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Nationals signed RHP Greg Holland to a one-year contract.

He'll be available out of the pen for both games of Tuesday's doubleheader with Atlanta. Holland was a shut-down closer as recently as last season in Colorado but has struggled mightily this year, delivering an ugly 7.92 ERA across 32 relief outings for St. Louis. Obviously the Nats are hoping the veteran will benefit from a change of scenery. Manager Davey Martinez said Holland will initially work in the sixth and seventh innings but could be promoted to a setup role later on.
Aug 7 - 10:01 AM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have asked teams interested in Chris Archer to submit their final trade offers.

Topkin lists the Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers, Padres and Yankees as the teams that are "most interested" in Archer, with the A's, Astros, Brewers, Phillies and Pirates also lurking. He adds that the Rays "seem more open" to trading Archer at this point in time after flirting with it multiple times over the last few years. Archer is under team control for three more seasons at a cost of just $27.5 million.
Jul 30 - 4:55 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cardinals are showing "renewed interest" in Mike Moustakas.

Rosenthal cautions that "the level of that interest is not known" and that the Cards "have yet to engage seriously on any one player." Adding Moustakas would require St. Louis to do some reshuffling in their infield, as Matt Carpenter would have to move move to either second base or first base. "Moose" got off to an excellent .302/.336/.578 start in April this season but has cratered to a .226/.295/.398 line since then. He is slated for free agency again next winter after having to settle for a one-year deal to re-up with the Royals last offseason.
Source: The Athletic
Jun 29 - 1:05 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Greg Holland's deal with the Cardinals will be a one-year, $14 million pact.

That's a big number for it being Opening Day, but one-year deals are never really all that risky for MLB teams with deep pockets like the Cardinals. Holland gives St. Louis an answer in the ninth inning, pushing Dominic Leone, Luke Gregerson (oblique), and Tyler Lyons back into setup roles. The 31-year-old right-hander obviously won't be available for Thursday's season-opener at Citi Field in New York, but he's been working out at agent Scott Boras' facility and could be ready to jump in rather quickly.
Mar 29 - 11:42 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cardinals are close to an agreement with free agent closer Greg Holland.

Marx Saxon of The Athletic says a deal is in place, pending a physical. It seemed like an obvious match all offseason and it looks like the Cardinals slow-played this until the very end. No word yet on the financial framework. Holland figures to work in the ninth inning for St. Louis whenever he's ready. The 32-year-old slowed as the 2017 season ended, but he did finish tied for the National League lead in saves with 41 and he posted a 3.61 ERA with 70 strikeouts in 57 1/3 total innings.
Mar 29 - 11:21 AM

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


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