Friday, October 31, 2014

Bernie Miklasz Joins The Fast Lane To Discuss Oscar Taveras' Funeral

Lead Columnist for the St. Louis Post Dispatch Bernie Miklasz joins The Fast Lane to discuss Oscar Taveras' funeral, and preview the Rams/49ers game.

101 ESPN

Ned Yost Has Minor Skin Cancer Surgery On Nose

Royals manager Ned Yost delayed his return home to Georgia to undergo a skin cancer procedure on his nose on Friday in Kansas City.

Kansas City Official Site

Colby Lewis Will Test Free Agent Market

Anthony Andro Twitter

Derrick Goold On The Home Stretch 10-31-14

Inside STL

The Hall Of Fame Case For Ken Boyer

One of the all-time great Cardinals, the late Ken Boyer, has another chance to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Bernie Bytes

Rockies Exercise LaTroy Hawkins' 2015 Option

Colorado Official Twitter

Rockies Could Target Luke Gregerson & Pat Neshek

In the bullpen, righty Luke Gregerson's experience in the National League West with the Padres, before pitching for the Athletics this past season, makes him a prime candidate for a multiyear deal. Colorado also should make phone calls to Pat Neshek, Andrew Miller and Rafael Soriano.

Colorado Official Site

Angels Putting David Freese On Trading Block

Expect a different look in the Angels' infield next season.

Fox Sports

Cardinals Options To Replace Mike Aldrete As Bench Coach

Amidst the tragedy that was dealing with the death of outfielder Oscar Taveras, the Cardinals found out this week they would have to replace a member of their coaching staff in Mike Aldrete. The bench coach for the last three seasons under Mike Matheny bolted St. Louis for Oakland in order to be closer to home.

KMOV

Raul Ibanez Curious About Yankees' Hitting Coach Opening

The Yankees and Raul Ibanez have discussed him becoming the club’s hitting coach and he is curious about the possibility, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

NY Post

Brewers Exercise Aramis Ramirez' 2015 Mutual Option

Jon Heyman Twitter

Rays Exercise Ben Zobrist's 2015 Option

Tampa Bay Official Twitter

Athletics Claim Andrew Brown Off Waivers From Mets

The A's made a pair of moves on Friday, claiming outfielder Andrew Brown off waivers from the Mets and adding Triple-A infielder Tyler Ladendorf to their 40-man roster.

Oakland Official Site

Cardinals Activated Jaime Garcia & Shane Robinson From The 60-Day Disabled List

Cardinals Official Site

Indians Most Likely Won't Bring Jason Giambi Back In 2015

Paul Hoynes Twitter

Tigers Make Qualifying Offer To Max Scherzer

Detroit Official Twitter

Offseason Primer: Breaking Down Free Agency & Arbitration

As baseball heads into the offseason, the action moves away from the field and into the front office. Clubs have already begun their internal house cleaning as they prep for the pursuit of free agents, and the following is a primer for fans who are tracking the complicated processes of free agency and arbitration.

KMOV

Braves Expected To Talk To A.J. Pierzynski Before Considering Re-Signing Gerald Laird

Laird, who served as a solid clubhouse presence the past two years, is capable of serving as a valuable mentor for Christian Bethancourt, who is expected to enter the 2015 season as Atlanta's primary catcher. But before bringing Laird back, the Braves are expected to talk to A.J. Pierzynski and David Ross about the possibility of handling the backup job.

Atlanta Official Site

New Jersey Trades Anthony Ferrara To Joplin

Can Am League Twitter

A Look At The Cardinals' Five Free Agents

Good morning to the BFIB on this Halloween.

Bernie Bytes

Josh Johnson Will Test Free Agency

Chris Cotillo Twitter

Examining The Cardinals' Upcoming Free Agency & Arbitration Decisions

Money. In the end, isn’t it always about money?

KMOV

Cardinals Shopping For Complementary Pieces

Just two days after falling to the Giants in the National League Championship Series, the Cardinals' brass and coaching staff gathered at Busch Stadium to consider how to improve their club for 2015. That planning process moved to the back burner recently as the organization mourned the death of young outfielder Oscar Taveras, but with the World Series over and free agency to begin after 11 p.m. CT on Monday, the Cards must again look ahead.

St. Louis Official Site

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 10-3-14: Ronnierd Garcia Collects Three Singles, One Home Run; & Five RBIs In Two Games; C.J. Beatty Hits A Two-Run Homer; Richard Castillo Strikes Out Two Over Three Scoreless Innings

Cardinals Winter League

Red Sox Expected To Talk To Max Scherzer & James Shields, Eye Pablo Sandoval

Max Scherzer and James Shields are two other free-agent starters who are going to receive a lot of interest, and Boston is sure to at least explore talks with both right-handers.

Boston Official Site

Thieves Steal Equipment From Post-Dispatch Journalists At Funeral For Oscar Taveras

There are few circumstances in which good journalists want to become a story rather than cover one, but through no fault of their own two Post-Dispatch staffers became the center of attention while reporting on developments this week in a foreign country.

Post-Dispatch

Could Pat Nehsek Be A Bullpen Target For Blue Jays?

Pat Neshek enjoyed a career year in 2014 for the St. Louis Cardinals. The 34-year old reliever signed a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training, which he quickly turned into an All Star appearance as the set up man for Trevor Rosenthal. With the Toronto Blue Jays looking to improve their bullpen this offseason, could Pat Neshek be a name that Alex Anthopoulos considers?

Jays Journal

Cartoon: Remembering Oscar Taveras

The St. Louis community was deeply affected by the death of St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Oscar Tavares this week.

Biz Journal

Brewers Decline 2015 Option On Rickie Weeks

Milwaukee Official Twitter

Pay Bumps: Sizing Up The Arbitration-Eligible Cardinals

Over the past three seasons, Lance Lynn has provided the Cardinals with one of the best values in baseball.

Fox Sports Midwest

Free Agent Profile: Jed Lowrie

Deciding how to frame Jed Lowrie’s entry to the free agent market depends heavily upon one’s perspective: did his failure to match his excellent 2013 campaign constitute a disappointment, or was 2014 another solid year as a regular that cements Lowrie’s status as an everyday player? After all, the CAA client had never made more than 387 plate appearances in a season until last year, yet now steps onto the market as one of the best available shortstops.

MLB Trade Rumors

Report: Softbank To Offer Daisuke Matsuzaka Big Deal

Daisuke Matsuzaka at the end of the season left open the possibility of returning to Japan, saying his priority is to return to a starting rotation.

ESPN

Future Cardinals Reflect On The Life, Impact Of Oscar Taveras

Exploring the impact of the late Oscar Taveras.

Viva El Birdos

Yankees Interested In Raul Ibanez

The Yankees also must settle on a hitting coach and a first base coach. They are interested in talking to Raul Ibanez about the hitting coach gig, and Dante Bichette, one of Joe Girardi’s best friends, and James Rowson loom as other potential candidates. There’s speculation that Rowson could work as an assistant hitting coach. Former Rookie of the Year Pat Listach, who was the Astros’ third base coach last year, could be a candidate for the first base coach job.

NY Daily News

Audio: Five Oscar Taveras Memories

The tragic death of Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend on Sunday led to some pretty emotional memories for Cardinals fans, members of the St. Louis community, and of course, the Cardinals organization. I wanted to share a few of these memories with you, both significant moments in a career far too short, and words from those who knew Oscar best. Without further ado:

KMOX

Cardinals Exercise Team Option On John Lackey; Cardinals Lead Golden Era Nominees; Five Cardinals File For Free Agency

The Cardinals exercised the team-friendly option on pitcher John Lackey’s contract before the gates to free agency swung open Thursday, meaning the veteran starter will make the league minimum for 2015.

Post-Dispatch

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Five Enter Free Agency; Golden Era Hall Of Fame Ballot

Five St. Louis Cardinals players from the past season officially become free agents on Thursday morning–Mark Ellis, Justin Masterson, Jason Motte, Pat Neshek, and A.J. Pierzynski. All will be eligible to negotiate contracts with any team beginning at 12:01am ET on Tuesday, November 4th.

STL Baseball Weekly

Padres Decline To Pick Up Josh Johnson's 2015 Option

Corey Brock Twitter

Adam Wainwright & Rex Hudler On The Jim Edmonds, Tim McKernan, & T.J. Moe Show 10-30-14

Inside STL

Red Sox Hope To Meet With Jon Lester

Starting on Tuesday, the Red Sox can negotiate with free agents on other teams. And that could include a pitcher the Red Sox are extremely familiar with in lefty Jon Lester, the man they traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes back in July.

Boston Official Site

Timo Perez Retires

Licey Athletic Club last night dismissed as an active player peppery outfielder Timo Perez.  (Translated)

Licey Official Site

Cardinals Mulling Over Bench Coach Candidates

As the mourning for Oscar Taveras continues, Cardinals management knows they also have baseball decisions to make while working through their grief.

STL Sports Page

Ben Zobrist Option Decision Due By Saturday

The Rays first major decision of the off-season has to come by Saturday night.

Tampa Bay Times

Dan Haren Exercised 2015 Option With Dodgers

Dylan Hernandez Twitter

Josh Willingham Has Not Retired Yet

Chris Cotillo Twitter

Joe Strauss On The Home Stretch 10-30-14

Inside STL

Red Sox Sign Koji Uehara To 2-Year/$18M Extension

Alex Speier Twitter

Adam Wainwright: 'We'll Get Through This As A Unit'

Good afternoon ...

Bernie Bytes

Mariners Exercise 2015 Option On Hisashi Iwakuma

Shannon Drayer Twitter

Nationals Exercise Denard Span's 2015 Option

Adam Kilgore Twitter

Drew Silva On The Afternoon Delight 10-30-14

Inside STL

Cardinals Exercise Option To Bring Back John Lackey

In what was merely a formality, the Cardinals exercised their team option on right-handed starter John Lackey for 2015. The organization's decision to retain Lackey for another season was never in question.

St. Louis Official Site

Rockies Encouraged By Growth Of Resilient Adam Ottavino

The Rockies and right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino would rather not have gone through a disappointing performance in June. But the way Ottavino bounced back could be valuable information for his future.

Colorado Official Site

Kevin Youkilis Retires

Pro Star Management Twitter

Madison Bumgarner, Say Hello To Bob Gibson

Good day to one and all ...

Bernie Bytes

Ruben Amaro Unveils 'Phillies Way' Handbook

While two teams that did not win 90 regular-season games in 2014 played to the conclusion of the World Series, the Phillies huddled at their facility in Clearwater, Fla. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. unveiled The Phillies Way, a handbook distributed to all baseball personnel - coaches, scouts, athletic trainers included - during the team's organizational meetings this week.

Philadelphia Enquirer

Should Cardinals Pursue Pablo Sandoval?

With the World Series behind us, the hot stove period has officially arrived. So let me start the wild speculations and supposings by mentioning that I think San Francisco Giants free agent Pablo Sandoval might look pretty good in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform.

Cheap Seats Blog

Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Bob Howsam, & Jim Kaat Up For Hall Of Fame's Golden Era Ballot

Nine former players and one executive make up the 10-person National Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era ballot, which will be voted on Dec. 8 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.
St. Louis Official Site

Five of the 10 people who will comprise the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Golden Era ballot announced today have Cardinals connections, including longtime third baseman Ken Boyer, the Most Valuable Player in the National League in 1964 when the club won the World Series. The candidates will be voted on Dec. 8 at the winter meetings in San Diego.
Cardinal Beat

Adam Wainwright, Pat Neshek Headline Cardinals' GIBBY Nominations

The Cardinals' loss to the Giants in the National League Championship Series doesn't diminish the accomplishments of yet another 90-win campaign, one highlighted by several impressive individual performances.

St. Louis Official Site

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 10-30-14: Oscar Taveras Tribute In Dominican League; Jacob Wilson Singles, Triples, & Drives In Two Runs; Anderson Gerdel Strikes Out Three Over Five Scoreless Innings

Cardinals Winter League

Derrick Goold On The Morning After 10-30-14

Inside STL

Mike Maroth Moves Up To Coach Pitchers At Triple-A Toledo

The last time Mike Maroth took the mound in Toledo, he was trying to work his way back into the Tigers rotation. That was in 2006, after he underwent surgery to remove bone chips in his left elbow earlier that year.

Detroit Official Site

Rangers Make Offer To Colby Lewis

The Rangers have made an opening offer to free agent pitcher Colby Lewis and are awaiting feedback from his agent Alan Nero. One factor in the negotiations is Nero also represents manager Joe Maddon, who has opted out of his contract with the Rays, is also a free agent and has become the hottest topic in baseball during the World Series.

Postcards From Elysian Fields

Cardinals Arizona Fall League Overview

The caliber of play in the Arizona Fall League is roughly equivalent to Double-A, and most of its participants have reached that level or higher in the Minor Leagues. C.J. McElroy has yet to rise above Class A after four pro seasons, so he wasn't expecting the assignment.

St. Louis Official Site

Joe Maddon Could Elevate NL Central

Joe Maddon is taking the managerial helm of the Chicago Cubs today. That could make the deep National League Central ridiculously competitive.

Tipsheet

Mike Matheny Is Right, Cardinals Are Family

It’s difficult to comprehend what the Cardinals are going through in the aftermath of the death of teammate Oscar Taveras. The players are scattered all over the place, trying to settle into their offseason homes and routines.

Bernie Bytes

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Oscar Taveras Tribute Show 10-29-14

Today’s edition of St. Louis Baseball Weekly was dedicated to the memory of Oscar Taveras and featured a pair of interviews with the late St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, plus comments from General Manager John Mozeliak and a conversation with team chaplain Pastor Darrin Patrick.

STL Baseball Weekly

Free Agent Profile: Pat Neshek

Pat Neshek improbably went from minor league signee to All-Star setup man after signing late with the Cardinals last winter. He’ll now look to parlay the finest season of his career into his first multi-year deal on the free agent market.

MLB Trade Rumors

Report: Cubs Finalizing Deal To Hire Joe Maddon As Manager

The Chicago Cubs put themselves in the discussion for division contention Wednesday, hiring Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. The Cubs had been believed to be the top contender for Maddon, who opted out of his deal with Tampa Bay at the end of the season. Though the deal has not been officially confirmed, Heyman says it's all but complete.

KMOV

Jacob Wilson Gets Clutch Hit In Arizona Fall League Win

For eight innings Wednesday, Peoria's offense was silenced by Glendale's pitchers. Going into the ninth inning the Javelinas had just one run on six hits.

St. Louis Official Site

Audio: Jenifer Langosch & Anthony Castrovince Share Stories About Oscar Taveras

Cardinals reporter Jenifer Langosch and MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince remember Oscar Taveras by sharing stories about his life, as the baseball community mourns the loss of one of the game's most promising young players

St. Louis Official Site

Dan McLaughlin Discusses Oscar Taveras On The Fast Lane 10-29-14

Fox Sports Midwest Cardinals Broadcaster Dan McLaughlin joins The Fast Lane to discuss the tragic passing of Oscar Taveras.

101 ESPN

Reds Decline Option On Ryan Ludiwck

Chris Cotillo Twitter

Red Sox People Dispute Notion Coaches 'All Hate' Yoenis Cespedes

Red Sox people strongly deny the report their coaches "all hate" Yoenis Cespedes, and at the very least, that word choice seems like quite the exaggeration.

CBS Sports

Will Carroll Cautions About Adam Wainwright's Cleanup Procedure On The Kevin Wheeler Show 10-29-14

Will Carroll joined Kevin Wheeler to talk about the Jake Long injury, the worry with reinjuring the ACL, Adam Wainwright's surgery and why Will thinks there's more to be concerned with.

101 ESPN

Bob McClure Returning A Phillies Pitching Caoch

Every member of the Phillies coaching staff will return in 2015.

Philadelphia Official Site

Joe Strauss On The Morning After 10-29-14

Inside STL

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 10-29-14: Kender Villegas Strikes Out Four Over Five Scoreless Innings For The Win; Carlos Torres Singles & Drives In Two Runs; Jhonny Polanco Strikes Out One Over One Hitless/Scoreless Inning For The Save

Cardinals Winter League

Busch Stadium Lights Honor Oscar Taveras

The St. Louis Cardinals are paying tribute to the late Oscar Taveras.

KSDK

Tragic Cardinals Connections: Oscar Taveras, Charlie Peete

A highly regarded Cardinals outfield prospect died in a violent accident as he was on the verge of fulfilling his potential with the big-league club. The tragic story of Charlie Peete is chillingly similar to that of another star-crossed Cardinals phenom, Oscar Taveras.

RetroSimba

Kim Kwang-Hyun Says He's Ready For MLB

Soon to be made available for Major League Baseball clubs, South Korean left-hander Kim Kwang-hyun said he’s confident he will make a successful transition to the bigger stage.

Korean Herald

Yordano Venture Pays Tribute To Oscar Taveras With Outing

Yordano Ventura entered the biggest start of his life wearing a tribute to a friend who had his life cut tragically short, and the young Royals right-hander wore his emotions on his cap: RIP OT #18. Ventura's friend, Oscar Taveras, was on his mind, but his focus was obviously on the job at hand.
Kansas City Official Site

From the minute he learned that Oscar Taveras had died, Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura said his start in the World Series on Tuesday night would be dedicated to his close friend.
Fox Sports Midwest

Crowds Mourn 'El Fenomeno' Oscar Taveras In His Hometown

When he was about 5 years old, Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras coined a nickname for himself that several of the thousands of mourners who attended his funeral Tuesday in his hometown had on the backs of the jerseys they wore.
Post-Dispatch

Grief wore a diamond-stud earring, a fitted gray shirt with a black collar, two metal bracelets and one thick yellow rubber band that read "VIP: Lifestyles Resort."
St. Louis Official Site

Cardinals See Tragic Lesson In Oscar Taveras' Death

On the night before his friend’s death, Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez said he pleaded with Oscar Taveras, urged the rookie outfielder to come to a nearby resort, stay with his family, stay safe.

Post-Dispatch