Team Related News

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cardinals will be among the teams at Tim Lincecum's showcase on Thursday.

The list of confirmed teams planning to send representatives also includes the Angels, Orioles, Twins, Giants, Dodgers, Yankees, Brewers, Padres, Tigers, Phillies, and Rangers. Lincecum will go through a throwing workout at the Driveline Baseball Research Lab in Kent, Washington in the hope of getting another shot at the major league level. He sat out the 2017 season after posting a 9.16 ERA and 2.37 WHIP in nine starts with the Angels in 2016.
Feb 14 - 1:34 PM

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

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Orioles, Twins, Brewers, Cubs and Yankees are among the teams that have inquired on Jake Odorizzi.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times hears that the Cardinals and Angels have also discussed Odorizzi with the Rays. We can safely cross the Cubs off the list of clubs having interest in Odorizzi after they agreed to terms with Yu Darvish, but the right-hander makes some sense as a target for the other teams. Odorizzi will make a little over $6 million in 2018 and is under team control for 2019, as well, but the quasi-rebuilding Rays would like to shed his contract.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 11 - 9:48 AM

According to Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Cardinals are unlikely to sign Mike Moustakas unless his asking price drops significantly.

It's astounding that Moustakas still sits on the free agent market looking for a home on February 4, but welcome to the 2017-2018 offseason. The Cardinals seem content to roll with a combination of Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter at third base while Carpenter and Jose Martinez share the load at first base. There still seems to be no ideal landing spot for Moustakas as spring training approaches.
Feb 4 - 11:50 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals' trade talks with the Rays "appear to have centered on" Chris Archer rather than Alex Colome.

Colome has been connected to the Cards often this winter, but it sounds like Archer was actually more of interest to them among Rays pitchers. Of course, Archer is also going to cost a bunch more in a trade and there's been no indication that the two clubs have ever been close to a deal. Archer is owed just $34 million over the next four seasons.
Jan 14 - 3:07 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals' interest in Greg Holland "is, at most, tempered."

Holland has often been connected to St. Louis since they have an apparent need at closer and the former Rockie is one of the premiere options on the market. However, it doesn't appear Holland is a priority for the Cardinals, at least not at his current asking price. It's also been reported that the Nationals aren't really as interested in Holland as had been previously reported.
Jan 14 - 1:26 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals' interest in trading for Alex Colome was "overstated."

Goold says that the Cards "didn't see (Colome) as (a) closer" and that their trade talks with the Rays, at least from St. Louis' perspective, appeared to center more on Chris Archer. This comes on the heels of president of baseball operations John Mozeliak saying Saturday that the team is content entering the season with Luke Gregerson as their closer. It appears the Cardinals might be done shopping for bullpen help.
Jan 14 - 12:07 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Blue Jays are not engaged in any active trade talks involving Josh Donaldson.

This essentially confirms a two-week-old report from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, which stated that the Jays no longer had intentions of moving Donaldson this offseason. There was heavy interest from the Cardinals and probably a few other teams, but Toronto wants to reward its loyal fan base by trying to compete in 2018, at least to open the season. The club has finished first in attendance in the American League two years in a row and there is some good talent on the roster, though the Yankees and Red Sox look far better on paper. Donaldson, due to become a free agent next winter, will likely be dealt over the summer if the Blue Jays fall out of contention.
Jan 4 - 10:50 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Royals have offered Eric Hosmer a seven-year, $147 million contract.

That would be double the largest contract the Royals have ever given to one player. Nightengale also notes that the Padres have a seven-year, $140 million deal on the table for Hosmer -- exactly $1 million less per year than the offer from Kansas City. It's unclear where the Cardinals -- Hosmer's other known suitor -- sit in this market. The 28-year-old first baseman posted a career-best .318/.385/.498 batting line with 25 home runs and 94 RBI over 162 games for Kansas City in 2017. He also won his fourth career Gold Glove, though advanced defensive metrics don't love him quite as much as the voting bloc. We might finally see some movement soon among the game's top free agents.
Source: USA Today
Jan 3 - 9:23 AM

According to Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago, "the two clubs showing the most interest" in Jake Arrieta are the Cubs and Cardinals.

Other teams like the Brewers, Twins, Blue Jays, Rockies, Rangers, Phillies, and Nationals have been tied to Arrieta this offseason, but only loosely. So maybe it really will come down to the two NL Central arch-rivals. It has been an incredibly slow-moving offseason for the majority of baseball's top free agents, though you'd have to think things will pick up here in early January. Arrieta, 31, registered a 3.53 ERA, 1.218 WHIP, and 163/55 K/BB ratio over 168 1/3 innings last season for the Cubs. One of many still-unsigned Scott Boras clients, he's said to be seeking upwards of $200 million.
Source: CBS Chicago
Jan 3 - 9:09 AM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Cardinals "remain involved" in pursuit of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer.

The Cardinals already landed Marcell Ozuna this winter, but they are still trying to add another major piece to their lineup. The market has been incredibly slow, but Hosmer is still expected to receive one of the biggest contracts this offseason. Morosi hears that the Cardinals are also looking at third basemen, including the Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson. Matt Carpenter gives the club some flexibility for their plans. Scott Boras represents Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Greg Holland, all of whom could potentially fit with St. Louis.
Jan 2 - 12:33 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Cardinals have been pursuing Josh Donaldson "much stronger" than Manny Machado.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has also reported previously that Cards "keep pushing" for Donaldson even though the Blue Jays haven't shown much of a desire to trade him. Nightengale notes that part of St. Louis' apparent preference for Donaldson over Machado is that they think they'd have a much better chance to sign the former to a long-term extension. Both third basemen are set for free agency after the 2018 campaign.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 05:35:00 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Cardinals "keep pushing for" Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson.

Rosenthal adds, however, that the Blue Jays "remain disinclined to move Donaldson" because they want to compete in 2018. The asking price is high and there is no indication that a deal is close. St. Louis has its toe in the water on a bunch of different potential upgrades and it sounds like there might be a better match with the Rays. Evan Longoria, Alex Colome, and Chris Archer are the names the Cardinals have discussed with Tampa Bay.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 09:30:00 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Orioles "are moving aggressively on Manny Machado trade talks and now believe they can move him by the end of the week."

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic wrote late Wednesday night that the White Sox have emerged "as the most aggressive suitor" for Machado and Nightengale confirms that the Pale Hose have presented the strongest offer so far to Baltimore, however the Cardinals, Giants, Red Sox, Phillies, and Yankees are also in the mix on this. Machado is an elite-level talent and he is only 25 years old, but the star third baseman can become a free agent after the 2018 season and the Orioles clearly don't think they can afford to lock him up to a long-term deal. A trade of Machado might kick off a larger rolling rebuild effort for the O's front office. Brad Brach, Zach Britton, and Adam Jones are all entering walk years.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 04:01:00 AM

Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Marlins have traded Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals.

Miami will reportedly get pitching prospects Sandy Alcantara, Zac Gallen, and Daniel Castano in return, along with outfield prospect Magneuris Sierra. Ozuna broke out with a .312/.376/.548 batting line, 37 home runs, and 124 RBI in 159 games this past season and represents a massive upgrade for the middle of the Cardinals' lineup. The 27-year-old outfielder is under contractual control via salary arbitration through the end of 2019.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 01:03:00 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Cardinals are "making progress" on acquiring Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins.

Miami is very familiar with the Cardinals' farm system and what St. Louis might be willing to give up from the failed discussions for Giancarlo Stanton, so this deal could come together pretty quickly. Ozuna, 27, posted a breakout .312/.376/.548 batting line with 37 home runs and 124 RBI in 159 games this past season with the rebuilding Fish. He is under contractual control through 2019.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 12:15:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cardinals have spoken to the Blue Jays about a Josh Donaldson trade at this week's Winter Meetings.

Rosenthal says there is no indication that a deal is close and adds that the Blue Jays are "seemingly bullish" about keeping Donaldson and making other upgrades to their roster for 2018. St. Louis has been connected to just about every impact bat on the trade market this winter, including Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich of the Marlins and Manny Machado of the Orioles. The Cardinals also made a serious run at Giancarlo Stanton before he used his no-trade clause to force a move to the Yankees.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 06:43:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Yankees are among the teams that have shown interest in Orioles star Manny Machado.

The rich get even richer? New York just acquired Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins, but that trade required more of a financial commitment than a haul of young talent and the Yankees still have a loaded farm system to pull off this kind of deal. Olney says the White Sox are also interested in Machado, and the Cardinals are known to be in the hunt as well. Machado has averaged 35 home runs and 92 RBI per year since 2015 and he's a tremendous defender at both shortstop and third base, but he can become a free agent after the 2018 season.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 06:22:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Cardinals are among the teams in on free agent reliever Wade Davis.

Passan says the Cardinals have prioritized "late-inning relief help" to complement their recent signing of setup man Luke Gregerson. Davis would almost certainly be the primary closer in St. Louis after putting up a 2.30 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 79/28 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 regular-season innings with the rival Cubs in 2017. There's also known to be serious interest from the Rockies.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 05:05:00 PM


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