Saturday, December 10, 2016

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 12-10-16: Kevin Herget Strikes Out Two & Holds Two Inherited Runners On Base Over One & A Third Scoreless Innings For The Save; Malik Collymore Singles & Hits A Three-Run Homer In Doubleheader; Raul Valdes 12th Pitcher In LIDOM History To Strike Out 400

Cardinals Winter League

Cardinals' Case For Mark Trumbo

Following the eye-popping signing of Dexter Fowler for 5 years, 82.5 million dollars, the Cardinals have established themselves as players in the free agent market.


With Dexter Fowler Signed, Cardinals Should Chase Edwin Encarnacion

On Friday the St. Louis Cardinals announced that they had signed center fielder Dexter Fowler to a five-year deal. The Cardinals signed Fowler for over $80 million but throwing that money at the 31-year-old was necessary as the Redbirds were in desperate need of a player who could spark the offense, as well as someone who could bring much-needed defense to the outfield.

Baseball Essential

Audio: John Mozeliak On What's Next

Now that the St. Louis Cardinals have completed the task of finding a new centerfielder in Dexter Fowler, what is next on General Manager John Mozeliak’s off-season checklist?

STL Baseball Weekly

Cardinals Organization Discussion

I am now working on the Houston Astros Top 20 Prospects list for 2017. The next team in line is the St. Louis Cardinals, To be followed by the Tampa Bay Rays, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Minor League Ball

Who Got The Better End Of The Jason Heyward-Dexter Fowler 'Swap'?

When the Cardinals signed Dexter Fowler to a five-year, $82.5 million deal on Friday, thoughts went immediately to comparing him with his former Cubs teammate Jason Heyward. It was the natural thing to do, given that just last December, Heyward left the Cardinals via free agency to sign with the rival Cubs for his own hefty contract.


How Airplane Passengers Helped Break The News Of Dexter Fowler's Cardinals Contract

Dexter Fowler never could have expected this when he boarded a flight from Las Vegas to St. Louis on Thursday night.

Fox Sports

Dexter Fowler's Cardinals Contract Hinges On His Plate Discipline

How plate discipline could help justify his new contract, even if his defense declines.

Beyond The Boxscore

Injuries Sidetrack Hector Luna's Stay In Japan

The NPB last week posted the rosters for each of the 12 Central and Pacific League teams, indicating which players remain on the register for 2017 and those who have been released and are under jiyu keiyaku, or free contract status.

Japan Times

Dexter Fowler Can Fundamentally Change Cardinals Culture For The Better

When he was hired before the 2012 season, Mike Matheny had zero professional managerial experience. That shift from the man who previously filled the role couldn’t have been more pronounced; Matheny replaced a manager in Tony La Russa who had been at it for 34 seasons, and who held as much influence on the organization as anybody, John Mozeliak included.


Cardinals Sign Dexter Fowler, Five-Years/$82.5M

The Cardinals broke out of their quiet off season on Friday morning when they announced the signing of free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler.


Friday, December 9, 2016

Worried About Matt Carpenter Leaving Leadoff Spot? Have Some Faith

A simple request: Will folks please press pause on the notion that Matt Carpenter won't hit like Matt Carpenter now that the Cardinals plan to to permanently dislodge him from the leadoff spot?


Cardinals Believe Dexter Fowler Brings 'Infectious' Personality To Club

The trio met in Clayton for a late dinner Thursday night, two former teammates and a boss they were about to share.


Dexter Fowler Wants To Win Another World Series - In Red

This story of a Cubs outfielder coming to St. Louis isn’t like that of Louis Clark Brock; it’s uncharted territory, as if something for the likes of Lewis and Clark. See, for the first time, a star player won the World Series with the Cubs and then signed with the Cards.


Frederich Cepeda & Others Added To Preliminary Cuban World Baseball Classic Roster

The National Baseball Commission expanded the number of athletes who will be selected in the round of planned reinforcement for the 29 coming by the four sets that will be in January in the postseason Series LVI.  (Translated)

Baseball de Cuba

Cardinals Interested In Bringing Back Eric Fryer

Derrick Goold Twitter

Finding Ten Good Homes For Edwin Encarnacion

Edwin Encarnacion entered the offseason as one of the three best free agents available, but as stars like Yoenis Cespedes, Dexter Fowler and Aroldis Chapman fall off the board, Encarnacion is available as his market remains a moving target. How can that be? Well, in part it's because there's a glut of 1B/DH types looking for teams this year, and it's also because he's 34 in January with a qualifying offer weighing him down. So while he's an elite hitter, there are a lot of factors here.

MLB Official Site

Is The Cardinals' Next Deal The One They Don't Make At All?

General Manager John Mozeliak and skipper Mike Matheny on Friday introduced a new center fielder to the St. Louis Cardinals’ fold.

Belleville News Democrat

Giants Checked In On Mark Reynolds

Alex Pavlovic Twitter

Brewers' Phil Bickford Suspended 50 Games For Drug Of Abuse

Bill Shaikin Twitter

Cubs-Cardinals Rivalry More Than Making Moves

Here's a word of advice to fans who follow the Cubs and the Cardinals.

MLB Official Site

Video: Why Dexter Fowler Chose No.25 With The Cardinals

Jersey No. 24 (retired for Whitey Herzog) wasn't available, so Dexter Fowler chose jersey No. 25. No, not because of Mark McGwire. But close.

Fox Sports Midwest

Video: Dexter Fowler Was In Dentist's Chair When John Mozeliak Rang

Dexter Fowler had his agent text a photo -- from the dentist's chair -- to prove he couldn't answer GM John Mozeliak's call when the deal was not yet done. Mo: "That was a first for me."

Fox Sports Midwest

Video: Dexter Fowler On New Teammate Matt Carpenter

Dexter Fowler knows and admires new Cardinals teammate Matt Carpenter: "He takes the close pitches like I do. ... I'm a fan."

Fox Sports Midwet

Dean Kiekhefer Cleared Waivers & Was Outrighed To Triple-A Tacoma

Ryan Divish Twitter

Dexter Fowler's Wife Pens Touching Note For Cubs Fans After He Signs With Cardinals

Dexter Fowler, a hero of the Chicago Cubs’ first World Series win in 108 years, did what he was expected to do in the offseason. He cashed in with a new team, and the new team happens to be the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago’s biggest rival.

For The Win

Derrick Goold Talks Dexter Fowler Pick Up On Writers' Block 12-9-16

Inside STL

Second Phase Of Ballpark Village Moves Forward Even As Aldermen Question Its Cost

The Board of Aldermen on Friday moved a step closer to granting the St. Louis Cardinals and the team's development partner, the Cordish Co., $16 million in tax incentives as part of the planned second phase of downtown's Ballpark Village.

The Anniston Star

Dexter Fowler Is The Player The Cardinals Needed

In 2016, the Cardinals struggled with baserunning, getting players on base in front of Matt Carpenter, and finding an elite center fielder. Dexter Fowler checks all the boxes.

Beyond The Boxscore

Dexter Fowler To Wear Mark McGwire's No.25, But He's Honoring Barry Bonds

Dexter Fowler has a smile as wide as a Phil Cuzzi strike zone. He's likable and loquacious and has a personality that when he says, “Nice to meet you,” he may, actually, honestly, find it nice to meet you.


Keith Law: "Dexter Fowler Is The One Free Agent That Could Help The Cardinals Take A Quantum Leap Forward"

101 ESPN

Ten Takeaways From The Cardinals' Signing Of Dexter Fowler

The Cardinals signed outfielder Dexter Fowler to the largest contract in franchise history for a player who was not already in the organization on Friday. Here are 10 takeaways from the deal:

STL Sports Page

Video: John Mozeliak 'It's An Exciting Day For The Cardinals'

GM John Mozeliak tells Jim Hayes that the signing of Dexter Fowler makes the Cardinals better in a lot of ways. Among them: "It's important to get a new voice, a new face, in that clubhouse."

Fox Sports Midwest

Video: Mike Matheny On Dexter Fowler 'This Is A Winning Player'

Mike Matheny goes out on a limb and says he sees Dexter Fowler batting at the top of the Cardinals' lineup. And that's just for starters.

Fox Sports Midwest

Birds Of A Feather: Dexter Fowler A Perfect Fit For Cardinals

The negotiations between Dexter Fowler and the Cardinals were nearing the home stretch this week when general manager John Mozeliak wanted to call the center fielder he was courting from the Winter Meetings. Fowler did not answer his phone, however.

St. Louis Official Site

Dexter Fowler Adds Skill, Charisma To Cardinals Clubhouse

Sometimes in order to fuel a revenge mission, one side must take from the enemy.


Cardinals Ink Dexter Fowler To Five-Year/$82.5M Contract

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today, in a press conference at Busch Stadium, that they have signed free-agent center fielder Dexter Fowler to a five-year contract that extends through the 2021 season. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
St. Louis Official Site

Though the Cardinals did not make any transactions during their four-day stay at the Winter Meetings, it did not take long after their return to St. Louis for them to complete their pursuit of a new center fielder.
St. Louis Official Site

When Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak outlined the traits he wanted to find in a new outfielder this winter, it became a long list that included on-base percentage, baserunning, agility in center field, a clubhouse presence, and on and on and on.
Bird Land

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today, in a press conference at Busch Stadium, that they have signed free-agent center fielder Dexter Fowler to a five-year contract that extends through the 2021 season. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The Cardinals now have the center fielder they have been looking for.

The St. Louis Cardinals on Friday announced the signing of Dexter Fowler, the former Cubs center fielder.

With a smile befitting his new free agent contract, Dexter Fowler was officially introduced as a St. Louis Cardinal on Friday.
STL Baseball Weekly

Even After Only Two Years & Cardinals Exit, Why Dexter Fowler Is Beloved By Cubs Fans

If there was ever a player who could go from the Cubs to the Cardinals -- or vice versa -- and still be beloved by the former team, it's Dexter Fowler.

CBS Sports

Dexter Fowler's Stats: Ten Charts That Tell The Story

A look at the career of Dexter Fowler, who signed with the Cardinals on Friday.


Rick Hummel On The Press Box 12-9-16

Inside STL

Signing Of Dexter Fowler Reflective Of Market, & Cardinals' Place Within It

After much wailing and gnashing of keys from Cardinal Nation, the team officially announced the signing of Dexter Fowler at a press conference Friday morning.


Dexter Fowler Is Reliable & Durable

“What I like about Fowler is his reliability,” the scout said. “Even though he missed a month last year because of a hamstring injury, he’s usually healthy and durable. You know what you’re going to get, solid production on offense and solid play on defense. That may not be sexy but it’s good to have dependability at a key position.”


Video: Cardinals Introduce Dexter Fowler

Dexter Fowler met the St. Louis media for the first time as a member of the Cardinals. Fowler signed a 5-year, $82.5 million contract after winning the World Series with the rival Cubs.


Did The Cardinals Overpay Dexter Fowler?

The St. Louis Cardinals have upgraded their outfield in free agency by adding centerfielder Dexter Fowler and will ultimately regret it. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Fowler has signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal with the Cardinals and the deal has a full no-trade clause.


Video: Dexter Fowler On His New Lid 'This Hat Looks Good'

Dexter Fowler says he liked what he saw in the mirror when he put on a Cardinals hat for the first time.

Fox Sports Midwest

Cubs Thank Dexter Fowler, Receive Compensation Pick

Dexter Fowler won't surprise his Cubs teammates by showing up in Mesa, Ariz., this spring. Instead, the next time they see him will likely be leading off for the Cardinals Opening Day on April 2 at Busch Stadium.

Chicago-N Official Site

The Cardinals Are Better For Signing Dexter Fowler. He's Worth The Money.

In a few moments, we’ll go down the list and dive into the particulars, one-by-one. But let’s begin by stating the obvious: given what the Cardinals need to improve in multiple areas for 2017, their free-agent purchase of Dexter Fowler checks off a lot of boxes.

101 ESPN

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 12-9-16: Luis Garcia Singles, Homers Twice, & Drives In Six Runs; Gerwuins Velazco Strikes Out Four Over Three Scoreless Innings; Jose Calero Strikes Out Three Over Five & A Third Scoreless Innings For The Win

Cardinals Winter League

Cardinals Have Not Contacted Edwin Encarnacion

Jim Bowden Twitter

Where Does Tyler Lyons Go From Here For The Cardinals?

Tyler Lyons has improved consistently since entering the league in 2013. But despite pitching strongly in 2015, he did not start a game. He responded by having his best season before its unfortunate end on the Disabled List. What can we expect from him in the future?


Cardinals Add Dexter Fowler, Bona Fide Busch Stadium Dinger-Masher

Free-agent outfielder Dexter Fowler has found a new home: the Cardinals.


Dexter Fowler Fits Cardinals Offense, But Not Defense

Many Cardinals fans are probably celebrating the team’s deal with free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler. However, I am still not sure about whether or not the Cardinals made a smart move. Here’s why.


Carlos Alberto Valencia, Hassan Pena, Olmo Rosario, Miguel Angel Gonzalez, Albino Contreras, Cyle Hankerd, & Travis Blackley All Suspended After Testing Positive For Some Type Of Drug

Before the suspension of laboratory functions CONADE, the Mexican Baseball League quote and examine different options such as the University of California, Cuba and Mexican laboratories laboratories.  (Translated)

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The Case For Cardinals Pursuing Mark Trumbo Or Edwin Encarnacion

On this freezing December day, let's look forward to April 2.


Astros Signed Cuban LHP Cionel Perez For $2M

Jesse Sanchez Twitter

Thursday, December 8, 2016

For Every Cardinals Need, Dexter Fowler Is An Answer

The St. Louis Cardinals' offseason search went from calculus-problem difficult to second-grade math the minute a trade that had nothing to do with them happened about a thousand miles away.


The Evolution Of Dexter Fowler Leads To Rejuvenation Of Cardinals

Dexter Fowler was just a guy.


Dexter Fowler Would Help Cardinals Get Back To Strengths

No, the Cardinals won't get better than the Cubs with this one potential move, regardless of how smart it appears to be. All the imminent signing of center fielder Dexter Fowler will do is close the gap.

St. Louis Official Site

Likely Dexter Fowler Deal Should Be Encouraging For Cardinals Fans

They had no choice. The Cardinals could no longer run in place while the rival Chicago Cubs sprinted further away from them this winter.


Dexter Fowler In St. Louis, 10AM Friday Press Conference Announced By Cardinals

Free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler arrived in St. Louis on Thursday night. The Cardinals announced that Fowler was coming to town to take a physical. The team did not announce Fowler’s signing with the Redbirds. However hours after Fowler arrived in town, the Cardinals announced a 10 AM press conference on Friday morning. It is speculated by several baseball sources that Fowler has passed the Cardinals team physical and will be signing a five year contract worth 80 to 90 million dollars.


Dexter Fowler & Adam Eaton Bring Similar, Notable Value

It has been a busy couple of days for top-of-the-order hitters moving to NL contenders, with the St. Louis Cardinals reportedly signing free agent Dexter Fowler away from the Cubs and the Washington Nationals trading for Adam Eaton. Each ranked as a high-end outfielder in 2016. Fowler had the first 4-WAR season of his career. Eaton, playing right field, turned in a 6-WAR season with the help of some outstanding defensive play.


Jorge Martinez Pitches Five Strong Innings For Lara

The Cuban Jorge Martinez pitched five strong innings and again turned to the pilot Luis Dorante. Cuba based on its combination of shipments managed to hang on to the eastern toleterĂ­a. It is the fourth win of the campaign for the right that has been vital piece in the rotation of the larenses.  (Translated)

Lara Official Site

Cardinals Rumored To Have Signed Dexter Fowler At Five-Years/$80M

Dexter Fowler was one of the most sought-after outfielders on the free agent market, but MLB’s Winter Meetings came and went without an agreement in place with the will-be-31-year-old center fielder. That changed not long after, as Fowler has agreed to a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, sources tell FanRag Sports.


Rockies Rumors: Latest On Charlie Blackmon & Mark Trumbo Talk

Baseball’s winter meetings may have concluded but that doesn’t mean the rumors surrounding the Colorado Rockies have died down.

Rox Pile

Dexter Fowler Arrives In St. Louis; Cardinals Nearing Deal With Centerfielder

When outfielder Dexter Fowler stepped off his flight at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Thursday night, set to become the Cardinals’ next center fielder, a Southwest Airlines employee greeted with him a bag of peanuts.


Cardinals Nearing Deal With Dexter Fowler

Though the Cardinals did not make any transactions during their four-day stay at the Winter Meetings, it did not take long after their return to St. Louis for them to complete their pursuit of a new center fielder.
St. Louis Official Site

Unable to find a trade that would satisfy their need and their wants, the Cardinals upped their offer to Dexter Fowler and hope to finalize a deal with him shortly, sources told The Post-Dispatch.

KMOX’s Mike Claiborne has confirmed that free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler is in St. Louis and will take a physical for the Cardinals on Friday.

Dexter Fowler is coming to St. Louis, according to a report.

The Cardinals watched last winter as the Chicago Cubs signed away two of their free agents, Jason Heyward and John Lackey. They could be about to return the favor by signing outfielder Dexter Fowler.
STL Sports Page

Cardinals Made Over-The-Top Offer To Lock In Dexter Fowler

Derrick Goold Twitter

Dexter Fowler Heading To St. Louis For Physical

The Cardinals may be close to getting the center fielder they have been looking for.


Braves Traded Tyrell Jenkins To Rangers

Keith Law Twitter

What If Albert Pujols Came Back To The Cardinals?

The Winter Meetings and the St. Louis Cardinals haven't stuffed the stocking of their fans just yet.


Greg Amsinger On Writers' Block 12-8-16

Inside STL

Cubs Signed Koji Uehara For One-Year/$4.5M

Nikkan Sports

Miguel Cabrera Should Be On Cardinals

Miguel Cabrera has made it very clear that, although he would prefer to stay in Detroit, he would accept a trade sending him away from the Motor City. Let’s take a look at what the Red Birds could potentially do to bring the all-time great slugger into a Cardinal uniform.


Jenifer Langosch: "The Cardinals Found The Trade Market To Be Tougher To Crack Than They Expected"

101 ESPN

Nationals Asked Rockies About Charlie Blackmon

Jon Heyman Twitter

Tigers Not Involved In Andrew McCutchen Or Ben Revere

Jon Morosi Twitter

Jason Beck Twitter

Rob Rains On The Press Box 12-8-16

Inside STL

If The Cardinals Want Dexter Fowler & He's Willing To Play Here, Then Pay The Man. Problem Solved.

Sportswriters and broadcasters have been writing or saying this for decades:

101 ESPN

Cardinals Leave Emptyhanded, But Learn Plenty At Meetings

A Winter Meetings stay that included myriad discussions with agents and clubs, as well as internal debate about the optimal way to solve their outfield void, ended without the Cardinals completing any actual transaction. They hope, however, that the work done over their four-day stay outside Washington, D.C., formed the foundation for future action.

St. Louis Official Site

Matt Holliday Just Made Sure He Never Will Have To Play For The Athletics Again

Matt Holliday really doesn’t want to play for the Oakland A’s again.

Fox Sports

Cardinals Lose Allen Cordoba, Add Austin Wilson In Rule 5 Draft

A year after the Padres snagged a promising pitching prospect from the Cardinals in the Rule 5 Draft to assist in their rebuilding efforts, San Diego went after St. Louis' talent again. This time it was plucking infielder Allen Cordoba, who led the Appalachian League in batting average this past season and was ranked as the organization's 19th-best prospect in MLB Pipeline, with the third overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday.
St. Louis Official Site

For the second consecutive winter, the San Diego Padres, disinterested in contending, took a young, upside prospect from deep inside the Cardinals' organization with an intent to let him grow on the job, in the majors.
Bird Land

When the Cardinals had to make decisions about which prospects to add to the 40-man roster this winter, they took a calculated risk that a major-league team would not select a player who was still in rookie ball, knowing that to keep him he would have to remain on their major-league roster for all of next season.
STL Sports Page

Padres Interested In Jose Iglesias

A.J. Cassaell Twitter

Derrick Goold Discusses Cardinals' Search For Outfielder From MLB Winter Meetings On The Morning After 12-8-16

Inside STL

Andrew McCutchen Likely To Be With Pirates On Opening Day

The Winter Meetings officially ended Thursday morning with the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft, and Andrew McCutchen was still a Pirate.

Pittsburgh Official Site

Cardinals Winter League Notebook 12-8-16: Randy Ruiz Named 2016 MVP For LBSDA; Leobaldo Pina Singles & Drives In Three Runs; Ildemaro Vargas Collects Two Singles, One Walk, & Two RBIs

Cardinals Winter League

Yankees Turned Down Offers For Chase Headley

Bryan Hoch Twitter

How Cardinals Took A Chance On Roger Maris

Weakened by injuries that stripped him of his power and reduced his mobility, Roger Maris appeared unwanted and was considering retiring after the 1966 season, five years after he hit 61 home runs for the Yankees and broke Babe Ruth’s major-league record. Unexpectedly, the Cardinals took a chance on him.


Dodgers Selected Kyle Grana From Cardinals In 2016 Rule 5 Draft With The 2nd Round, 33rd Overall Pick In The Triple-A Phase

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Cardinals Select Austin Wilson From Mariners In 2016 Rule 5 Draft With The First Round, 15th Overall Pick In The Triple-A Phase

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Angels Select Matt Williams From Cardinals In 2016 Rule 5 Draft With The First Round, 8th Overall Pick Of The Triple-A Phase

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Padres Select Allen Cordoba From Cardinals In The 2016 Rule 5 Draft With First Round, 3rd Overall Pick

J.J. Cooper Twitter

Is Retail Therapy Answer For Cardinals' Winter Meetings Inaction?

Adam Eaton profiled as perhaps the perfect acquisition for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was the 11th-best position player in the major leagues last season based on FanGraphs' WAR. He is one of the best defensive outfielders in the game and is playing under a contract that over the next five seasons figures to pay him $38.5 million. That's roughly half of what one team, the Colorado Rockies, committed Wednesday to Ian Desmond, who didn't fare nearly as well in most metrics. And at 28, Eaton is three years younger than Desmond.


Red Sox Making Clay Buchholz Available

Dave Dombrowski noted Wednesday night that the Red Sox had spent the day fielding calls from teams interested in some of their starting pitchers. Specifically, the president of baseball operations noted, the focus from other clubs were on Eduardo Rodriguez, Drew Pomeranz, Steven Wright and Clay Buchholz.

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