Friday, November 16, 2018

Five Offseason Trade Targets For The Cardinals

Earlier in the week, I posted a #TradePollTuesday involving a hypothetical pursuit by the Cardinals of Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Though the slugger will become a free agent after the 2019 season, his addition to the Cardinals lineup would definitely move the needle. You can read more about that idea here.


Angels Bring Back Peter Bourjos On Minor-League Deal

The Angels have agreed to a minor-league deal with Peter Bourjos, bringing back a player who spent the first four years of his career with them.

Daily News

Orioles Named Mike Elias New General Manager, Executive VP

Mike Elias, who played a key role in rebuilding the Houston Astros from the bottom of the league to the 2017 World Series title, will get the opportunity to replicate that success as the Baltimore Orioles’ next executive vice president and general manager, the club announced Friday afternoon.

Baltimore Sun

Cardinals Weigh Which Prospects To Protect

The Cardinals are prepared to do some more massaging of their 40-man roster next week, as clubs face a Tuesday deadline to protect eligible players from the Rule 5 Draft.

St. Louis Official Site

Yankees Moving Toward Sonny Gray Trade

The Yankees have multiple offers on the table for RHP Sonny Gray and are in the process of weighing them, according to major league sources.


Twins Signed Preston Guilmet To Minors deal

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Patrick Corbin Headlines The Starter Free Agent Market

As I have mentioned in the past, this was not supposed to be a thin pitching market. Matt Harvey was in theory supposed to be the jewel of the offseason, and now he’s... probably still going to be a wealthy guy. Patrick Corbin, instead, has emerged as the unlikely hero of the pitcher free agent market.

Beyond The Boxscore

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 11-16-18: Pedro Rodriguez Earns Win & Save In Doubleheader; Ronny Cedeno Collects Two Singles & Three RBIs; Conner Greene Strikes Out One Over Two Hitless/Scoreless Innings

Cardinals Winter League

Manny Machado May Not Hustle, But He Still Makes Sense If The Cardinals Can't Sign Bryce Harper

It seems that St. Louis Cardinals fans and the area media have decided that the only choice for the team when it comes to the top free agents on the market this winter is former Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper.

Cheap Seats

East Teams Driving Starting Pitcher Market

The East divisions are the center of the starting-pitching market this offseason.

MLB Official Site

Cardinals Signed Mike Hauschild To Minors Deal

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Diamondbacks Shopping Zack Greinke

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Joe Torre's Charity Event Salutes 1998 Yankees

By the time the Red Sox completed their steamroll to the World Series title last month, their relatively easy march toward the championship sparked a controversial question across baseball: Were the 2018 Red Sox, with 119 combined wins between the regular season and postseason, the best team ever?

New York-A Official Site

Two Beat Writers Discuss: Whay Would It Take For The Cardinals To Acquire Paul Goldschmidt?

St.​ Louis​ Cardinals president of​ baseball operations​ John​ Mozeliak​ predicted​ back in​ October​ that​ some​ teams​ would change​ course​​ and become surprise sellers this offseason.

The Athletic

Matt Carpenter Finished Ninth In 2018 NL MVP Voting

Christian Yelich is the ninth player overall and the second in the NL to be named MVP in his first season with a club after being traded.


Tax Incentives Approved By City Board For MLS Stadium Construction

A city board that oversees real estate development is advancing St. Louis' cause for a Major League Soccer franchise.


Jim Thome Will Receive Highest Honor At This Weekend's Stan Musial Awards

Jim Thome couldn't say yes fast enough when he was asked to come to St. Louis to be part of the annual Stan Musial Awards, then he found out he was going to be taking home the most prestigious honor of the night. On Saturday, he'll be given the Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award for Sportsmanship.


Memphis Schedule: Cardinals Exhibition In March; Opener On April 4, 2019

The two-time reigning Pacific Coast League champion Memphis Redbirds will open their title defense on April 4.

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Jim Riggleman & Mike Matheny Could Be Bench Coach Candidates For The Mets

Taking our weekly trip around MLB as the stove heats up …


Tom Verducci On Bryce Harper Free Agency: 'There Aren't Going To Be Compromises'

After a posting a recent 101 ESPN story regarding Bryce Harper’s free agency, we asked our social media followers if they’d be okay with the Cardinals offering up a 10-year, $400 million contract with an opt-out clause attached.

101 ESPN

Josh Donaldson Should Have Plenty Of Options

Late-bloomer Josh Donaldson was 27 years-old when he broke out as a star with the Oakland Athletics in 2013. Donaldson emerged as one of the best third basemen in baseball, hitting for power (25 home runs and 64 extra base hits) and average (an above .300 batting average) while limiting strikeouts and taking walks.

Beyond The Boxscore

Baseball Owners Extend Rob Manfred's Contract Through 2024 Season

Baseball owners have locked down their commissioner and their main broadcast partner, too.


Cardinals Winter League Notebook 11-15-18: Connor Jones Named AFL Top Ten Standout; Williams Perez Strikes Out Three Over Five Scoreless Innings For The Win; Yadier Molina Wants To Play In Puerto Rico & Venezuela

Cardinals Winter League

Bob Costas Explains How Ozzie Smith Saved His Ceremonial First Pitch

In June, Bob Costas' was honored at Busch Stadium as he would soon be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame for being named the Ford C. Frick Award winner this year. He was asked and accepted the opportunity to throw a ceremonial first pitch, which nearly became a disaster if it wasn't for another Hall of Famer.


Ian Kennedy Open To Working In Royals' Bullpen

One of the solutions to fixing the Royals' troubled bullpen heading into 2019 could be to convert some of the starters from the club's suddenly deep rotation to a relief role.

Kansas City Official Site

Looking For A Match In A Carlos Santana Trade

Earlier this week, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported via a rival executive that the Phillies are “shopping the hell” out of first baseman Carlos Santana. The Rhys Hoskins left field experiment went poorly this year, so it’s logical for GM Matt Klentak to attempt to trade the veteran Santana to allow Hoskins to move back to first base in 2019.

MLB Trade Rumors

Why Cardinals Saw Eric Davis As Answer To A Need

Eric Davis, who conquered cancer, convinced the Cardinals he could help them as an inspirational and productive player.


Chunichi Re-Signed Raidel Martinez & Ariel Martinez For The 2019 Season

Cubans Raidel Martinez (pitcher) and Ariel Martinez (catcher) renewed their contracts with the Chunichi Dragons, team of the Japanese Professional Baseball League (NPB).


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Stubby Clapp Is Happy He's A Cardinal

The name Stubby Clapp got a lot of play this summer and fall, even more than a name like that ordinarily would receive. Clapp, the Memphis manager, directed his team to a second consecutive Pacific Coast League title and then the Class AAA championship.


Athletics Have Interest In Bringing Kurt Suzuki Back Again

The A’s are a team that doesn’t shy away from bringing alumni home for a second or even third go-round, and that might extend to the team’s catching spot next season.

SF Chronicle

Video: Rick Ankiel On The Yips, On Throwing As An Outfielder, & On What Feels Good About After Rebuilding His Career

Max Scherzer Finished Second & Miles Mikolas Sixth In 2018 National League Cy Young Voting

Jacob deGrom, whose won-lost record was 10-9, had the fewest victories for a Cy Young Award-winning starting pitcher in a full season.


Red Sox Signed Alex Cora To Extension Through 2021 With Club Option For 2022

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Bolstering The Bullpen High On Cardinals' Priority List

While the Cardinals' search for an impact bat may be monopolizing most of their Hot Stove headlines, the club continues to operate with multiple offseason goals in sight.

St. Louis Official Site

Yankees Are In On Manny Machado

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You Won't Believe What John Brebbia's Beard Looks Like Now

Big-bearded Cardinals reliever John Brebbia is looking a bit different these days.


St. Louis MLS Tax Incentives Up For Debate Thursday

Thursday could be another step closer to Major League Soccer in St. Louis.


Seth Elledge Staying Focused

It’s July 27, 2017. Seth Elledge is ready for another day at the office with the Modesto Nuts. To his surprise, this day turned out a little differently, he learned that morning he had been traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Redbird Rants

Chris Young Named Phillies' New Pitching Coach

Ken Rosenthal Twitter

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 11-14-18: Arturo Reyes Strikes Out Three Over Four Scoreless Innings; Ildemaro Vargas Hits A Three-Run Homer; Donovan Solano Collects Three Singles, One Double, & Two RBIs

Cardinals Winter League

Jim Duquette Explains Why Manny Machado Is A 'Perfect Fit' For Cardinals

Have St. Louis Cardinals fans forgotten about Manny Machado? A majority of the headlines and tweets regarding the Cardinals and perspective free agents during last week's GM Meetings, (including this media outlet) were about Bryce Harper, Josh Donaldson and Paul Goldschmidt.


Blaise Matheny To Sign With Missouri St

Another son of former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is set to play baseball for Keith Guttin.

Springfield News-Leader

Why One Year Of Paul Goldschmidt Isn't Worth The Price For Cardinals

Would you trade many, many years of potential for one year of greatness, even if it wouldn't get you the ultimate price? For the St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, that's the million dollar question.


Hey Cardinals, There's Absolutely No Reason To Bring Back The Powder Blue Uniforms

The St. Louis Cardinals have strongly hinted that they will return to their powder blue road uniforms of the 1970s and early 1980s in the upcoming season.

Cheap Seats

Miles Mikolas Named Sports Personality Of The Year By Missouri Athletic Club

The 2018 Jack Buck Awards recipients have been announced by the Missouri Athletic Club:


Replacing Joe Mauer At First Base

We all knew that Joe Mauer’s retirement would come someday and now it’s actually here. The organization has to find a way to fill first base and fortunately for them, they have several options to consider. While this is not a complete list, I’ve included multiple players that could be Mauer’s replacement for Opening Day.

Twinkie Town

Why The Cardinals Should Sign Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper, a National League MVP at 23, is a free agent at 26, peddling his services in an industry that’s grown to nearly $11 billion in annual revenues. His combination of skills, age and marketing cachet make him an excellent fit for any major league baseball franchise.

USA Today

Mike Elias Will Be Named Orioles' New General Manager

Mike Elias, one of Jeff Luhnow's original deputies who oversaw the Astros player development department and amateur scouting, will be named the new general manager of the Baltimore Orioles "barring a sudden change of heart,"

Baltimore Sun

Cardinals Signed Joe Hudson To Minors Deal

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