Player News - Cardinals

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Seung Hwan Oh's agent said his client was diagnosed with right elbow ligament inflammation, but that it's not considered serious.

Oh's agent added that the reliever was examined in South Korea and tests showed no structural damage. Still, concern about his elbow was enough to nix his deal with the Rangers, after Oh's agent said that the club asked three times to change the contract terms. He's now going to try to find a new home, though it could be a challenge for him to land a guaranteed major league deal.
Feb 19 - 8:47 AM

Matt Carpenter is dealing with some back tightness.

Carpenter dealt with a stiff back early on in camp last year, as well. It shouldn't be a big deal but will keep him limited to playing first base for now. "Carp’s going to focus most of his (defense) at first base at this point but he’s going to get work at third and he’s going to get work at second," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "We’re probably not going to move him around a whole lot at the beginning. We just want to be careful. It’s something that’s happened before and we just want to stay ahead of it."
Feb 18 - 12:56 PM

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers will not sign Seung Hwan Oh.

There had been a report by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic earlier this month that the two sides had reached an agreement, but in recent days there had been rumblings that maybe something went awry with his physical. The 35-year-old right-hander will continue to look for work elsewhere.
Feb 17 - 3:00 PM

Cardinals signed RHP Jason Motte to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the deal, which is subject to Motte passing his physical. The 35-year-old spent last season with the Braves, registering a 3.54 ERA in 46 relief appearances. The ERA was good but his 27/20 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 40 2/3 innings warns of a potentially rocky road ahead.
Feb 16 - 6:39 PM

Dexter Fowler said Friday that he added 15 pounds of muscle this offseason.

Fowler belted a career-high 18 home runs in 2017 even though he played just 118 games and he also posted a career-best .488 slugging percentage. He's moving to right field for the Cardinals in 2018 and with the added bulk it sounds like he'll attempt to continue trying to tap into his power.
Feb 16 - 1:19 PM

Rangers GM Jon Daniels said Thursday that there is "nothing imminent" to announce on Seung Hwan Oh.

Oh and the Rangers reportedly agreed last week to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with a $4.5 million club option for 2019, but perhaps something came up during 35-year-old right-hander's pre-signing physical. He struggled to a 4.10 ERA in 59 1/3 innings with the Cardinals in 2017 after posting a 1.92 ERA and 103 strikeouts over his first 79 2/3 major league innings in 2016.
Feb 15 - 11:55 AM

Cardinals GM Michael Girsch told 101 ESPN in St. Louis on Thursday that it is "difficult to see Alex Reyes in a closer role."

Girsch cited the "inability to control his innings and situations" as the club's dedicated saves man. Reyes is coming off Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and on track to join the Cardinals' active roster around May 1. It sounds like the ultra-talented 23-year-old right-hander will either slide into a rotation spot at that time or be eased back in middle relief. That leaves his fantasy outlook blowing in the wind. Reyes registered a stellar 1.57 ERA with 52 strikeouts over his first 46 major league innings back in 2016 before missing all of 2017.
Feb 15 - 9:52 AM

Cardinals signed RHP Bud Norris to a one-year, $3 million contract.

The deal was agreed to on Monday and then finalized Wednesday morning after Norris arrived at Cardinals camp in Jupiter, Florida and passed his physical. Norris will compete for a spot in the St. Louis rotation this spring, but the 32-year-old right-hander figures to settle into a bullpen role before the team heads north for the regular season. He registered a 4.21 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 74/27 K/BB ratio in 62 innings last year with the Angels.
Feb 14 - 10:18 AM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Bud Norris could be considered as a starter.

Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Norris has a one-year deal with the Cardinals worth $3 million guaranteed. Odds are he'll be used out of the bullpen with his new club, but Goold writes that the Cardinals are open to giving Norris another chance as a starter if their young pitchers (Luke Weaver, Jack Flaherty, among others) need more time in the minors. Either way, it's nice to have options. Norris has extensive experience in the rotation, but he made 57 out of his 60 appearances with the Angels last year from the bullpen, even earning 19 saves.
Feb 12 - 1:54 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cardinals have signed free agent right-hander Bud Norris, pending a physical.

It's reportedly a one-year deal, but details aren't yet available. Norris was very effective in the closer role with the Angels during the first half last season, though he faded while dealing with some knee issues and ultimately finished with a 4.21 ERA over 60 appearances (including three starts). Still, he struck out 74 batters in 62 innings and saw an uptick velocity out of the bullpen. If healthy, he could be an interesting piece for St. Louis, who have some uncertainty in the late innings.
Feb 12 - 10:37 AM

Cardinals signed OF Victor Roache to a minor league contract.

Roache, a former first round pick, batted just .186/.250/.347 with six homers over 57 games last season between the High-A and Double-A affiliates of the Brewers and Dodgers. The 26-year-old outfielder has always flashed interesting power, but he has failed to make any progress with his plate approach.
Feb 12 - 9:10 AM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Yankees "have monitored" Lance Lynn's market this offseason.

It's noteworthy but doesn't necessarily mean they'll be real players for Lynn, especially with Morosi noting that the Yanks only have about $15 million budgeted for spending between now and Opening Day. They might prefer to use that money on a third baseman. Lynn is reportedly drawing interest from 7-8 teams and could find a new home relatively quickly following the Yu Darvish signing.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 11 - 9:22 AM

Jordan Schafer (elbow) has already been throwing off of a mound and is fully recovered from last spring's surgery to repair a ligament in his elbow.

Schafer will be in spring camp with the big league club, attempting to latch on as a two-way player. If successful, he'd provide extra depth in the bullpen while also functioning as an extra outfielder.
Feb 10 - 10:28 AM

Kolten Wong said Thursday that he expects to steal "at least" 20 bases this season.

Wong stole 20 bases in his rookie season back in 2014 and 15 in 2015 but has managed just 15 steals combined over the last two seasons. However, he said swiping only eight bags in 2017 "was not me" and he expects new baserunning coach Willie McGee to help "open" up the running game. Wong had a nice .285/.376/.412 batting line last season, but he hit just four homers and he's slated to bat eighth for the Cardinals again in 2018. Getting reignited on the basepaths would obviously help Wong's fantasy outlook, and he has the speed and efficiency (career 79 percent success rate).
Feb 8 - 4:51 PM

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, free agent starter Lance Lynn is drawing interest from "seven or eight teams."

The list includes the Brewers and Orioles, but both of those clubs are believed to be exploring the trade market for rotation upgrades at this time. Goold also mentions the Cubs, Twins, and Mets as possible suitors while noting that the Cardinals are "not in the mix." Lynn, 30, returned from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last season to register a 3.43 ERA in 186 1/3 innings for St. Louis. He boasts a career 3.38 ERA in nearly 1,000 innings at the major league level.
Feb 8 - 1:24 PM


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