St Louis Cardinals Wiretap

Cardinals Could Extend Yadier Molina's Contract

Jan 16, 2017 7:11 AM

Yadier Molina is entering the final guaranteed season of his contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.

He will make $14 million in 2017 and then the two sides have a decision to make on a $15 million mutual option that carries a $2 million buyout.

However, the two sides are motivated to remain together and are considering a contract extension.

"It has been something that we have talked about in terms of what that might look like," John Mozeliak said. "But when you talk about extensions ... I think it's always best to keep that internal. But not to acknowledge that he has a year left with a mutual option wouldn't be fair either. So I think as we look at '17, it's certainly something we have to think through. He's made it no secret that he would like to find a way to stay here, and I would imagine that it's something that we will mutually try to do."

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Royals, Cardinals Had 'Preliminary' Talks About Matt Adams

Jan 4, 2017 8:17 AM

The Kansas City Royals had "preliminary" talks with the St. Louis Cardinals about a trade for Matt Adams before they acquired Peter O'Brien from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Adams has appeared to become expendable for the Cardinals, who told Matt Carpenter in November that he would be their everyday first baseman in 2017.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Several Clubs Interested In Brian Dozier

Dec 27, 2016 12:55 AM

Coming off a season in which he set the AL record for home runs by a second baseman, Brian Dozier has been the center of trade talks since the Winter Meetings. The Dodgers have been in talks with the Twins to try and acquire his services, but Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News in Minnesota reports Los Angeles is not alone.

The Cardinals have joined the Dodgers as a team that is "very much" in the running to land Dozier, according to Wolfson, who added the Nationals and Giants also "remain in dialogue" with the Twins.

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Cardinals Listening To Offers For Matt Adams

Dec 16, 2016 9:54 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals are willing to listen to offers for Matt Adams, according to sources.

Matt Carpenter is set to play first base for the Cardinals in 2017.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Dexter Fowler Thinks Cardinals Can Extend Title Window

Dec 12, 2016 7:20 AM

Dexter Fowler, coming off a World Series victory with the Chicago Cubs, opted to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals in part because they are always in the title hunt.

"You get a taste of winning a World Series and you want to do that again," Fowler said. "You're excited and you want to get back and win the World Series. With the Cardinals, they're always in the hunt. That was a big part of my decision."

Fowler said Theo Epstein called him before the Cubs acquired Jon Jay to tell him the club wouldn't be making him an offer to return.

The Cardinals scooped Fowler up for $82.5 million over five years.

Fowler was due a big payday after having a career-high .393 on-base percentage and hitting 13 home runs for the Cubs last season, including a blast in Game 7 of the World Series.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

Angels Inquired With Cardinals About Kolten Wong

Dec 9, 2016 7:09 AM

The Los Angeles Angels asked the St. Louis Cardinals about the availability of Kolten Wong this week.

The Cardinals, however, want to keep Wong as they greatly value his defensive ability.

“"None of us have shied away from the fact that this should be a top-tier defender at second base," Mike Matheny said. "And we're never going to back off that, and neither should he."

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Dexter Fowler Agrees To Join Cardinals

Dec 9, 2016 12:43 AM

Dexter Fowler is switching teams in the National League Central.

A little more than month after leading the Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years, the free-agent center fielder agreed to a deal with the rival Cardinals on Thursday, sources told ESPN's Mark Saxon, confirming a story first reported by KSDK-TV.

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Dexter Fowler, Blue Jays Apart In Talks; Cardinals Remain Possibility

Dec 5, 2016 8:40 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays and Dexter Fowler are "apart" in talks on a contract, according to a report.

Fowler is also being courted by the St. Louis Cardinals, who remain a possibility, and was linked to the San Francisco Giants recently as well. He is reportedly seeking a deal worth $18 million annually.

He hit .276/.393/.447 in 551 plate appearances with the World Series champion Chicago Cubs this past season.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Yankees, Matt Holliday Agree To One-Year, $13M Deal

Dec 4, 2016 7:55 PM

Former Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday and the Yankees have agreed to a one-year deal worth $13 million, a source told ESPN's Jim Bowden, confirming multiple reports.

The Cardinals informed Holliday they wouldn't be picking up his $17 million option in late September, allowing the team and Holliday to plan out his farewell on the team's final homestand of 2016.

Tags: New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Cardinals Looking At Justin Turner, Payroll May Be Deterrent

Dec 2, 2016 8:00 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals are interested in Justin Turner, but payroll may prohibit them from signing the infielder.

Turner rejected a qualifying offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers, which means the team that signs him would have to forfeit a draft pick.

The Cardinals have $120 million committed for next season, not including several players who are eligible for arbitration. According to a report, St. Louis could look to trade Jhonny Peralta to shed salary. He is owed $10 million in 2017.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays Interested In Dexter Fowler
The Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays are believed to be interested in Dexter Fowler, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Braves Acquire Jaime Garcia From Cardinals For Prospects
The Cardinals have traded Jaime Garcia to the Braves for three prospects.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Cubs Sign Jon Jay To One-Year, $8M Deal
Outfielder Jon Jay hit .291 in 347 at-bats for the Padres last season.

Cardinals, Brett Cecil Agree To Four-Year, $30.5M Deal
Brett Cecil, 30, went 1-7 with a 3.93 ERA in 54 games with the Blue Jays last season

Matt Holliday Becomes Final Free Agent
Matt Holliday and the Cardinals agreed to waive a provision in his contract that would have guaranteed his 2017 salary if he finishes among the top 10 in National League MVP voting.

Associated Press

Addison Russell's 6 RBIs Ties World Series Record
Addison Russell joins Albert Pujols, Hideki Matsui, and Bobby Richardson for most runs driven in during a World Series game.

Cardinals, Carlos Martinez Have Mutual Interest In Extension
The two sides plan to discuss a deal in the coming months and could reach an agreement before the 2017 season.

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Mark McGwire, Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner On Hall Of Fame Ballot
Mark McGwire joins Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner and seven others on the Today's Game Era ballot to be considered for election to Cooperstown in December.

Associated Press

Cardinals Expected To Retain Mike Matheny For 2017
The Cardinals are expected to retain Mike Matheny as manager for the 2017 season, the last year of his deal.

Jose de Jesus Ortiz/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Aledmys Diaz Granted Leave For Jose Fernandez Memorial
The Cardinals have granted Aledmys Diaz permission to leave the team to attend a private memorial service for childhood friend Jose Fernandez.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Cardinals Set Record With 15th Pinch-Hit Home Run
The Cardinals set a Major League record on Tuesday night with their 15th pinch-hit home run of the season.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Carlos Gomez May Be Option For Marlins
The Marlins are exploring a number of hitters in the wake of Giancarlo Stanton's injury and Carlos Gomez is among the options.

Joe Frisaro/MLB

Matt Holliday Goes On DL With Fractured Thumb
The Cardinals have promoted pitcher Luke Weaver from Triple-A Memphis.

Cardinals Exploring Trade For Carlos Gomez
The Cardinals are exploring the possibility of a trade for Carlos Gomez after Matt Holliday broke his thumb on Thursday, according to a source.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Cardinals To Promote Luke Weaver For Saturday Start
The Cardinals will promote Luke Weaver to start on Saturday in place of Michael Wacha.

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Cardinals Acquire Zack Duke From White Sox
The White Sox receive OF Charlie Tilson who has been batting .282 at Triple-A Memphis.

Matt Holliday Hit In Nose By Fastball; No Fractures
The Cardinals said Matt Holliday's nose was not fractured, but said he had a facial abrasion by his nose and upper lip.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Former Cardinals Executive Sentenced To Jail For Astros Hack
The decision was handed down by a federal judge.

Associated Press

Mike Matheny: Cardinals 'Fortunate' To Be Where They Are
The Cardinals are seven games back in the National League Central, but Mike Matheny believes the club is fortunate to be that close.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Cardinals Place Matt Carpenter On DL With Oblique Strain
Cardinals teammate Aledmys Diaz will replace Matt Carpenter on the NL roster in next week's All-Star Game.