Cardinals Rumors & News

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Dexter Fowler reacts in perfect way to fans upset about recent comments on Trump

    CBS Sports "New Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler has been in spring training with his new club for a few days now, and over the weekend he managed to upset some fans. Fowler, whose wife was born in Iran, made some comments about President Donald Trump’s travel ban against seven predominantly Muslim..." February 20

  • Fowler reveals family affected by Trump's travel ban

    12 Up "The first few weeks of the Trump presidency have been controversial to say the least in the United States, with the low point likely being the travel 'ban' which effected people trying to fly into the U.S. from specific Muslim-majority countries. Of course, there are two sides to every coin,..." February 19

  • Cardinals and Yadier Molina have preliminary extension talks

    Fanrag Sports "Cardinals star catcher Yadier Molina’s agent Melvin Roman and general manager John Mozeliak had preliminary talks about a contract extension for the iconic player. The sides will remain engaged this spring, with both suggesting talks will likely be confined to the spring training that just..." February 17

  • Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes to have surgery, out for season

    ESPN "St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and will have season-ending Tommy John surgery, the team announced Wednesday. Reyes, a leading contender for National League Rookie of the Year, had an MRI on Tuesday afternoon. Dr. George..." February 15

  • Anderson, Wacha, Walker lose arbitration cases

    Fanrag Sports "Unlike three of their fellow first-year arbitration-eligible pitchers, Chase Anderson, Michael Wacha, and Taijuan Walker lost their arbitration cases Tuesday morning, bringing the final tally on such cases to 3-3. Anderson, a 29-year-old right-hander for the Milwaukee Brewers, will earn $2.45..." February 14

  • Alex Reyes has potentially season-ending injury to throwing arm

    Sportsnaut "According to Craig Mish of Sirius XM Radio, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes has a potentially season-ending injury following an MRI that was performed on his pitching arm Tuesday morning. The plan was for the 22-year-old to be in the starting rotation for St. Louis this season, but he..." February 14

  • 5 MLB teams that could disappoint in 2017

    Yardbarker "Pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training, and most teams have at least some optimism for the 2017 season. Some teams have higher hopes than others, with playoff appearances and World Series contention on their minds. Only ten teams can play into October, though, and here are a few..." February 14

  • Mike Matheny considers use of stats to be “personal attacks”

    Hardball Talk "101 ESPN’s Bernie Miklasz really laid into Cardinals manager Mike Matheny in a column published on Friday. Miklasz references an interview Matheny had with ESPN’s Mark Saxon during which the skipper attributed his team’s flaws with defense and running the bases to the young players on the roster...." February 13

  • With daughter urging him on, Lynn readies for spring training

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "With his 4-year-old daughter prodding him along – they had a date with Walt Disney World later in the day – Lance Lynn threw what could be the last bullpen session before the official start of spring training next week. Lynn, who is returning from Tommy John surgery, completed a swift,..." February 10

  • Matheny says Martinez can be the best pitcher in baseball

    ESPN "It’s so close now, you can almost hear the smack of a baseball hitting a catcher’s mitt and feel the warm, moist breeze. St. Louis Cardinals pitchers and catchers officially report Monday and begin workouts at the team’s spring training complex Tuesday in Jupiter, Florida. To get a jump on some..." February 10

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Aldermen ban smokeless tobacco at Busch Stadium and all other sports venues

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Board of Aldermen approved on Friday a sweeping ban on the use of smokeless tobacco products at all city sports venues from high school to the pros, including Busch Stadium. The all-inclusive ban prohibits fans and players alike from using chewing tobacco, dip or snuff while inside the..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Astros plan to use Cardinal bounty to add starting pitcher

    USA Today "Houston Astros owner Jim Crane pulls past the orange cones, into the dirt parking lot, and, in every direction he looks, sees scaffolding and men running in wearing hard hats. He walks inside the sprawling building, and there’s nothing but empty walls, unfinished floors, strewn plumbing..." February 03

  • Cardinals, Carlos Martinez agree to five-year extension, report says

    Sporting News "The Cardinals have locked up promising starting pitcher Carlos Martinez with a five-year contract worth $55 million, baseball insider Jon Heyman reported late Wednesday. The report said St. Louis will announced the deal Thursday morning. Martinez, 25, went 16-9 with a 3.04 ERA and 174..." February 02

  • Ex-Cardinals employee Chris Correa lashes out at MLB from prison

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, as you know, the Cardinals were fined $2 million and were ordered to surrender two draft picks as punishment for the acts of Chris Correa, their former scouting director, who hacked into the Houston Astros scouting and analytics database. Correa is serving 46 months in prison for his..." February 01

  • Cardinals deserved far worse punishment from MLB after hacking Astros

    Fox Sports "My first reaction? The Cardinals got off easy. Their top two picks from this year’s draft — Nos. 56 and 75 — are going to the Astros, along with the accompanying pool money. They also must pay the Astros $2 million within 30 days of Monday’s decision. I wish commissioner Rob Manfred had gone..." January 30

  • Cardinals fined $2 million, must send two draft picks to Astros as hacking penalty

    Hardball Talk "The punishment for the incident in which former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa hacked into the Houston Astros scouting and analytics database has been issued: The Cardinals have been fined $2 million and must surrender two draft picks to the Astros. The picks are their two..." January 30

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Royals, Brandon Moss Nearing Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "Free agent first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss is nearing an agreement with the Royals, reports ESPN’s Jim Bowden. Signing with the Royals would keep the 33-year-old Moss in Missouri, where he played the past season-plus as a member of the Cardinals. In 2016, his only full campaign in St...." January 29

  • As MLB ruling nears, new details of Cardinals' hacking of Astros account

    Houston Chronicle "A federal judge has unsealed details about former St. Louis Cardinals executive Chris Correa's hacking of the Astros' email and player evaluation databases, clearing the way for Major League Baseball to impose sanctions against the Cardinals as soon as this week. Three documents entered into..." January 29

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Cardinals still shopping for a lefthanded-hitting outfielder

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Although there are still a few sluggers out there who would alter the look of the Cardinals' lineup or bench, general manager John Mozeliak suggested Sunday that the team is more likely to stick with what it has in its lineup. That does not mean his winter shopping is over. The Cardinals..." January 17

  • 'Hackgate' punishment could come before spring training

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals could finally know their "Hackgate" punishment within weeks. "I expect, hope, that it will play out before the start of spring training," Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said Monday. "I know the goal is, for the commissioner, to get things completed by late January, hopefully..." January 17

  • Cards' Harris, Gonzales healthy, ready to compete

    MLB.com "Marco Gonzales and Mitch Harris, a pair of pitchers who had their 2016 seasons scrapped due to injury, are both positioned to be at or near the end of their rehab programs when the Cardinals open Spring Training next month. Harris, who underwent a repair on his right elbow ligament in June, is..." January 16

  • The Cardinals could go to an arbitration hearing for the first time since 1999

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Darren Oliver spent two of his 20 seasons in the majors with the Cardinals, and since he last threw a pitch for the team two U.S. presidents have come and gone and a third is on the way, Twitter was invented, and the Cubs and Red Sox have both ended their curses. And, yet, soon, the Cardinals..." January 16

  • Cardinals closer Oh Seung-hwan added to nat'l team for World Baseball Classic

    Yonhap News Agency "St. Louis Cardinals closer Oh Seung-hwan on Wednesday was added to the national baseball team for the upcoming World Baseball Classic (WBC). Despite recording 19 saves with a 1.92 ERA as a major league rookie last year, Oh was initially kept off the 28-man roster announced in November because..." January 16

  • Anthony Rizzo’s hilarious greeting to Dexter Fowler: ‘I can’t talk to you anymore’

    Chicago Tribune "Anthony Rizzo had a few words for Dexter Fowler at Kris Bryant’s wedding last weekend. “I said it’s 2017, so I can’t talk to you anymore,” Rizzo said jokingly to his former teammate, who signed last month with the rival St. Louis Cardinals. “But it’s just a friendly rivalry. I want to see him..." January 14

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Cardinals, Matt Adams Avoid Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals and first baseman Matt Adams have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.8MM, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports (on Twitter). That figure is an exact match with the projection from MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz. Adams, 28, missed roughly three weeks of the..." January 12

  • Seth Maness a trailblazer? New surgery for elbow repair cut recovery time

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When Seth Maness shut his eyes before a surgeon opened his right elbow, the former Cardinals reliever was not sure what awaited him on the other side of sleep. The troublesome ligament in his throwing arm had to be fixed and a complete reconstruction would mean missing an entire season. He went..." January 11

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Brandon Moss drawing interest from Orioles

    Hardball Talk "The Orioles netted a serviceable outfielder and potential leadoff hitter in Seth Smith during Friday’s trade with the Mariners, but comments from Baltimore GM Dan Duquette suggest that the club’s search for outfield depth isn’t quite over. The latest name to pop up on their radar could be that of..." January 07

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces?

    MLB.com "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05