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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that that Cardinals are closing in on Andrew Miller.

Frank Kusumano of KSDK reports that it's a two-year deal with a vesting option; likely tied to the amount of games Miller finishes. Loads of teams have shown interested in procuring Miller's services this winter, but it appears he's on his way to St. Louis. He battled injuries in 2018 and posted a disappointing 4.24 ERA last year with the Indians. When healthy, however, the southpaw has been among the best relievers in baseball, as seen in his 1.44 ERA and 95 strikeouts over 62 2/3 innings for the Indians the year before. If he shows that stuff, the Cardinals are going to have an excellent stopper in their bullpen for 2019 and beyond.
Thu, Dec 20, 2018 07:49:00 PM

Rangers selected RHP Chris Ellis from the Cardinals with the seventh pick in the Rule 5 draft and traded him to the Royals.

Ellis is joining his third organization, having been traded from the Angels to the Braves in the Andrelton Simmons deal and the Braves to the Cardinals for Jaime Garcia in 2016. He was 10-4 with a 3.93 ERA and a 124/37 K/BB ratio in 132 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A last season. The stuff is decent enough to maybe make him a fourth or fifth starter in the majors. He'll compete with fellow Rule 5 pick Sam McWilliams, among others, for a spot at the back of the Royals rotation.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 12:34:00 PM

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals were not one of the teams that met with Bryce Harper this week in Las Vegas.

Harper undoubtedly has a very healthy market, but his agent Scott Boras told reporters at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday that teams are playing coy at the moment about their level of interest. As for the Cardinals being a possible bidder, Boras said, "They sit on the big bank of St. Louis" -- as in, they have money to spend. Phillies GM Matt Klentak is known to have met with Boras and Harper this week, along with the agent for Manny Machado. It could be a while before those two sign. There's a lot of time for the picture to change.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 09:00:00 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Phillies "remain very aggressive" on free agent reliever Zach Britton.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported something similar earlier in the day Tuesday. Rosenthal adds that other teams are in the mix, and Fancred's Jon Heyman says the Cardinals are one of them. Britton, 30, posted a 3.10 ERA in 40 2/3 innings this past season between the Orioles and Yankees and seems certain to fetch a multi-year deal this winter. We need a domino to fall on the free agent relief market.
Tue, Dec 11, 2018 09:34:00 PM

Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports that the Giants have received "a ton of calls" on reliever Will Smith.

In fact, Saxon hears that the Cardinals have been among the most aggressive in talks. Smith was great in his return from Tommy John surgery this year, posting a 2.55 ERA and 71/15 K/BB ratio over 53 innings, so the Giants will want some valuable pieces back. Still, he's one year away from free agency and the Giants don't look like contenders going into 2019. Smith made $2.5 million this year and MLB Trade Rumors projects him at $4.1 million via arbitration for next year. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch adds that Tony Watson could be another option for the Cardinals in discussions with the Giants.
Tue, Dec 11, 2018 12:33:00 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have discussed a possible reunion with Daniel Descalso as they seek a left-handed hitting utility player.

The Cards are right-handed heavy both in their lineup and bench and are looking to balance things out. Descalso has been a poor hitter for the bulk of his career but made a swing change a few years ago and posted a solid .238/.353/.436 batting line with 13 home runs last season. He turned 32 in October.
Fri, Dec 7, 2018 04:39:00 PM

According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, the Cardinals are not among the teams that are targeting free agent superstar Bryce Harper, despite their financial flexibility.

The Cardinals have always been mentioned as a team to watch in the Harper sweepstakes, but they landed a different big bat for the middle of their lineup by acquiring Paul Goldschmidt from the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. While anything is still possible, it doesn't sound like they'll be a major player for Harper. The Dodgers, White Sox, Phillies and Yankees are among the teams that have already traveled, or plan to travel, to Nevada to meet with Harper.
Wed, Dec 5, 2018 07:00:00 PM

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, there is "momentum" in the Cardinals' trade negotiations for Paul Goldschmidt.

Goold notes that the Cardinals have "been heavily in pursuit" of Goldschmidt and are now "wanting to push the pace on a deal." John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 in Phoenix is hearing, meanwhile, that an agreement could come together by the end of the day Wednesday. Goldschmidt makes perfect sense for the Cardinals, who need a middle-of-the-order bat and everyday first baseman. They also have a surplus of young pitching to deal from. Goldy is currently under contract for one more year at $14.5 million, and the Cardinals will not be given a window to work out a contract extension, per a previous report from USA Today's Bob Nightengale.
Wed, Dec 5, 2018 04:55:00 PM

Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Cardinals have discussed a possible Paul Goldschmidt trade with the Diamondbacks.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported last month that the Cardinals were in discussions with the Diamondbacks, so it's unclear if any progress has been made since then. But St. Louis remains a natural fit as they search for a middle-of-the-order bat. Goldschmidt is under contract for $14.5 million in 2019 before becoming a free agent, so Arizona is shopping him around. The Cardinals have also been mentioned as a possible fit for Bryce Harper in free agency.
Tue, Dec 4, 2018 10:49:00 AM

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that the Cardinals have Mike Moustakas "on (their) radar."

Heyman adds that the Brewers have interest in bringing Moustakas back, although that might only be the case if they decide to non-tender Jonathan Schoop. Moustakas finished with a .251/.315/.459 batting line with 28 home runs and 95 RBI last season for the Royals and Brewers, although he hit just .234/.306/.423 from May 1 on. Still, the 30-year-old should be able to net a multi-year contract this offseason after having to settle for a one-year deal last winter.
Mon, Nov 26, 2018 09:32:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cardinals, Mets and Phillies are among the teams interested in free agent left-hander Andrew Miller.

Once considered one of the premiere late-inning arms in all of baseball, the 33-year-old southpaw stumbled through an injury-plagued 2018 campaign with a 4.24 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 45/16 K/BB ratio across his 34 innings of work. His fantasy value for 2019 will depend on whether or not he lands in a ninth-inning role with his new team.
Sun, Nov 25, 2018 07:58:00 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Cardinals are "maintaining interest" in Michael Brantley.

The Cards would prefer a corner infielder as they seek lineup upgrades, but they've been connected to Bryce Harper and evidently are considering Brantley, too. Brantley would provide them with the left-handed bat they're looking for. The 31-year-old batted .309/.364/.468 with 17 homers and 76 RBI in 143 games for the Indians this past season.
Wed, Nov 21, 2018 10:51:00 AM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Twins and Diamondbacks "have had preliminary talks" about a Paul Goldschmidt trade.

Morosi adds, however, that "the dialogue has not advanced in recent days." Minnesota could certainly use help at first base -- Joe Mauer officially announced his retirement earlier this month -- but Goldschmidt is only under contract for one more season and the Twins need to upgrade many other parts of their roster if they want to seriously compete in 2019. The Cardinals and Astros have also been connected to the 31-year-old six-time National League All-Star.
Tue, Nov 20, 2018 06:55:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros and Cardinals are the two teams "that have had the most meaningful discussions" with the Diamondbacks regarding a Paul Goldschmidt trade.

Rosenthal cautions that "no deal is close" and talks are "not yet advanced," but it looks like Houston and St. Louis could be the early favorites to land the six-time All-Star. Goldschmidt is slated to earn $14.5 million next season before entering free agency next winter. It's obviously going to take a big package to land him even though he's only under team control for one year. Goldy rebounded from a slow start to finish with a .290/.389/.533 and 33 home runs in 2018.
Mon, Nov 19, 2018 09:33:00 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Cardinals are "not as interested" in Bryce Harper "as those on the outside want them to be."

It's posturing season on big-team free agents, so we wouldn't read too much into this, but Rosenthal hears that the Cardinals are currently prioritizing infield and bullpen help over any possible outfield additions. Harper reportedly turned down a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Nationals toward the end of the 2018 regular season and is believed to be seeking more than $350 million on the open market this winter. The Phillies seem to be the frontrunner right now, though there could be many darkhorses in this race -- including St. Louis.
Source: The Athletic
Thu, Nov 8, 2018 10:03:00 AM

The Cardinals are showing interest in lefty reliever Andrew Miller, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

Miller has also been linked to the Mets recently. He'll draw as wide of interest as any reliever on the market this winter. Any thoughts of him coming at a bargain because he was injured and his numbers were off in 2018 can be safely dismissed.
Wed, Nov 7, 2018 03:24:00 PM

Rick Ankiel, who has been planning a comeback to baseball as a reliever, underwent a primary repair of a left elbow ligament and could miss the start of 2019.

Ankiel didn't need Tommy John, so it sounds like he still could pitch early on next season if his rehab goes well. The Cardinals were planning on offering him a minor league contract to try out for the team as a reliever. That's still likely to happen eventually, but the deal will wait until Ankiel is closer to full health.
Wed, Nov 7, 2018 03:20:00 PM

Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Cardinals are among the possible suitors for Craig Kimbrel.

The Red Sox extended a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer to Kimbrel last Friday and are expected to make every effort to keep him, but they are going to have some competition, with the Braves also listed as a potential fit. His agent, David Meter, will likely seek an annual salary in the range of $16 million (Kenley Jansen's contract) to $17.3 million (Wade Davis' record-setting reliever AAV), likely over three or four years.
Tue, Nov 6, 2018 01:57:00 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals "intend to explore" the market for Bryce Harper "and see how they fit."

Whether they're ultimately in the thick of the Harper sweepstakes remains to be seen, but the Cards have money to spend and, as one source told Goold, are "sending signals they are out to be a player" this offseason. St. Louis could also potentially be a fit for Manny Machado or Josh Donaldson. Harper and Machado both have a chance to top Giancarlo Stanton's record $325 million contract this winter.
Sun, Nov 4, 2018 09:46:00 AM

MLB Network Radio's Steve Phillips reports that the Blue Jays are having discussions with the Yankees, Phillies, Braves and Cardinals about Josh Donaldson.

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports that Donaldson has been scratched from the lineup at High-A Dunedin, where he had been slated to play a rehab game Friday. Donaldson has cleared revocable waivers and it's looking like the chances are good that the former MVP is traded sometime Friday evening. The Cardinals had been looking like the favorites and still appear to be in the running, although it's worth noting that president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Friday that he didn't anticipate making any additions. Stay tuned.
Fri, Aug 31, 2018 05:59:00 PM


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