Cardinals Rumors & News

  • Yadier Molina sets Opening Day deadline for extension with Cardinals

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "His game already tournament-tested and his hair still blond from Puerto Rico’s run through the World Baseball Classic, Yadier Molina returned to Cardinals camp saying he’s refreshed and ready for “many” more years behind the plate. There’s a week to determine if those will be with the..." March 25

  • Yadier Molina would like an apology from Adam Jones on behalf of Puerto Rico

    ESPN "Team captain Yadier Molina wants United States outfielder Adam Jones to apologize to Puerto Rico's players for saying they were planning a postgame party in San Juan before the World Baseball Classic championship game was even played. Molina made his comments to ESPN's Marly Rivera during..." March 24

  • Cards' Wainwright endorses Martinez for Opening Day: 'He earned it'

    MLB.com "Insisting that he wouldn't "want anything I haven't earned," Adam Wainwright graciously congratulated Carlos Martinez on being named the team's Opening Night starter, a title that had belonged to Wainwright for the past four seasons. Martinez pitched five shutout innings Wednesday in the..." March 23

  • The Cardinals will let fans attend all the games they want in 2017 for a monthly fee

    CBS Sports "A common lamentation is that attending a major-league game is too expensive these days. Sure, it’s far cheaper than going to an NFL or NBA game, but there’s no doubt that it’s not as easy as it once was if you’re on a tight budget. Into the complaints box leap the 2017 St. Louis Cardinals, who..." March 22

  • Cardinals tab Carlos Martinez as Opening Day starter against Cubs

    Fanrag Sports "According to a Wednesday morning report from Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Cardinals have found their Opening Day starter for the 2017 regular season. As a result, right-hander Carlos Martinez will take the mound for the club on Sunday, April 2 against the Chicago..." March 22

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • Why are St. Louis Cardinals being overlooked as World Series contender in 2017?

    The Sports Daily "The St. Louis Cardinals are a class organization, and have one of the best farm systems in Major League Baseball. By that logic alone, they can never be counted out heading into each season as a legitimate contender. But with the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series in 2016, no one is talking..." March 20

  • Wacha will begin season in Cardinals' rotation

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "If they survive the next two weeks, the Cardinals intend to start the season with the rotation that was obvious when an injury found them in the opening hours of spring training. Michael Wacha has secured a spot in the team's five-man rotation, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny confirmed Sunday..." March 19

  • Slimmed down Matt Adams trying the outfield for the Cardinals

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "• While most of the Cardinals were participating in defensive drills Saturday morning at Roger Dean Stadium, first baseman Matt Adams was back at the complex, listening to Willie McGee talk about playing outfield. Later, Adams would come over to the ball park and shag balls during Cardinals..." March 19

  • Cardinals' Adam Wainwright not worried after being shelled for 10 runs

    ESPN "St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright said he wasn't concerned after giving up 10 runs in less than two innings in what he called a spring training "beating" Friday. The right-hander, who had trouble throwing his fastball for strikes, allowed seven hits and had three walks in 1 2/3..." March 18

  • MVP, Cy Young odds: Oddsmakers release favorites for 2017 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season approacheth! Mostly, that means our attention will be locked on the various playoff races from the very start. However, we’ll also make time to eyeball the individual awards derbies from time to time. So to get us in that mindset, let’s have a look at these preseason MVP and Cy..." March 16

  • Let's all watch Cardinals closer Seung-hwan Oh get licked by a dog and transform

    CBS Sports "People, in this space we tell stories, but we do not tell lies. So when we headline an important dispatch as “Let’s watch Seung-hwan Oh get licked by a dog and turn into a bottle of ginseng,” we mean that you’ll have the opportunity to watch Cardinals closer Seung-hwan Oh get licked by a dog and..." March 16

  • Molina slams MLB following fight in stands during Puerto Rico-Mexico game

    CBS Sports "Yadier Molina has the reputation of a team leader. While that reputation has been earned during his lengthy career with the St. Louis Cardinals, the latest example of it came on Sunday, when he spoke on behalf of the Puerto Rican World Baseball Classic team. A fight broke out near the family..." March 12

  • Matt Carpenter still not game-ready for hitting

    Larry Brown Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals will have to wait a little bit longer to remember what The World According to Carp looks like. According to a report by Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday, Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter, who has been dealing with a back issue, is still not..." March 10

  • MLB commish Rob Manfred admits it's unlikely MLB players will play in Olympics

    CBS Sports "The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway and we’ve already seen some dramatic games. The tournament continues over the next two weeks and will culminate with the Championship Game on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full WBC schedule . In three years, baseball and softball will return..." March 08

  • Gyorko's got the swing, but still no position

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "For Jedd Gyorko, the nature of his role for the Cardinals comes with its own fog of unknowns – from where he’ll start to even how often he’ll start – and yet he left last season with the most important certainty of them all. His swing. Thrust into a utility role he had never really had..." March 08

  • MLB teams focusing on improved rest to help their players perform better

    CBS Sports "Long before Moneyball came along, the game of baseball embraced numbers and statistical analysis. Every single team in baseball has a stats department. The ways and means have certainly changed, but the goal remains the same: use numbers to find a competitive advantage. These days..." March 08

  • Cardinals encouraged after exam comes back clean for Rosenthal

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "After a series of exams Monday that included an MRI of his right shoulder, Cardinals righthander Trevor Rosenthal was reassured enough to believe he could start throwing again by the end of the week. The Cardinals scratched Rosenthal from a planned start Monday against the Twins when he felt..." March 07

  • MLB approves device to measure biometrics of players

    ESPN "Major League Baseball has approved the use of a continuous biometric monitor that can be worn by players during games. The device, made by a company called WHOOP, is the first of its kind approved by any of the major American sports leagues to be worn during competition. Teams cannot force..." March 06

  • Ozzie Smith influenced Fowler's decision to sign with Cardinals

    USA Today "It is 8:02 in the morning, and the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse is quiet. The door swings open. It’s Dexter Fowler, the Cardinals’ new center fielder. He walks into the room, yells out to no one in particular, stops off at his locker, walks to the clubhouse stereo, turns it on, and cranks..." March 06

  • Rosenthal suffers lat injury ahead of scheduled start

    ESPN "St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Trevor Rosenthal was scratched from his Monday spring training start because of tightness in the latissimus muscle near his right arm. As of now, trainers don't think the injury will be a long-term concern, general manager John Mozeliak said, but if the soreness..." March 05

  • Matt Carpenter withdraws from WBC with back injury

    Sporting News "Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told reporters Saturday that Matt Carpenter's lower back stiffness has forced him to withdraw from Team USA's roster for the World Baseball Classic. Of greater concern to the Cardinals and their fans is Carpenter's progress going forward in recovering from the..." March 04

  • Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright purchases teammate a rental car for the spring

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals lefty Ryan Sherriff has not had the photo on his driver’s license changed since he was 16 years old, and he adores it still because “it is probably the ugliest picture known to man.” So when a team employee came to him Wednesday and asked repeatedly for it, he immediately became..." March 03

  • MLB and MLBPA announce modifications of some rules for 2017 season

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association jointly announced modifications of some rules effective for the 2017 regular season. As was announced last month, managers will signal to the home plate umpire that he wants to intentionally walk the current..." March 02

  • What if the World Baseball Classic featured a team of Cuban players in MLB?

    CBS Sports "Next week, the 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic will begin with pool play. The tournament starts March 6 and the championship game will be played March 22, at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full schedule and here are the full rosters . Once upon a time Cuba dominated international..." February 27

  • Cardinals face tricky negotiation with Yadier Molina

    Fox Sports "The normal process for clubs trying to extend a player entering his free-agent year is to ask, “What would he be worth on the open market?” With the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina, it’s not quite that simple. Molina, 34, is the pre-eminent catcher of his era, a likely Hall of Famer, a four-time..." February 27

  • Cardinals are scouting Cuban outfielder Luis Robert

    Hardball Talk "According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals are keeping an eye on outfield prospect Luis Robert. The 19-year-old left his native Cuba last November and is expected to command interest from multiple MLB teams as he approaches free agency. Goold adds that the Cardinals..." February 27

  • Cardinals' Kolten Wong still bothered by right shoulder injury

    Fanrag Sports "St. Louis Cardinals second baseman/outfielder Kolten Wong is still dealing with right shoulder soreness that dates back to his injury playing left field at Wrigley Field last September, Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com reported on Saturday. Per Langosch, Wong said he felt “pain” in his shoulder when..." February 26

  • Cardinals agree to deal with Cuban prospect Jose Adolis Garcia

    CBS St. Louis "The St. Louis Cardinals announced Friday that they have signed Cuban free-agent outfielder Jose Adolis Garcia to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to the team’s Major League Spring Training camp. Garcia, who turns 24 on March 2, was the MVP of Serie Nacional (Cuba’s top..." February 25

  • Daniel Bard To Showcase New Delivery, Same Velocity In Cardinals Spring Training

    NESN "It’s been nearly three years since Daniel Bard pitched in the big leagues, but the former Boston Red Sox reliever isn’t ready to throw in the towel on his career. The 31-year-old right-hander is working on yet another comeback attempt with hopes of reaching the majors for the first time since..." February 25

  • 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