Saturday, November 22, 2014

Stan Musial Exhibit Sure To Be Hit With Cardinals Fans

Stan Musial's baseball career has been well documented, but now all Cardinals fans can get to know "The Man" off the field.

St. Louis Official Site

Chris Carpenter Ready For Break From Baseball

The 2014 Granite State Baseball Dinner took place Saturday night at the Radisson Hotel Expo Center and the Fisher Cats once again expect to have raised around $155,000 to $165,000.

Union Leader

Carlos Martinez To Wear No.18 Next Season In Honor Of Oscar Taveras, Mike Matheny Gives Jason Heyward No.22 & Takes No.44

MLB Jersey Numbers Twitter

Cardinals Release Jose Gomez

Jrocke217 Twitter

Twins Hire Neil Allen As Pitching Coach

Neil Allen, who helped shepherd the pitchers who form the nucleus of one of the American League’s best pitching staffs to Tampa Bay, has been hired as the new pitching coach of the Twins, three sources with knowledge of the hiring confirmed on Saturday.

Star Tribune

Pablo Sandoval Deciding On Offers From Red Sox, Giants, & Padres

Ken Rosenthal Twitter

If Giants Lose Out On Pablo Sandoval, Major Push For Yasmany Tomas Expected

If the Giants lose out in the Sandoval sweepstakes, they’re expected to make a serious bid on Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas.

SF Gate

Even Without Shelby Miller, Cardinal Rotation Still Stocked For The Future

Trading away precious starting pitching isn’t exactly something the Cardinals wanted to do this offseason. No, wait. Scratch that. Trading away talented and YOUNG starting pitching is something the Cards NEVER want to do.

KMOV

Signing Matt Adams Should Be Cardinals' Top Offseason Priority

The St. Louis Cardinals have already made one big splash in the offseason by trading for outfielder Jason Heyward, a trade unfortunately made necessary by the death of Oscar Taveras.

Rant Sports

Audio: Mike Matheny Gives Up 22

Almost since the trade went down, there has been question as to what number Jason Heyward would wear with the St. Louis Cardinals. Would Mike Matheny give up the familiar 22 for the newly acquired right fielder, or would a new team mean a new number?

STL Baseball Weekly

Just Because: Scott Boras, Minor League Ballplayer

Scott Boras! He's one of the most important figures in the post-free agency era of baseball history, and he's widely reviled by rank-and-file fans for being very good at his job. In matters related, his last name lends itself to hackneyed and unimaginative message-board puns!

CBS Sports

Rockies Sign Aaron Laffey To Minors Deal

Matt Eddy Twitter

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 11-22-14: Evan MacLane Strikes Out Two Over Six Scoreless Innings For The Win; Jose Martinez Singles & Hits A Solo Home Run; Ruben Gotay Drives In One Run

Cardinals Winter League

Twins Win Bid For Hyeon-Jong Yang

The Twins have won the bidding for negotiating rights with Korean left-hander Hyeon-jong Yang and are closing in on a deal, a person familiar with the process told the Pioneer Press on Saturday.

Twin Cities

Wily Mo Pena Ends Talks Orix, Interest With Twins

Mike Berardino Twitter

Rockies Sign Audry Perez, Assign To Triple-A Albuquerque

Rockies Roster Twitter

Phillies Re-Sign Koyie Hill To Minors Deal

Eric Stephen Twitter

Friday, November 21, 2014

How Rangers' Talent Could Be Affected By Crisis On Dominican Roads

Team relies on talent from place where death lurks around next curve

Dallas News

Red Sox Offer For Pablo Sandoval May Be In Lead

The Red Sox might be pulling ahead in the race for Pablo Sandoval.

Boston Globe

Gary Sheffield On The Jim Edmonds, Tim McKernan, & T.J. Moe Show 11-21-14

Inside STL

ESPN Suspends Keith Law From Twitter For Defending Evolution

Heavy-tweetin' ESPN baseball writer Keith Law has been noticeably silent for the last couple of days. That's no coincidence—he's been given a Twitter timeout by ESPN, and we're told that it's for loudly and repeatedly defending Charles Darwin from transitional fossil Curt Schilling, his Bristol colleague.

Deadspin

Royals & Twins Have Talked To Torii Hunter, Mariners Considering

Jerry Crasnick Twitter

Orioles & Giants Keeping Eye On Torii Hunter

Jerry Crasnick Twitter

Derrick Goold On The Home Stretch 11-21-14

Inside STL

Jon Lester To Meet With At Least Two More Teams Next Week

After meeting with the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves this week, Jon Lester is scheduled to meet with at least two more teams next week, according to a source.

Full Count WEEI

Matt Kemp Drawing Interest

While Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford were originally seen as the most likely high-profile, high-salaried Dodgers outfielders to be traded, that may not necessarily be the case at this point.

CBS Sports

Rockies, Royals, & Astros Interested In Brett Anderson

Patrick Saunders Twitter

Cardinals Still In Need Of Right-Handed First Baseman

Adding Jason Heyward was a necessary – if not mandatory – move for the Cardinals in preparation of the 2015 season. They didn’t have a right fielder and he certainly gives them one. But that’s not the end of the Cards offensive wish list this winter.

KMOV

Updating The Cardinals' Shopping List

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Bernie Bytes

Angels Not In On Yasmany Tomas Or Yoan Moncada

Alden Gonzalez

Dave Dombrowski 'Not Counting On' Max Scherzer Deal

Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski tried to downplay the possibility of re-signing Max Scherzer and flipping David Price in an interview with MLB Network Radio on Friday afternoon.

Detroit OfficialSite

Andrew Miller Has Received Multiple Offers Of Three-Years

Jon Morosi Twitter

Padres To Make Offer To Pablo Sandoval

Ken Rosenthal Twitter

Diamondbacks Sign Jamie Romak To Minors Deal With Spring Invite

Tim Dierkes Twitter

Giants Very Interested In Yasmany Tomas, Yoan Moncada

Henry Schulman Twitter

Ryan Ludwick Or Jonny Gomes Could Be A Good Fit For The Mets

Among their remaining needs this offseason, the Mets could use a righty-hitting outfielder to come off the bench.

Amazin' Avenue

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 11-21-14: Breyvic Valera Singles, Doubles, Triples, & Drives In One Run; Jose Godoy Singles, Doubles, & Knocks In One Run; Raul Valdes Strikes Out Four & Allows One Run Over Seven Innings

Cardinals Winter League

Could The Nationals Make A Play For A Free Agent Starter Such As Max Scherzer?

Let’s first establish this: The Nationals don’t need a starting pitcher. The rotation of Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez and Tanner Roark was the best in baseball last season by many measures — ERA, FIP, WAR, take your pick — and (barring a trade) will return for 2015 after forming the backbone of a division-title winning team.

Washington Post

Braves Shopping Justin Upton At A Steep Price

The Braves are very much shopping Justin Upton and are requesting a higher return than they received earlier this week when they dealt their other corner outfielder, Jason Heyward.

NY Post

Ty Kelly Has A Cooking Blog & YouTube Channel

The Cardinals made a move on Thursday to acquire IF Ty Kelly from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for RHP Sam Gaviglio. Kelly was also added to the Cardinals 40-man roster.

Cards Diaspora

Braves A Long Shot To Sign Jon Lester

Jayson Stark Twitter

Questions & Answers From John Mozeliak

The United Cardinal Bloggers recently had a chance to ask Cardinal GM John Mozeliak questions regarding the team, the off-season, and some general baseball questions. Mozeliak, as always with the group, was pretty candid and shed some light on the front office workings.

Examiner

UCB Interview: John Mozeliak

The UCB, as a group recently sent a bunch of questions to Cardinal’s GM John Mozeliak, and he answered every single one. Here are the questions I ask: In hindsight, I wish I’d asked more questions some more thought provoking ones, but this was my first GM interview, so I thought I did ok.

Cards Conclave

Padres, Braves In Hunt For Yasmany Tomas

The race to sign Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas is heating up once again.

Jesse Sanchez At The Park

How Al Dark Won Respect Of Cardinals Fans

A central figure in a trade unpopular with many Cardinals loyalists, Al Dark responded with a hitting display that endeared him to St. Louis fans and gained him satisfaction against his former team.

Retro Simba

Philography: Jim Konstanty

Based on physical appearance, Jim Konstanty is one of the least likely looking winners of the National League Most Valuable Player award. But for the incredible ‘Whiz Kids’ team of 1950, that is exactly what the Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher became.

That Balls Outta Here

Back To School: Lance Berkman Hits The Books At Rice

Thirteen years ago, a reporter asked Lance Berkman, "What did you major in at Rice?"

St. Louis Official Site

Stan Musial Exhibit Ribbon Cutting Friday

Friday would have been Stan Musial's birthday, and the St. Louis Cardinals are honoring baseball's perfect knight in a very special way.
KSDK

The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum opened its first temporary exhibit, Stan Musial: "The Man" Off the Field, today on what would have been Stan Musial's 94th birthday. The one-of-a-kind exhibit, which will be in place until next November, focuses on the remarkable life and many contributions of Stan Musial off the baseball diamond.
St. Louis Official Site

Stan “The Man” Musial would’ve turned 94 on Friday.
KMOX

In celebration of what would have been Stan Musial’s 94th birthday today, several friends and family gathered at the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum for the ribbon-cutting of its first temporary exhibit, Stan Musial: “The Man” Off the Field.
STL Baseball Weekly

John Mozeliak Answers Your Questions! (Well, At Least Mine)

As the season was winding down, I reached out to one of the folks in the Cardinal organization that’s always been so great to us bloggers (sorry, I know, that doesn’t narrow it down–they’ve ALL been awesome) and asked if I might have an email Q&A with General Manager John Mozeliak. Not only was Mo up for that, but the Cards wanted to expand it to all the bloggers.

C70 At The Bat

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Best & Worst Cardinals Offseason Moves

Baseball’s winter meetings will take place Dec. 8-11 in San Diego. Under normal circumstances there would be a lot of anticipation going in, and that’s not to say there won’t be stirrings.

Post-Dispatch

Red Sox, Giants, & Padres Offers To Pablo Sandoval Roughly Five-Years/$90-95M

Nick Cafardo Twitter

Family Uses Oscar Taveras' Twitter Account To Thank Fans

A representative for the family of Oscar Taveras, the 22-year-old Cardinals phenom who died along with his girlfriend in a car crash in the Dominican Republic last month, used Taveras' Twitter account on Thursday night to thank fans for their remembrances and expressions of sympathy. Here's a sampling:
CBS Sports

Three weeks after Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras died in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic, his family took over his Twitter account to thank the late baseball player’s supporters.
USA Today

How much appreciation does the family of Oscar Taveras have for the support shown by Cardinal nation? Evidently, plenty.
Post-Dispatch

Cardinals Trade Sam Gaviglio To Mariners For Ty Kelly

The St. Louis Cardinals announced this evening that they have acquired infielder Ty Kelly from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio. Kelly has been added to the Cardinals 40-man Major League roster which currently stands at 37 players.
St. Louis Official Site

In a move just before the deadline to set the 40-man roster, the Cardinals acquired their second minor-league infielder of the winter and moved a pitcher to do it. The Cardinals acquired second baseman Ty Kelly from the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night in exchange for righthanded pitcher Sam Gaviglio. The 24-year-old Gaviglio was the Cardinals' fifth-round pick in 2011 and he spent the past season at Class AA Springfield and had a 4.28 ERA in 25 games (24 starts).
Post-Dispatch

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced the acquisition of infielder Ty Kelly from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for pitcher Sam Gaviglio.
STL Baseball Weekly

The Cardinals acquired infielder Ty Kelly from the Mariners Thursday in exchange for right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio. Kelly was added to the Cardinals' 40-man roster, which is now at 37.
St. Louis Official Site

Mariners infielder Ty Kelly, who spent all of last season with Triple-A Tacoma, was traded to the Cardinals on Thursday for right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio.
Seattle Official Site

The Mariners add some pitching depth, and Lookout Landing says goodbye to a friend of the site.
Lookout Landing

The Mariners made a minor trade of players not on the 40-man roster. They sent Class AAA utility player Ty Kelly to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio.
Seattle Times

Twins Have Real Chance To Sign Torii Hunter

LaVelle E. Neal Twitter

What Would Pitching In St. Louis Be Worth To Max Scherzer?

How much money are your dreams worth?

Cheap Seats Blog

Yasmany Tomas' Power Has Baseball In A Frenzy

At this point, the stories about how far Yasmany Tomas hits a baseball circulate like tales told around a campfire. They might be real. They might be a seed of reality that germinated into a bloom of exaggeration. They might be straight-up lies, because in the market for Cuban baseball players, where teams rarely reveal their true intentions, anything to force a higher bid from a rival is considered keen strategy.

Yahoo

Rick Porcello Could Be Available For Trade

Buster Olney Twitter

Asking Price Steep For Alexei Ramirez

Buster Olney Twitter

Braves Did Not Make Offer To Jon Lester

David O'Brien Twitter

Padres Designate Blaine Boyer For An Assignment

To create room on the 40-man roster for the above mentioned players, the club has designated right-handed pitcher Blaine Boyer and outfielder Yeison Asencio for assignment.

Friarwire

Rays Designate Jose Molina For An Assignment

Marc Topkin Twitter

Reds At Least Considering Trading Big Names, Reducing Payroll

It’s public knowledge that the Reds are open to trading a starting pitcher. They need to be proactive, considering four of their starters — Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Mike Leake and Alfredo Simon — are entering their free-agent years.

Fox Sports

Renovations On Tap For AutoZone Park

The Memphis Redbirds are about to launch significant changes to AutoZone Park.
Memphis Daily News

Memphis Redbirds LLC has applied for a permit to launch a $3.5 million renovation at baseball stadium AutoZone Park in Downtown Memphis.
Biz Journal

Cardinals Rumors: Jon Lester Edition

Soon after the St Louis Cardinals dealt Shelby Miller to the Braves for Jason Heyward, the team was linked to free agent ace Jon Lester. Despite not being the most likely move of the offseason, there is still a chance the Cardinals could sneak up and snag Lester off the market, rounding out their rotation and gaining yet another ace.

ISportsWeb

Blue Jays Do Not Have Offer For Pablo Sandoval

Shi Davidi Twitter

Five Great Plays By Jason Heyward

Just so you know — and I’m sure you do by now — the Cardinals acquired the best defensive right fielder in baseball when they traded for the Braves’ Jason Heyward earlier this week.

KMOX

Red Sox Very Serious About Andrew Miller

Jason Mastrodonato Twitter

Red Sox Have Not Made Offer To Pablo Sandoval

Gordon Edes Twitter

Cardinals Making Plans To Use Oscar Taveras' Death To Educate Others

Alex Reyes will get off a plane in the Dominican Republic on Thursday, ready to spend the next two months working out in preparation for the 2015 baseball season.

STL Sports Page

Padres Still In Mix For Yasmany Tomas

Kiley McDaniel Twitter

Rob Manfred Given Five-Year Term As Baseball Commissioner

Praising the transition as quick and orderly, Bud Selig announced Thursday that baseball owners unanimously approved a five-year term for Rob Manfred, who will succeed the longtime commissioner early next year.

KMOV

Braves Enter Yasmany Tomas Sweepstakes As Derby Expands

The Atlanta Braves have entered the Yasmany Tomas sweepstakes as a dark horse.

CBS Sports

The Curious Case Of Yoan Moncada

A popular topic of discussion lately has been about a teenage Cuban infielder who is set to absolutely shatter the recently set record for a player subject to the international bonus pools. What makes him so much better than any other recent international free agent like Dermis Garcia, Adrian Rondon, Gilbert Lara, or Eloy Jimenez? A potentially elite player who could be major league ready before he can legally buy a beer in the States, and that's only two years from now.

Minor League Ball

Choosing Carlos Martinez Over Shelby Miller

Let's put Jason Heyward aside for a while to discuss one of the more intriguing aspects of the Cardinals-Braves trade -- at least from the St. Louis standpoint.

Bernie Bytes

White Sox Claim Onelki Garica Off Waivers From The Dodgers

The Chicago White Sox announced the following seven roster moves:

Chicago-A Official Site

Angels Don't Seem Eager To Trade Howie Kendrick

Howie Kendrick is drawing the most trade interest among Angels players this winter, which is hardly a surprise.

LA Times

Blue Jays Pursuing Torii Hunter

Ken Rosenthal Twitter

Phillies Backing Off Yasmany Tomas

The Phillies, once considered favorites to land free agent outfielder Yasmany Tomas, have cooled on the idea of signing the 23-year-old Cuban defector, according to Major League sources.

Hot Stove MLB Blog

Yankees Sign International Free Agent Bryan Emery

Colombian outfielder Bryan Emery, the No. 23 international prospect for July 2, has signed with the Yankees.

Baseball America

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 11-20-14: Ronald Castillo Drives In Three Runs; Ronnierd Garcia Hits A Two-Run Homer; Breyvic Valera Hits A Solo Home Run

Cardinals Winter League

Cardinals' Big Deal Has Readers Asking: What's Next?

A few minutes before the Chat to be Named Later was set to start Monday morning at StlToday.com, news broke and, in another way, so did the chat.

Bird Land

Dioner Navarro Seeks Trade Following Russell Martin Signing

Russell Martin is a terrific catcher and leader, but some are wondering about the Blue Jays' choice to sign him since they already had a fine starting catcher.

CBS Sports

Cardinals Nation To Host Brunch With Santa & Fredbird On December 7, 2014

On Sunday, December 7th, the Cardinals are hosting the first-ever 'Brunch with Santa and Fredbird' at the new Cardinals Nation Restaurant and Bar inside Ballpark Village.

St. Louis Official Site

Braves Meeting With Jon Lester Thursday

Jayson Stark Twitter

Yasmany Tomas Expected To Meet With Teams At Winter Meetings

Barring a team stepping out quickly with the right number, the plan calls for free agent Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas to attend baseball's winter meetings, which begin Dec. 8 at San Diego. So don't expect a signing before then.

CBS Sports

Free Agent Profile: Max Scherzer

2013 Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer is the prize of the free agent market after another superb season. He’s a strikeout machine with a strong record of durability, and agent Scott Boras will be seeking a precedent-setting contract.

MLB Trade Rumors

White Sox, Mariners, & Orioles Interested In Melky Cabrera

The White Sox, who seek a left-handed hitter, are considering a pursuit of free-agent outfield star Melky Cabrera.

CBS Sports

Didi Gregorius Drawing Trade Interest

Ken Rosenthal Twitter

Plenty Of Potential Suitors For Max Scherzer In Free Agency

Max Scherzer's name isn't prominent early in free agency, but that's to be expected. Scherzer's agent, Scott Boras, is Mr. January, not Mr. November.

Fox Sports

Should The Cardinals Sign Max Scherzer?

Should the St. Louis Cardinals sign free agent Max Scherzer?

Redbird Rants

Delmon Young Looking For Two-Year Deal

The Orioles remain open to re-signing free agent outfielder Delmon Young, who evolved into baseball's best pinch-hitter this season. However, Young is looking for a two-year deal, which doesn't figure to provide a match.

MASN Sports

Are The Cardinals Plotting A Big Move?

I’m going to break one of my rules by playing a little fantasy baseball today. No, I’m not joining a league for 2015. This is more about fantasizing. And wondering if Cardinals GM John Mozeliak is plotting to shock the baseball establishment by throwing down megadollars in the purchase of a free-agent starting pitcher.

Bernie Bytes