St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As they met this week with agents for free-agent infielders who have caught their eye this winter, the Cardinals acknowledged that whatever they could offer in salary or interest they couldn’t match in the key part of any sales pitch. They don’t have playing time to guarantee. They have a..." December 12
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "After spending the fall embracing questions about the “Cardinal Way” and eagerly describing their organizational commitment to demand higher standards from players on and off the field, the Cardinals seemed an unlikely team this winter to test baseball’s new morality. Yet there they were a few..." December 11
Hardball Talk "Joe Torre and Sandy Alderson just announced that the MLB Rules Committee has voted to outlaw collisions at home plate. The decision is now subject to approval by the players. If the players do not approve the rule change it will not go into effect in 2014, but MLB would be able to unilaterally..." December 11
Hardball Talk "At a time when concussions have become the most significant injury on the minds of athletes, coaches, teams and — increasingly — the legal system, baseball will move today to consider abolishing home plate collisions. As Derrick Goold reported this morning, this past weekend, team trainers and..." December 11
ESPN.com "Mark Mulder, a two-time All-Star and former staff pillar with the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals, is trying to make a comeback. Mulder, 36, retired in 2009 after two surgeries on his left shoulder had reduced his effectiveness and sapped his hopes of pitching at an elite level again...." December 10
Agreement in place between NPB-MLB on new posting system. Last hurdle is MLB exec council must approve, which is expected this week
MLB.com "Former managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Expansion Era committee. La Russa, Torre and Cox rank third, fourth and fifth in managerial victories in Major League history, each winning more than 2,000..." December 09
CBSSports.com "There is "lots of interest" in 23-year-old Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. He is eligible to sign on Feb. 19 after being suspended a year for falsifying his age. The Yankees, Blue Jays, Giants, Dodgers, Cardinals and Braves were among the teams with a "large..." December 09
CBSSports.com "Free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran agreed to sign with the Yankees Friday night, but he didn't accept the highest offer. One might recall that earlier this past week, there was a report saying Beltran had received a three-year, $48 million offer from an anonymous (at the time) ballclub. He..." December 07
ESPN Boston "Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington announced the signing of right-handed relief pitcher Edward Mujica to a two-year contract Saturday. The deal is worth $9.5 million over the two years, a baseball source told ESPNBoston.com on Thursday, when the agreement was first reported. The..." December 07
New York Daily News "The Yankees struck quickly after losing Robinson Cano to the Mariners Friday, agreeing to a three-year, $45 million deal with outfielder Carlos Beltran, according to a baseball official with knowledge of the deal. Beltran, who will be 37 in April, figures to be the Yankees’ regular right..." December 06
CSN Chicago "The Cubs are looking for a closer and John Axford has already posted the personal classified ad on his Twitter account. “MST (Man Seeking Team),” Axford wrote. “Tall athletic male with blue/green eyes and a love for film and mustaches seeking loving team for employment!” There’s mutual..." December 06
Sources: #Royals have not offered Beltran $48 million for three years. To get to that level, ownership likely would need to intervene.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Miami Marlins are adding a veteran bat to their infield, just not at the position most anticipated. A league source confirmed a Fox Sports report that Rafael Furcal has agreed to a one-year deal to be the club's starting second baseman. The contract is believed to include a $3 million to..." December 06
Yahoo! Sports "Reliever Edward Mujica and the Boston Red Sox have agreed on a two-year, $9.5 million deal, sources told Yahoo Sports. The deal is pending a physical, which Mujica is taking Thursday. Mujica spent almost all of last season as closer for the St. Louis Cardinals before losing his job to Trevor..." December 05
WEEI Boston "According to an industry source, while the Red Sox have been engaged in talks with free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, the team is unlikely to pursue a three-year deal for the 36-year-old. As a switch-hitting corner outfielder who hit .296/.339/.491 in 145 games for the Cardinals in 2013,..." December 04
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
Yankees have made offer to FA infielder Omar Infante, in addition to Drew, Ellsbury, Choo, Beltran, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me.
New York Post "Let the Battle for Beltran begin. Free-agent slugger Carlos Beltran is in Kansas City being wooed by the Royals, The Post has learned. The club is hoping for a big-bang reunion with Beltran, who began his career in Kansas City. Getting Beltran in pinstripes may be a little more difficult..." December 03
Carlos Beltran is said to have a three-year offer for $48 million in hand. Not sure if it's the Mariners, but Seattle is being aggressive.
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals decided that with their bullpen trending young and his salary certain to rise, they could part ways with reliever and former Brewers closer John Axford by not presenting him a contract before baseball’s deadline late Monday night. Axford woke up a free agent this morning. The..." December 03
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02
Redbird Rants "St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Bernie Miklasz warned us a while ago that the St. Louis Cardinals should trade Matt Adams at the own risk. Miklasz made this warning before the acquistion of Peter Bourjos and before Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus went off the market. Adams is..." December 01
ESPN New York "With Jhonny Peralta having signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and Stephen Drew likely beyond the Mets' spending appetite, the Mets are expressing interest in Rafael Furcal, the free-agent shortstop told Enrique Rojas at ESPNDeportes.com. "Many teams have shown interest," Furcal told Rojas in..." November 30
New York Post "The Yankees are viewed as the strong favorites to land Carlos Beltran. Multiple executives with whom I spoke said that was the expectation. “I think at this point it would be an upset if he didn’t end up there,” one executive said. The Yanks want to limit Beltran to a two-year contract, but..." November 30
Kansas City Star "Whenever and wherever the hard bargaining starts for free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, the Royals want at a seat at the table. How long they stay there depends on how rich the bidding becomes. “We’d love to have him in,” one Royals official said. “One thing about Carlos Beltran is he’s a..." November 30
Michigan Live "Carlos Beltran is widely considered to be one of the top outfielders available on the free-agent market this offseason. As such, he's reportedly drawn interest from a handful of teams, including the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles and Cincinnati Reds. And now it appears the Detroit..." November 28
Deadspin.com "Recently, as you may recall, we announced our plan to subvert the annual elections for baseball's Hall of Fame by buying votes from voters. Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of..." November 27
MLB.com "The induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July 28 could have a real Atlanta Braves flavor to it. Former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, each a 300-game winner, head a ballot stacked with superstar newcomers that will be studied by..." November 26
New York Post "Carlos Beltran wants a three-year deal and would like to call The Bronx home. The Yankees would love to plant him in right field, but aren’t willing to go beyond two years. Despite the difference, the industry buzz is the sides will eventually find common ground, and the switch-hitter will..." November 26
The Pirates are one of eight teams to check in on free agent SS Rafael Furcal, according to his agent
ESPN.com "The St. Louis Cardinals factored in Jhonny Peralta's drug suspension when they negotiated a four-year deal worth more than $50 million with the free agent shortstop. General manager John Mozeliak said Monday that Peralta had admitted wrongdoing and served his penalty, and that the Cardinals..." November 25
New York Daily News "One down, one to go. When the general managers’ meetings broke up less than two weeks ago, the Yankees planned on “moving fast” to secure free agents Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran. McCann agreed to a five-year, $85 million deal on Saturday to complete the first part of that plan. Is..." November 25
Foxsports.com "That’s it. The Jhonny Peralta contract will be a tipping point, leading to harsher penalties for players who are suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs. Prior to Peralta striking it rich, $16 million for two years seemed to be the standard free-agent deal for a position player coming..." November 25
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals are close to finalizing a multiyear deal with free-agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta, several sources have confirmed Sunday morning. The club has not commented on the deal. It is team policy to wait until the player passes a physical to acknowledge the deal. The agreement with..." November 24
Free agent Jhonny Peralta closing in on a deal with #STLcards, source confirms.
CSN Chicago "If the Cardinals were trying to pry Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar away from the Rangers, they struck out looking. Wednesday’s mega-deal between the Tigers and Rangers almost assures the Rangers will keep Profar and Andrus with Ian Kinsler gone. So where will the Cardinals look now to improve..." November 22
Mo on getting Wong 500 at-bats at 2B in 2014: 'that is absolutely what we’re looking at right now.' #stlcards
CBSSports.com "The Rangers, Mariners and especially his old Royals could become real threats to keep star free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran from returning east to the Yankees or Red Sox, according to people familiar with his talks. Kansas City is believed serious in its intention to bring him back. "They..." November 22
Hardball Talk "Well, that progressed from rumor to trade in a hurry. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Angels have traded center fielder Peter Bourjos to the Cardinals for third baseman David Freese. Obviously the Angels are betting that Freese will bounce back following a down 2013 and the..." November 22
FWIW, MLB exec w/ neither Cards nor Angels: Cards like Aybar but won't trade young SPs for him; Won't give up Freese for Bourjos alone.
Redbird Rants "During an afternoon press conference today, St. Louis Cardinals Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Bill DeWitt, Jr. announced that manager Mike Matheny was given a three year contract extension. General manager John Mozeliak was also on hand for the announcement. Mo really believes Matheny..." November 21