St Louis Cardinals Wiretap

Cardinals, Carlos Martinez Have Mutual Interest In Extension

Oct 5, 2016 7:56 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals and Carlos Martinez share mutual interest in coming to terms on a contract extension.

The two sides plan to discuss a deal in the coming months and could reach an agreement before the 2017 season.

Previously, the Cardinals have signed Adam Wainwright, Matt Carpenter, Yadier Molina and Kolten Wong to extensions during spring training.

Martinez is currently on track to make his first trip through arbitration during the offseason.

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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

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Mark McGwire, Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner On Hall Of Fame Ballot

Oct 4, 2016 7:36 AM

Mark McGwire will get another chance to make the Hall of Fame.

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.

"It's flattering. It's fantastic. I mean, thank you," McGwire said. "It's very flattering to have another opportunity to possibly get into the Hall of Fame. It's exciting."

Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser, Davey Johnson, Lou Piniella and John Schuerholz round out the class of 2017 candidates on the new ballot.

Associated Press

Tags: Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

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Cardinals Expected To Retain Mike Matheny For 2017

Sep 28, 2016 5:06 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals are expected to retain Mike Matheny as manager for the 2017 season, the last year of his deal.

St. Louis has been somewhat disappointing with a 82-75 record and five games left to play.

"Mike's done a really good job for us," owner Bill DeWitt, Jr. said. "There's no thought that we're going to go in any different direction." DeWitt went on to explain that Matheny remains "a great leader" who isn't responsible for what has been "one of those years where things haven't worked."

Jose de Jesus Ortiz/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Aledmys Diaz Granted Leave For Jose Fernandez Memorial

Sep 27, 2016 7:41 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals have granted Aledmys Diaz permission to leave the team to attend a private memorial service for childhood friend Jose Fernandez.

Diaz flew Monday morning to Florida from Chicago, where the Cardinals finished their road trip Sunday night, and then got back to Busch Stadium midway through Monday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds.

Diaz and Fernandez grew up on the same street in Santa Clara, Cuba.

"That was the place where he needed to be today. He doesn't need to be thinking about us right now," Mike Matheny said. "He needed to get back there and be with his family and be with his friend's family and make sure that he's all in. When he gets back here, he'll be all in."

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins

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Cardinals Set Record With 15th Pinch-Hit Home Run

Sep 7, 2016 7:15 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals set a Major League record on Tuesday night with their 15th pinch-hit home run of the season.

Down to their last strike, Matt Carpenter hit a solo home run off of Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Tony Watson to tie the game at 6-6. The Cardinals homered two more times later in the inning as they went on to win 9-7.

"A lot of work goes into being ready for those pinch-hit at-bats and we take a lot of pride in it," Mike Matheny said.

The Cardinals went into Tuesday leading the National League with 196 home runs.

The previous record of 14 pinch-hit home runs was held jointly by the 2001 San Francisco Giants and the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Stats

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Carlos Gomez May Be Option For Marlins

Aug 15, 2016 7:31 AM

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

Gomez would presumably join Ichiro Suzuki in a platoon situation.

The Houston Astros designated Gomez for assignment last week and he has drawn interest from the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets as well.

Joe Frisaro/MLB

Tags: Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Free Agent Rumor

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Matt Holliday Goes On DL With Fractured Thumb

Aug 13, 2016 2:24 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals placed outfielder Matt Holliday on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a fractured thumb and promoted pitcher Luke Weaver from Triple-A Memphis.

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Cardinals Exploring Trade For Carlos Gomez

Aug 12, 2016 3:02 PM

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

Gomez has cleared waivers and is available. Jeff Francoeur is as well, according to a source.

The New York Mets are also interested in adding Gomez.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, Trade Rumor

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Cardinals To Promote Luke Weaver For Saturday Start

Aug 10, 2016 3:01 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals will promote Luke Weaver to start on Saturday in place of Michael Wacha.

Wacha has been placed on the disabled list.

Weaver will make his debut against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. In 13 Minor League starts this season, the 22-year-old is 7-3 with a 1.30 ERA.

The Cardinals called up another prospect, Alex Reyes, on Tuesday and he pitched a perfect inning against the Cincinnati Reds out of the bullpen.

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals

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Cardinals Acquire Zack Duke From White Sox

Jul 31, 2016 2:19 PM

The Cardinals bolstered their bullpen for the pennant chase, acquiring left-hander Zach Duke from the White Sox for a minor league outfielder.

Duke has appeared in an AL-leading 53 games this season and is 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA. The 33-year-old has 42 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings.

The White Sox get 23-year-old outfielder Charlie Tilson, who's batting .282 with four homers, 34 RBIs and 15 stolen bases at Triple-A Memphis.

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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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.

Pirates To Start Top Prospect Tyler Glasnow
Pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow has a 1.78 ERA through 96 innings at Triple-A Indianapolis.

Cubs Make All-Star History
The Cubs join the 1963 Cardinals as the only teams to have their entire infield start an All-Star Game.

Cardinals Remove Trevor Rosenthal From Closer's Role
The Cardinals removed Trevor Rosenthal from the closer's role after he blew his third save of the season on Friday night.


Cardinals Agree To Terms With Dylan Carlson
The outfielder receives $1.35 million, which falls $550,500 shy of the bonus allocation that came with the 33rd overall pick.

Jim Callis/MLB

Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results
The Phillies used the first overall pick on California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

RealGM Staff Report

Cardinals Demote Kolten Wong Months After $25.5M Extension
Just three months after signing him to a five-year, $25.5 million contract extension, the Cardinals have demoted Kolten Wong to Triple-A Memphis.


Adam Wainwright Credits Bounce Back Start To 'Micro-Changes'
Adam Wainwright pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the Rockies, momentarily delaying talk about whether or not he should be replaced in the Cardinals' starting rotation.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Cardinals Gathering Information On Civil Suit Against Carlos Martinez
Carlos Martinez received permission to leave the Cardinals on Friday in order to attend to a personal matter.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Randal Grichuk Now Represented By Casey Close
With a year and 61 days of service time, Randal Grichuk is controllable through the 2020 season and won’t reach arbitration eligibility until the conclusion of the 2017 season.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Cardinals Looking Into Policy After Cubs T-Shirt Flap
The Cardinals intend to re-evaluate their "long-standing policy" of disallowing shirts with the word "suck" on them after a controversy this week at Busch Stadium, according to the club's head of

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Jason Heyward Says He Left Cardinals For Chicago's Locked-Up Core
Visiting Busch Stadium for the first time since he left the Cardinals to sign with the Cubs, Jason Heyward was careful to clarify some of his December comments, which he thinks were misconstrued.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Cards' Matt Holliday Will Start At First Base
Matt Holliday had balked about playing first base in previous seasons.

Cardinals Place Brayan Pena On 15-Day DL
Cardinals backup catcher Brayan Pena has a loose body in his left knee and will likely have surgery.

Jose Oquendo Taking Medical Leave Of Absence
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says that third base coach Jose Oquendo may miss the season.

Cardinals Sign Ruben Tejada To One-Year, $1.5M Deal
The Cardinals needed another infielder after losing Jhonny Peralta for the first few months of the season to injury.

Cardinals Looking Into Anti-Gay Allegations 'Very Seriously'
The Cardinals say they are taking allegations from a former pitcher that he quit baseball because of anti-gay comments "very seriously."

Mark Saxon/ESPN