St Louis Cardinals Wiretap

Cardinals Will Wear Patches To Honor Tavaras

Jan 18, 2015 7:51 PM

The Cardinals announced that the team will wear patches on its jerseys in 2015 to honor Oscar Taveras, according to an report on Sunday.

The patches will read "OT" to honor the late outfielder who died this offseason at the age of 22 in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic.

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Jason Heyward Open To Extension Offer

Jan 18, 2015 1:25 PM

Though the Cardinals have not yet broached the subject of an extension with newly acquired Jason Heyward, the outfielder said on Saturday that he would not be opposed to in-season negotiations if the club chooses to pursue a longer deal.

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Well-Traveled Arthur Rhodes Retires

Jan 18, 2015 1:12 PM

Though he hadn't appeared in a major or minor league game since 2011, veteran Arthur Rhodes quietly held on to a remarkable career that spanned 20 big league seasons.

According to's Mark Sheldon, that changed on Friday as the now 45-year-old left-handed reliever just as quietly made his retirement official.

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor

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Cardinals Discussed Long-Term Deal With Lynn

Jan 16, 2015 7:59 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals discussed a long-term deal with Lance Lynn that would have bought out some of his years of free agency, but eventually settled on a three-year, $22 million contract.

The three-year pact covers his remaining arbitration years. Lynn will hit the free agent market in 2017.

"Obviously, when you start talking about free-agent years or option years, there's a cost to that," John Mozeliak said. "It certainly was something that was on the table and discussed. But ultimately the comfort of something getting done, even though it may feel short, it gives us some cost certainty."

"That was something that was our main focus from the get-go, was to not give away one or two free-agent years," Lynn added. "That's what we stuck to."

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

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

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Cardinals, Padres, Rangers, Red Sox Linked To Hamels

Jan 15, 2015 3:54 PM

Cole Hamels, who has been available since last summer, can still be acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies for a steep price.

Four primary suitors remain for the left-hander, according to sources, the San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox.

The Phillies will not move Hamels unless they get the haul they are looking for in return.

Hamels is signed through 2018 at $96 million and possibly through 2019 at $110 million if his option kicks in.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers

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Cardinals, Lynn Agree To Three-Year, $22M Deal

Jan 15, 2015 3:46 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a three-year, $22 million contract with Lance Lynn, avoiding arbitration.

Lynn gets $7 million this year and $7.5 million in each of the following two seasons.

The right-hander made $535,000 last season, when he was 15-10 with a 2.74 ERA in 33 starts.

Associated Press

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

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Cardinals Looking To Upgrade Rotation

Jan 8, 2015 8:37 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals like their starting rotation, but they are still looking at potential upgrades.

They are exploring trades for Cole Hamels and David Price and the possibility of signing Max Scherzer, according to sources.

Nothing is close and there is a chance St. Louis will simply opt to go with what they have.

Ken Rosenthal & Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

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

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Phillies Want To Move Hamels Before Opening Day

Jan 5, 2015 7:29 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies are motivated to move Cole Hamels before the 2015 season begins.

The left-hander is owed at least $90 million over the next four years. His contract increases to $110 million over five seasons if Hamels is traded to one of the nine teams on his no-trade list.

The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals remain linked to Hamels.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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

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Cardinals Sign Jordan Walden

Dec 23, 2014 4:44 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed Jordan Walden to a two-year contract that includes a team option for the 2017 season.

The deal is believed to be worth $6.6 million and the club option is for $5.25 million, according to a report.

St. Louis acquired the right-hander from the Atlanta Braves in the Jason Heyward trade on Nov. 17.

William Boor/MLB

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

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Cardinals Will Sign Mark Reynolds

Dec 11, 2014 1:51 PM

Mark Reynolds will sign a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, pending a physical.

The 31-year-old hit .196/.287/.394 in 433 plate appearances with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2014.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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

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Martinez Will Wear No. 18 To Honor Taveras
Carlos Martinez will wear No. 18 next season to honor his late friend and former teammate Oscar Taveras, who died in a car accident in October.


Cardinals Acquire Jason Heyward From Braves For Shelby Miller
The Cardinals have acquired Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden from the Braves for Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins.

Jon Morosi/Fox Sports

Taveras Was Drunk At Time Of Fatal Crash
Toxicology reports showed Taveras had a blood-alcohol level five times the Dominican Republic's legal limit when he lost control of his car Oct. 26 on a highway in the tourist region of Puerto Plata.


Major Individual Award Finalists Announced
The BWAA has revealed the top three finalists for the American League and National League for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player.


Cardinals Exercise Lackey's Bargain Option
The Cardinals have exercised their 2015 option on John Lackey, which is for the Major League minimum.

Associated Press

Perez Learns Of Friend's Death, Comes Up Big For Giants
As Juan Perez prepared for a possible spot role for the Giants in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night, he learned of the tragic death of his friend, Oscar Taveras.

Anthony DiComo/MLB

Wainwright Has Minor Elbow Surgery
Adam Wainwright has had minor surgery on his right elbow, according to the Cardinals.

Associated Press

Oscar Taveras Killed In Car Accident
Taveras was driving in his native Dominican Republic.

RealGM Staff Report

Taveras Could Become Cardinals' Right Fielder
With right field unsettled,the Cardinals could look to Oscar Taveras to fill the position in 2015.

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Cardinals Expect 'Significant' Payroll Increase
The Cardinals are expected to increase their payroll in the coming years, according to chairman Bill DeWitt.

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Matheny Defends Decision Not To Bring In Rosenthal
Mike Matheny opted to use Michael Wacha in the bottom of the ninth inning of a tie game with theCardinals facing elimination on Thursday night.

Bernie Miklasz/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Giants Win NL Pennant On Ishikawa's HR
The Giants defeated the Cardinals by the score of 6-3 on Thursday night, and will now face the Royals in the World Series.

Wainwright Ready For Game 5, Likes Pitching At AT&T Park
Adam Wainwright is 3-4 with a 3.18 ERA in seven career appearances in San Francisco.

Lyle Spencer/MLB

Molina Tests Oblique, Not In Game 4 Lineup
Yadier Molina took only a few light swings before the pain became too much for him to continue.

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Lackey First Pitcher HBP Since 1977
Tim Hudson hit John Lackey with a pitch on his left elbow in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's Game 3 of the NLCS.

Associated Press

Molina Managing Pain, Encouraged By Improvement
Yadier Molina took the field on Tuesday to test his strained left oblique before Game 3 of the NLCS.

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Matheny Reiterates Confidence In Rosenthal
The Cardinals won Game 2 of the NLCS against the Giants despite Trevor Rosenthal's blown save.

Adam McCalvy/MLB

Hopeful Cardinals Will Keep Molina Active
The Cardinals will keep Yadier Molina on their postseason roster despite a strained left oblique muscle sustained in Game 2 of the NLCS.


Peavy Thought He'd End Up With Cardinals
Jake Peavy revealed Sunday that when the Red Sox were fielding calls about his services around the trade deadline, he thought he'd end up with the Cardinals.

Henry Schulman/San Francisco Chronicle

Yadier Molina Leaves Game With Strained Oblique
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina strained the muscle in his left side during the sixth inning of Sunday night's game.