Cardinals Rumors & News

  • Cardinals go 'over the top' to catch Fowler

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "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 the company's signature peanuts. He’ll go nuts for St. Louis, the official..." December 09

  • Angels Asked Cardinals About Kolten Wong

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels asked the Cardinals about second baseman Kolten Wong this week, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation tweets. The Cardinals, though, greatly prefer to keep Wong, as MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch explained earlier this week. They see Wong’s defensive ability as a plus, manager Mike Matheny..." December 08

  • Fowler agrees to deal with Cardinals, source says

    ESPN "Dexter Fowler is set to switch teams in the National League Central. The center fielder will be in St. Louis on Friday for a physical with the Cardinals after the sides agreed to a deal Thursday, sources told ESPN's Mark Saxon, confirming a story first reported by KSDK-TV. The agreement..." December 08

  • Matt Holliday’s Yankees’ deal has no-trade clause to one team

    Sportsnaut "Matt Holliday is making it pretty darn clear that he doesn’t want to play baseball in one city. Outside of potentially visiting Oakland as a member of the New York Yankees, the veteran has no intention of repeating his nightmarish half season with the Athletics. According to Chris Cotillo of SB..." December 08

  • Cardinals Make Fowler an Offer

    Fox Sports "The Cardinals met Monday with the agents for free-agent center fielder Dexter Fowler and made him an initial offer, according to major-league sources. The St. Louis interest in Fowler is no secret. The Blue Jays have made Fowler a four-year offer in the $60 million range, according to MLB..." December 06

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Cardinals 'have kept tabs on' CF Lorenzo Cain

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "As the Cardinals intensify their pursuit of the next outfielder they hope can update the look of their future lineups, three outfielders who they’ve turned to for that in the past already have found new homes. On the eve of baseball’s annual winter meetings, Matt Holliday agreed to a one-year,..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Yankees land their DH in Matt Holliday

    New York Post "The compensation draft pick it would have cost to sign Edwin Encarnacion to a multi-year deal for big money didn’t appeal to the Yankees. Signing Carlos Beltran, 40 in April, didn’t light a fire for them, even if the switch hitter had a good year in The Bronx before being dealt to the Rangers..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • Braves acquire Jaime Garcia from the Cardinals

    Hardball Talk "The Braves have acquired starter Jaime Garcia from the Cardinals in exchange for prospects, ESPN’s Mark Saxon reports. The Cardinals exercised Garcia’s $12 million club option for the 2017 season last month. He can become a free agent going into the 2018 season. Garcia, 30, was able to pitch a..." December 01

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Cardinals Have Interest In Justin Turner

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals have at least some interest in free agent third baseman Justin Turner, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network (Twitter link). It is not apparent from the report whether the club has spoken to Turner’s representatives. As things stand, St. Louis appears to have a full slate of..." November 29

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • How the Cardinals hope to take advantage of the Cubs' championship

    Fox Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals no longer have those century-old bragging rights over the Chicago Cubs, but that isn’t all bad. Tickets to games between the NL Central rivals are usually hot items, and the Cardinals apparently are willing to take advantage not only of the high demand but also the Cubs’..." November 23

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • Cardinals agree to 4-year deal with Brett Cecil

    TSN "Brett Cecil is sticking with the birds, but of a different feather. The former Toronto Blue Jays left-handed reliever has signed a four-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, reports Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan. The deal could be in excess of $30 million and is pending a physical. The..." November 19

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • Five potential MLB trades that make too much sense

    Sportsnaut "The 2016-17 season has already yielded a few MLB trades, but there are more to be made. Which ones make the most sense for all teams involved? Where should All-Star pitchers like Sonny Gray and Chris Sale wind up? Can the Red Sox find a home for Pablo Sandoval? How can the champs improve? Would..." November 14

  • Matt Holliday reportedly says he would consider the Rockies in free agency

    The Sports Daily "Matt Holliday officially became a free agent this week, and the outfielder is not ruling out a return to where it all started for him 13 years ago. Holliday told Troy E. Renck of Denver’s KMGH-TV 7 on Friday that a reunion with the Colorado Rockies is a possibility. “I don’t have any idea of..." November 13

  • Matt Holliday returning to Rockies an intriguing idea

    Denver Post "How’s this for a crazy twist of fate? Matt Holliday, the man whom Bud Black insists never touched home plate, hooking up with Black for the Rockies’ 2017 season. Will it happen? That remains to be seen, but Holliday is interested in the possibility. Speaking on MLB Network Radio Wednesday,..." November 11

  • Rosenthal to be 'stretched out' for different role

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "A few hours before Game 5 of the World Series, Cleveland pitching coach Mickey Callaway considered whether his team’s celebrated and creative use of the bullpen during the hothouse of October could be applied to the pastures of the regular season. He leaned against a wall in a Wrigley Field..." November 10

  • Meet baseball’s next big thing: a ‘Babe Ruth’ pitcher/slugger who may get $300M

    New York Post "Shohei Otani is what this current free-agent market lacks. He is a young, talented starter — already perceived as one of the best pitchers in the world — with the fringe benefit that he actually might be a superb hitter, as well. But Otani is not expected to come to the American majors until..." November 10

  • MLB commissioner talks Trump, pace of play, CBA, international draft and more

    CBS Sports "The GM meetings are ongoing in Arizona, and the first significant hootenanny of the offseason provided MLB commissioner Rob Manfred with the chance to address several issues facing the sport. Here's a sampling of what Manfred had to say on Wednesday regarding those various and sundry matters..." November 09

  • Cardinals commit to Carpenter at first base

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Before the Cardinals began their search for new additions this winter, they did want to assure a returning All-Star of his new address. The Cardinals let infielder Matt Carpenter know that he will be the team's first baseman entering 2017, general manager John Mozeliak confirmed Tuesday during..." November 08

  • 2016-17 Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB Trade Rumors is proud to present our eleventh annual Top 50 Free Agents list! The entire list of available free agents can be found here, and you can filter by position, signing team, and qualifying offer status with our new and improved, mobile-friendly free agent tracker here. New to..." November 08

  • Ken Rosenthal’s Top 10 MLB offseason trade targets

    Fox Sports "The silver lining to the weak free-agent market, at least from a fan’s perspective, is the likelihood that teams will respond by making a large number of trades. What other alternative is there, really? The free-agent market is deep in relievers and right-handed hitters, but that’s about it...." November 07

  • Hot-stove survey: MLB execs answer questions on Sale, Braun and others

    ESPN "Major League Baseball's general managers have wasted little time getting to work since Kris Bryant threw out Michael Martinez for the final out of the World Series. The street sweepers have barely cleaned up from the Chicago Cubs' victory parade, and outfielder Cameron Maybin Starting Monday,..." November 07

  • Hochman: Extending Matheny's contract is logical choice

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Talk more, smile more. Mike Matheny’s contract was extended this week to 2020, and the hope is Mike will be more forthcoming on particular stances — actually explaining managerial moves to the public — and, as general manager John Mozeliak shared, “I always joke with Mike: ‘Smiling is OK. It’s..." November 06

  • Hazelbaker, Kiekhefer are claimed on waivers

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Early-season sparkplug Jeremy Hazelbaker, who hit three homers and batted .481 in the first two weeks of the 2016 season, and lefthanded reliever Dean Kiekhefer were lost by the Cardinals through waiver claims Friday. The Arizona Diamondbacks plucked lefthanded-hitting outfielder Hazelbaker and..." November 05

  • Cardinals decline Matt Holliday’s 2017 option

    Today's Knuckleball "The St. Louis Cardinals have officially chosen not to pick up outfielder Matt Holliday’s team option for the 2017 season, sources tell Today’s Knuckleball. The club announced during the final homestand of the regular season that they did not plan to exercise the option, but have now officially..." November 05

  • Cardinals GM: Keeping Garcia gives us leverage

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Lefthander Jaime Garcia has had a rollercoaster career with the Cardinals. When he has been good, he’s been very good. And when he hasn’t, well ... Garcia, oft-injured but healthy last season, carried a contract option for $12 million with a $500,000 buyout for 2017. Mozeliak, surveying little..." November 04

  • Cardinals Will Not Make Qualifying Offer To Brandon Moss

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals won’t be extending a qualifying offer to first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss, reports ESPN’s Mark Saxon. Notably, Saxon adds that the lack of a QO “effectively [ends]” Moss’ tenure with the Cardinals, seemingly indicating that the team isn’t currently planning on making a run at..." November 03

  • Mike Matheny Signs Three-Year Extension Through 2020

    CBS St. Louis "The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have signed Manager Mike Matheny to a three-year extension through the 2020 season. Matheny, 46, has led the Cardinals to a 461-349 record over his five seasons as manager, averaging 92 wins per season, the most wins among all Major League..." November 03

  • Unpredictable Pete Rose is the Charles Barkley of Fox Sports

    Sporting News "Fox Sports has found its own Charles Barkley. He's Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, who's found a second act as TV analyst for FS1's "MLB on Fox" pregame/postgame show. Like Barkley, the 75-year old Rose is direct, unpredictable and wildly entertaining as he analyzes the 2016..." October 27

  • Ken Griffey Jr. to be on the cover of MLB The Show 17

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson will be passing the mantle of MLB The Show cover athlete to one of the greatest players of all time. The creators of the video game announced on Twitter Thursday that the Kid, Ken Griffey Jr., will be on the cover for next season’s game. The Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati..." October 27

  • MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League..." October 26

  • STL Cardinals Outfielder 'I CAN SAVE YOUR BEER With Brilliant Invention!'

    TMZ "You know what sucks ... LUKEWARM BEER!!! But fear not, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty says he can save your mouth from sucking down overheated brew ... with a very chill invention. It's called the Beer Bit -- and Stephen and his brother, Nick, swear it will keep your..." October 23

  • Zach Duke shut down for 2017 with Tommy John surgery

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals’ left-hander Zach Duke will be shut down for the 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, according to a report by MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch. Duke was acquired at the trade deadline to add some bullpen depth for the Cardinals’ stretch run, and posted a 1.93 ERA and 2.00 K/BB..." October 14

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13