the first time since 2015.

101 ESPN

Pirates Traded Daniel Hudson, Another, & Cash To Rays For Corey Dickerson

Pittsburgh Official Site

Cardinals' Spring Training Opener Airs on FOX Sports Midwest

The Cardinals open spring training play Friday, Feb. 23, live on FOX Sports Midwest.

Fox Sports Midwest

Picking Jake Arrieta's New Team

With the quick, back-to-back signings of Eric Hosmer and J.D. Martinez for just over a quarter billion dollars combined ($144 million for Hosmer, $110 million for Martinez), there remains just one probable “nine-figure” player on the market – the former Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta, who was predicted to take awhile, and he has.

FanRags

Matt Carpenter Can Excel Batting Third If The Cardinals Commit To Leaving Him There

Matt Carpenter’s biggest flaw has been his “inability” to hit in the 3-hole. But never having done something doesn’t mean someone is incapable of doing so.

101 ESPN

Cardinals' Top 30 Prospects List Led By MLB-Ready Talent

Cardinals fans may not be used to not finishing atop the NL Central year after year. Thanks to a strong, and now top-heavy, system, it's easy to see this two-year absence from the postseason as a blip on the radar.

St. Louis Official Site

Cardinals Could Strike Gold With Dark Horse Again

Last spring, Jose Martinez slugged his way from obscurity and onto the Cardinals' Opening Day roster. Jeremy Hazelbaker enjoyed a similar ascension the spring before.

St. Louis Official Site

Could Lance Lynn Be Final Piece For Twins?

The Minnesota Twins still have “some flexibility” to pursue a starting pitcher if they find a deal they like. And sources suggest that pitcher of interest could be Lance Lynn, who they seem to prefer among the remaining top free-agent starters.

FanRags

Who Will Make Up The Next Wave Of Young Managers?

The hiring of Aaron Boone (Yankees) and other former major leaguers with no or limited managerial (or even coaching) experience appears to be the wave of the future.

FanRags

Chris Young To Miss At Least Ten Days With Grade One Right Calf Strain

Jeff Fletcher Twitter

Mark Saxon Joins The Athletic

Mark Saxon Twitter

What Does Colby Rasmus Bring To The Orioles?

Colby Rasmus isn’t much of a splash, as he’s ripe with imperfections. Still, he does some things atypical of a guy signing a minor league deal.

Camden Yards

Mark Montgomery A Possible Darkhorse In Tigers' Spring Camp

At first glance, Alexi Amarista looks like one of the college interns who work around the clubhouse every Spring Training, not one of the non-roster invitees competing for a utility spot on the Tigers' Opening Day roster.

Detroit Official Site

After Abrupt Ending To Last Season, Colby Rasmus Looking For Fresh Start With Orioles

When Colby Rasmus abruptly left the Tampa Bay Rays last July to spend more time with his family, the veteran outfielder didn’t know whether he’d have the opportunity to return to the majors in 2018 — or even wanted to.

Baltimore Sun

Video: Mike Maddux On His Coaching Philosophy

Fox Sports Midwest Twitter

Paul DeJong, Nick Senzel, & The Future Of Unlikely Shortstops

The St. Louis Cardinals selected Paul DeJong in the fourth round of the 2015 draft. DeJong was taken more for his bat than his defense. According to his alma mater Illinois State, for example, DeJong spent time at “second base, third base, catcher, right field, and as the team’s designated hitter” during his third and final season with the Redbirds. While suggestive of positional flexibility, that’s not the usual path of a defensive wizard. During that same campaign, however, DeJong also slashed .333/.427/.605 in 246 plate appearances. That kind of offensive performance can play at multiple positions.

Fangraphs

Edgard Montiel Will Play For A Month In Nicaragua Before Heading To Italy

However, Montiel will not last more than a month in the league and will go to play Italian baseball leaving a large gap in the tribe.  (Translated)

La Prensa