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Could Ryan Howard Be An Option For Cardinals?

May 28, 2015 2:11 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals will be without Matt Adams for quite some time, if not the remainder of the season, which may put them in the market for a first baseman.

For the time being, the Cardinals have recalled Ed Easley, a catcher, from Triple-A Memphis with Mark Reynolds taking over at first base.

Buster Olney of ESPN mentions Ryan Howard, Ben Zobrist, Aramis Ramirez, Adam Lind, Daniel Nava, Ike Davis, Garrett Jones, Daniel Murphy and Travis Ishikawa as trade options for St. Louis.

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

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Matt Holliday Has Reached Base In First 43 Games

May 28, 2015 2:06 PM

Matt Holliday set a St. Louis Cardinals record Wednesday by reaching base safely for the 43rd consecutive game to start the season.

It's the longest streak in the National League since 1914.

Derek Jeter set the Major League record with 53 in a row in 1999.

"Yeah, that's cool," Holliday said. "A lot of players have played in the National League. That's pretty good, I guess."

ESPN

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Shelby Miller Making Strides After Rough 2014

May 18, 2015 7:27 AM

Shelby Miller endured a rough 2014 season after breaking out the previous season. On Sunday, Miller came within one out of a no-hitter as he becomes a more complete pitcher.

Miller has introduced a slider and his strikeout rate is back over 20 percent after it dipped last year.

The Atlanta Braves acquired Miller from the St. Louis Cardinals in the Jason Heyward deal this past offseason. They'll control him for at least three more seasons.

The 24-year-old has a 1.60 ERA, 0.933 WHIP, 39 strikeouts and 15 walks in 45 innings (seven starts) this year.

Christina Kahrl/ESPN

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Miguel Cabrera Hits 400th Career Home Run

May 17, 2015 12:47 AM

Tigers star Miguel Cabrera hit his 400th career home run Saturday, a milestone that became official after an early rain delay.

Cabrera connected for a solo drive to straightaway center in the first inning at St. Louis on Saturday. 

"That means a lot to me," Cabrera said about the milestone. "But I just want to win and play games."

ESPN.com

Tags: Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Joe Kelly Still Learning To Pitch Without Yadier Molina

May 15, 2015 8:04 AM

Joe Kelly, who has a 5.58 ERA and 2-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio through seven starts for the Boston Red Sox, is still adjusting to life without catcher Yadier Molina.

Kelly has thrown more 98 mph-plus pitches than any Major League starter in 2015.

However, he has struggled since the Red Sox acquired him from the St. Louis Cardinals at last July's non-waiver trade deadline.

Kelly is still adjusting to life away from the Cardinals, where Molina called all of his pitches. Kelly is being asked to call his own pitches in Boston as rookie catcher Blake Swihart gains Major League experience.

"Probably recognizing hitters and pitching," Kelly said when asked what part of living the life of a starting pitcher he has improved on the most. "When I was in St. Louis I didn't have to think. Yadier just threw out a sign and I threw it. It was great. But now I'm actually better at reading games, knowing situations, I do my own scouting and I do my own video. I did a little bit of it in St. Louis, but it's more of me trying to read and watch. My stats don't show, but I feel like I'm better at it."

Kelly had a 2.81 ERA in the 49 games that he threw to Molina in St. Louis.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Tags: Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Tigers Push David Price's Next Start To Saturday

May 11, 2015 2:33 AM

David Price's next start is being pushed back two days as the Detroit left-hander recovers from a right hamstring strain.

Price hurt himself Friday night when he stepped on a bat that had been tossed aside by an umpire in anticipation of a possible play at the plate. He was scheduled to start Thursday, but he'll instead pitch on Saturday in St. Louis against the Cardinals.

ESPN.com

Tags: Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect

May 8, 2015 4:22 PM

Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

"This year's draft class is indeed one of the weakest in recent memory, not just at the top of the first round, but also in specific areas that are usually deeper, such as college starting pitching and catchers of any stripe. There is, however, a lot of depth in the middle infield," writes Law.

Brendan Rodgers, a shortstop out of Lake Mary High School (FL), is ranked first on Law's list.

Keith Law/ESPN

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Matt Carpenter's Plate Approach Shifting

May 6, 2015 8:33 AM

Matt Carpenter was very aggressive at the plate in the first two weeks of the season, attacking pitchers early in the count to great success.

Carpenter had a high walk rate during the 2014 season, but abandoned a patient approach during the playoffs and hit well. After beginning the season with an aggressive approach, Carpenter has settled in over the last two weeks.

The St. Louis Cardinals mainstay is now seeing about the same number of pitches he has throughout his career, but that doesn't mean he's no longer aggressive.

As Craig Edwards points out for FanGraphs, Carpenter is swinging at pitches in the strike zone more often than he has in any of the last three seasons.

Craig Edwards/FanGraphs

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Cardinals Sign Dan Johnson To Minors Deal

May 4, 2015 5:00 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed Dan Johnson to a Minor League contract.

The recently-released 35-year-old began the season in the Cincinnati Reds' system.

Johnson has a career slash line of .236/.337/.409 in 1,604 plate appearances.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

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

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released
Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Reds on Wednesda

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Wainwright Doesn't Want DH Rule In NL
Adam Wainwright suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon while stumbling out of the batter's box recently.

ESPN

Wainwright Done For Season Following Surgery
Adam Wainwright has a torn Achilles tendon and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season after undergoing surgery.

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cardinals Will Try To Replace Wainwright From Within
Adam Wainwright may miss the remainder of the season with an Achilles injury, but the Cardinals have no plans to swing a major trade.

Rick Hummel/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Wainwright Expected To Miss The Rest Of The Season
The Cardinals placed Adam Wainwright on the 15-day DL Sunday with what they termed as a left ankle and Achilles injury.

ESPN.com

MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Cardinals-Cubs Game Postponed
Tuesday night's game between the Cardinals and Cubs has been postponed due to the forecast of rain and sub-freezing wind chills throughout the evening.

MLB

Cardinals Name Carlos Martinez No. 5 Starter
The right-hander, 23, had a 4.03 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 89.1 innings in 2014.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Jon Lester Experiencing 'Dead Arm'
Jon Lester remains the Cubs' starter on Opening Day against the Cardinals.

ESPN.com

Wainwright To Make Spring Debut Saturday
Adam Wainwright had a mild abdominal strain early in spring training.

Associated Press

GMs Conflicted On Heyward's Chances At $200M Contract
A number of baseball executives were polled by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports on whether or not Jason Heyward's next contract will be worth more than $200 million.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Giants, White Sox, Yankees Pursued Jason Heyward Trade
The Braves ultimately traded Jason Heyward to the Cardinals.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Heyward Embracing Opportunity With Cardinals
The Cardinals intend to install Jason Heyward near the top of their order, likely batting No. 2 as he did the first two games of spring training.

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Lance Lynn Leaves Game With Hip Injury
Lance Lynn left Sunday's game in the second inning with a left hip flexor strain.

Yahoo.com

Wainwright Experiencing Abdominal Pain
Adam Wainwright is being sent back to St. Louis to be examined by a doctor after his workout Tuesday was cut short by abdominal pain.

Associated Press

Cardinals To Sign Carlos Villanueva
Villanueva will earn $2 million if he reaches the Major Leagues.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Cardinals To Limit Wainwright This Spring
Adam Wainwright has averaged 222 innings the past three seasons with the Cardinals.

ESPN.com

Hamels Hopes To Be Traded To Contender
Cole Hamels wanted to be clear that he's not demanding a trade, but expressed his desire to win.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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