Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Making A Case For The Cardinals

As the Giants and Cardinals attempted to acquire National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins, many fans and baseball officials wondered if the slugger would even accept a trade to St. Louis.


Shohei Ohtani Expected To Be Posted On December 2nd

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Twins Have Asked About Gerrit Cole & Jake Odorizzi, Wade Davis & Greg Holland May Be Too Pricey

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Mike Berardino Twitter

MLB Suspended Five Players For Drug Of Abuse & PED Failed Tests

The commissioner’s office announced on Tuesday that five minor league players, including three in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system, have been suspended for drug violations. Pitchers Juan Jimenez, Naswell Paulino, and Jol Concepcion received suspensions from the Toronto system, as well as Kansas City Royals right-handed pitcher Travis Eckert and free agent left-hander Kevin Duchene.


Phillies May Pursue Kevin Maitan

Remember those trades the Phillies made this summer that got them a whole lot of "international amateur signing bonus space?"

Philadelphia Official Site

Shohei Ohtani To Come To MLB As Agreement Reached

Major League Baseball, Nippon Professional Baseball, and the Major League Baseball Players Association have agreed to a deal that will allow Shohei Ohtani to be posted and eligible for signing this offseason, sources confirm to FanRag Sports. The deal will need to be ratified before it goes into effect, meaning that the earliest that Ohtani could be posted is next Friday. News of the deal was first reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post.


Wait, Is It Actually A Good Idea For The Giants To Trade For Giancarlo Stanton?

It seems like this question gets overlooked in our dinger haze.

McCovey Chronicles

Cubs Named Jim Hickey MLB Pitching Coach

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Braves' Punishment Frees Up Kevin Maitan That Cardinals Could Chase

As the Cardinals prepared for their premeditated spending spree on international talent in 2016, they drew on months of time spent scouting and developing relationships with a peer group of standout talents in Venezuela. As signing dates approached, the Cardinals knew they had at least one deal in place, and they wanted to be in place if another player’s deal fell through.

Bird Land

Jose Martinez Hones First Base Skills In Venezuela League; Out In The Desert; Worth Noting

For more than a decade, Jose Martinez has returned to Venezuela in the offseason and represented his hometown club in the Venezuelan Winter League. He continued that practice this year, though this time Martinez returned with a full season of big league experience under his belt.

St. Louis Official Site

If The Cardinals Want Giancarlo Stanton, Go Get Him. No Excuses.

If the Miami Marlins are truly willing to trade Giancarlo Stanton, the Cardinals have to go deep and get it done. They can’t take a timid swing … and miss. They have to swing for the fences.

101 ESPN

Audio: Adam Wainwright Talks Turkey

Always thankful of the blessings life has provided him, Adam Wainwright has a little something extra to be thankful for this year as he sits down for turkey dinner. The St. Louis Cardinals pitcher finally had his offensive exploits recognized with the National League Silver Slugger Award.

STL Baseball Weekly

Marlins Must Deal Giancarlo Stanton No Matter What It Takes

Giancarlo Stanton needs to be traded. How the Miami Marlins do so is the tricky part.


Cardinals Winter Warm-Up Tickets Go On Sale November 24, 2017

Admission tickets for the St. Louis Cardinals’ 22nd annual Winter Warm-Up will be available at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24.

Belleville News Democrat

Updating The Scouting Report On Kevin Maitan

The news that Major League Baseball has made Kevin Maitan a free agent will understandably set off a bidding war.

Baseball America

MLB Removing Prospects From Braves

Major League Baseball informed multiple Braves international signings today that they will become free agents, multiple sources told Baseball America.

Baseball America

Three Best Fits For Todd Frazier In Free Agency

If Mike Moustakas is the “big get” third-base free agent this offseason, Todd Frazier is right behind him. The best thing about Frazier being too old—he’ll 32 by the time opening day rolls around–is that he’ll be cheaper to sign than Moustakas, and he won’t cost any team a draft pick. Over the past two seasons with the White Sox and the Yankees, Frazier hit .220/.322/.448 with 67 home runs and played above-average defense at third base. He was also a strong presence in the clubhouse during the Yankees’ unexpected run in the playoffs.


Giants, Marlins Have Deep Discussions On Giancarlo Stanton

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Cardinals Winter League Notebook 11-21-17: Randy Arozarena Singles In 2017 LMP All-Star Game; Andrew Knizner Named 2017 AFL Breakout Prospect; Imeldo Diaz Triples & Drives In One Run

Cardinals Winter League

Who To Watch For In The Rule 5 Draft

With the 40-man rosters set, that means the Rule 5 Draft is looming. Some minor leaguers are on their way to new homes.


Mike Minor Expected To Sign Quickly

Buster Olney Twitter

Social Media Cuts Kim Won-Seok's Career Short

Former Hanwha Eagles outfielder Kim Won-seok is at a crossroads in his baseball career. His one-on-one social media messages with an undisclosed female fan have cost him his career, weeks after some of the messages were made public by a third person who had obtained captured images of them.

Korea Times

Monday, November 20, 2017

Cardinals Make Roster Moves As Rule 5 Draft Window Closes

With past lessons in mind as they made present decisions, the Cardinals elected Monday to add four minor-league players to the 40-man roster, choosing to protect a power pitcher but leave a power hitter available to other teams.


Wang Po-Jung Will Train In Los Angeles At End Of November In Preparation For 2018 Free Agency

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Giants Added Aramis Garcia To 40-Man Roster

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Brewers Added Marcos Diplan To 40-Man Roster

Milwaukee Official Twitter

Yankees Added Gleyber Torres To 40-Man Roster

New York-A PR Official Twitter

Yakult Set To Re-Sign Wladimir Balentien To One-Year Extension

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Astros Added Cionel Perez To 40-Man Roster

Houston Official Twitter

Andrew Knizner Among Arizona Fall League's 2017 Breakout Prospects

With the completion of the Arizona Fall League season on Saturday comes a run of "AFL in review" type stories. Last week, Mike Rosenbaum weighed in with 10 players who stood out to him during his time there. Later this week, Jim Callis will have an AFL top prospects list and MLBPipeline.com will also have an all-AFL team to peruse.

St. Louis Official Site

Blue Jays Could Emerge As Dark Horse For J.D. Martinez

The Toronto Blue Jays could emerge as a dark horse candidate for star free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez.


Cardinals Add Austin Gomber, Derian Gonzalez, Oscar Mercado, & Tyler O'Neill To 40-Man Roster

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have purchased the contracts of left-hander pitcher Austin Gomber, right-handed pitcher Derian Gonzalez and outfielders Oscar Mercado and Tyler O'Neill. All four players have been added to the team's 40-man Major League roster which currently stands at 39.
St. Louis Official Site

The Cardinals added three of their top 18 prospects -- outfielder Tyler O'Neill (No. 4), left-hander Austin Gomber (No. 15) and outfielder Oscar Mercado (No. 18) -- as well as right-hander Derian Gonzalez to the 40-man roster on Monday in order to protect all four from being exposed in next month's Rule 5 Draft. Clubs had until 7 p.m. CT to protect Rule 5-eligible players.
St. Louis Official Site

The St. Louis Cardinals have one spot remaining on their 40-man major league roster after purchasing the contracts of pitchers Austin Gomber and Derian Gonzalez and outfielders Oscar Mercado and Tyler O’Neill and adding all four players to the roster.
Fox Sports Midwest

The Cardinals announced Monday the additions of four players to the team’s 40-man roster ahead of the pre-Rule 5 Draft roster deadline. Pitchers Austin Gomber and Derian Gonzalez were added along with outfielders Oscar Mercado and Tyler O’Neill, protecting each from being eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft, which takes place next month at the Baseball Winter Meetings. After these additions, the Cardinals 40-man roster stands at 39 players.

Ahead of tonight’s 7pm deadline to set the 40-man roster, the St. Louis Cardinals have announced four roster moves as the team has purchased the contracts of pitchers Austin Gomber and Derian Gonzales and outfielders Oscar Mercado and Tyler O’Neill.
STL Baseball Weekly

White Sox Added Eloy Jimenez To 40-Man Roster

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On Keeping Or Dealing Luke Weaver

The St. Louis Cardinals have so many decisions to make this winter, and one is very clearly to evaluate what their starting pitching will look like. As part of this process, they will examine the future of bright young starter, Luke Weaver, and whether his true value to the club is as a rotation member or a trade chip.

Redbird Rants

Cardinals To Host Sixth Annual Holiday Gift Drive To Support Area Youth

The St. Louis Cardinals Front Office and Cardinals Care are teaming up with the American Red Cross, KMOV, Rawlings Sporting Goods, Fontbonne University, Companion Bakery, The Cup and the St. Louis Blues to provide holiday gifts to area youth in need and children of military families at Scott Air Force Base. Special thanks go out to Papa John's Pizza and the new "Magic of Lights" display at Gateway Motorsports Park for their support of this year's holiday gift drive as well.

St. Louis Official Site

Mike Claiborne On The Press Box 11-20-17

Inside STL

Brewers Showing Interest In Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn; Blue Jays Have Not Offered Josh Donaldson An Extension; Posting System

The Brewers were one of this year's most charming stories, posting the franchise's best record since 2011 and finishing one game back of a postseason berth.

MLB Official Site

Red Sox Signed Jorge Rodriguez Out Of The Mexican Academy

The young pitcher Jorge Rodríguez became the first player signed for a major league organization, signing for the Boston Red Sox after having participated in the first Show Case held last Friday in the city of Monclova.  (Translated)

MiLB Official Site

Chris Carpenter, Scott Rolen, & Jason Isringhausen Make Debuts On Hall Of Fame Ballot

Power-hitter Jim Thome and former MVP Chipper Jones headline the list of 19 newcomers to the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot that will reach voters in the coming week. A handful of former Cardinals, including Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter, also dot the ballot for the first time.
Cardinal Beat

The full ballot for the 2018 Major League Baseball Hall of Fame was announced, Monday. And new on the list are three former St. Louis Cardinals: Chris Carpenter, Scott Rolen and Jason Isringhausen.

The Baseball Hall of Fame has announced the 36 candidates who are on the ballot to be elected as the 2018 Hall of Fame class.
STL Baseball Weekly

A Cy Young Award winner, the franchise's all-time saves leader and an eight-time Gold Glove Award winner are among the former Cardinals to land on the 2018 National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. All three -- Chris Carpenter, Jason Isringhausen and Scott Rolen -- were also members of the organization's 2006 World Series championship team.
St. Louis Official Site

Alejandro De Aza Thanks Lara For The Opportunity

Alejandro De Aza failed in his first four turns, after his debut in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League. Then in his next 15 times at bat he shook eight hits as the Lara Cardinals' first bat.  (Translated)

LVBP Official Site

Top 2018 International Prospects At MLB Showcase: Outfielders, Pitchers

Several of the top 2018 international prospects from the Dominican Republic participated in the Major League Baseball Dominican national showcase on Nov. 1-2.

Baseball America

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 11-20-17: Jose 'Cafecito' Martinez Homers & Drives In Three Runs; Nick Additon Strikes Out Five Over Five Scoreless Innings For The Win; Raul Valdes Strikes Out Six & Allows One Run Over Six Innings

Cardinals Winter League

Who The Cardinals, Giants Have Reportedly Offered For Giancarlo Stanton

It was a extra-hot, hot stove weekend between Miami, St. Louis and San Francisco, as the Cardinals and Giants have both reportedly made formal trade offers for Giancarlo Stanton.


Can Brandon Kintzler Help The Cardinals Bullpen?



Brewers Showing Interest In Jake Arrieta

Jon Morosi Twitter

Cardinals Should Make The Marlins Three Offers For Giancarlo Stanton They Can't Refuse

With the Miami Marlins taking formal bids on National League Most Valuable Player Giancarlo Stanton, the St. Louis Cardinals should use a three-front attack when they submit their offer.

Cheap Seats

Cardinals Offer Sandy Alcantara In Trade Proposal For Giancarlo Stanton

Craig Mish Twitter

Cardinals Cleared Roster Space For Monday's Prospect Protection Deadline

During his weekly conversation on KMOX/1120 AM, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak described how baseball has been operating at "two different speeds." He described to host Mike Claiborne how the industry and front offices are in the market and "just getting its feet wet, just getting going," and the media has deals already made, completed, and jerseys sold.

Bird Land

Tony Pena's Career Currently In Limbo

El Caribe

Hisashi Iwakuma Says Mariners Have Offered Him A New Deal

Free agent pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma said Monday he has received an offer to rejoin the Seattle Mariners.

Japan Times

Carlos Peguero Received One Vote For 2017 Pacific League MVP


MLB Scouts Keep Tabs On Young Players At Asia Professional Championship

There were no elite players like Shohei Otani or Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, but the Asia Professional Baseball Championship served as a good showcase for MLB scouts to try and identify some up-and-coming, and possibly future MLB, talent.

Japan Times

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Lerys Aguilera Hits First Home Run In Nicaragua

The Cuban Lerys Aguilera, of the Bóer, was the author of the first homerun of a batter of the Professional Baseball League of Nicaragua in the new Dennis Martínez National Stadium, in nine games and a route of 570 official at-bats.  (Translated)

La Prensa

A Look At The Cardinals Museum's New Exhibit Featuring Red Birds' Trip To Japan

"Goodwill through Baseball: Cardinals Across the Pacific" opened November 17 and runs through the 2018 Season.


Cardinals Make Trade Offer For Giancarlo Stanton

While a potential trade of National League MVP Award winner Giancarlo Stanton has been the central theme in the early going this Hot Stove season, actual trade proposals are now being made to the Marlins, with the Cardinals the latest to join the fray.

St. Louis Official Site

Panama Spring/Summer League To Open Season On March 9, 2018

They also reported that theChampionshipMajor National Baseball will be inaugurated on March 9, with thegameThe Saints before Herrera, in the Rico Cedeño.  (Translated)

Panama America

How Should We View Lance Lynn?

Lance Lynn just wrapped a full season of work after returning from Tommy John surgery, and now, thanks to his rejection of the St. Louis Cardinals’ qualifying offer, has the likes of the Baltimore Orioles sniffing after him. More suitors are sure to follow, as most teams are desperate for pitching, and this offseason’s market for rotation help is decidedly thin.


Red Sox, Phillies Interested In Carlos Santana

Jon Morosi Twitter

Same Excitement For Bryan Eversgerd

Seated in the dugout for a pregame interview in May of 1994, Bryan Eversgerd gazed out at the field in Busch Stadium and smiled. He was still pinching himself at the reality of not just having made his Major League debut, but doing so with his hometown St. Louis Cardinals.

STL Baseball Weekly

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 11-19-17: Edmundo Sosa Finished AFL Season With Slash Line .305/.359/.356; Evan MacLane Strikes Out Five & Allows One Run Over Five Innings For The Win; Edgard Montiel Singles, Doubles, Triples, & Drives In Two Runs

Cardinals Winter League

Patience Paid For Cardinals With Gerry Staley

Though knowing Gerry Staley was committed to a stint in the Army during World War II, the Cardinals went ahead and acquired him anyway. The investment paid a significant dividend when Staley emerged as the ace of the Cardinals’ staff in the early 1950s.


Nelson Cruz & Miguel Cabrera Could Be Available For Trade

When the Mariners traded with the A’s for Ryon Healy, it was thought that Seattle might make Cruz available, but evidently that’s not the case. Healy will play first base, according to GM Jerry Dipoto. Cruz, coming off a 39-homer season, certainly qualifies as a good DH candidate for the Red Sox.

Boston Globe

Carlos Beltran Open To Managing If Given The Opportunity

The emotions that Puerto Rican former player Carlos Beltrán is still experiencing are too many, simultaneous and of great magnitude, as were his 20 seasons in Major League Baseball.  (Translated)

El Nuevo Dia