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Cardinals Have Confidence In Stephen Piscotty

Feb 2, 2016 7:17 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals lost Jason Heyward in free agency, but are hoping they'll still get strong production in the outfield thanks to their confidence in Stephen Piscotty.

"You look at his progression through the Minor Leagues, and it was a perfect trend," general manager John Mozeliak said. "It was always getting better. There is a level of confidence that he's the right guy to make the bet on."

St. Louis will also give Randal Grichuk a chance after opting not to court Justin Upton, Yoenis Cespedes or Alex Gordon after Heyward joined the Chicago Cubs.

"Stephen is a phenomenal talent, and one of those guys we see so much potential for," manager Mike Matheny said. "We talk about how this kid can make quick adjustments. This kid figures it out on the fly. There is a mental side that Stephen brings, and we'd like all the other kids in the system to figure that out as well. He's the kind of kid we're convinced there is even a higher upside than what we've seen already."

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Cardinals Acquired Jedd Gyorko As Insurance For Jhonny Peralta

Jan 25, 2016 3:20 PM

Jhonny Peralta appeared to wear down in the second half of last season, which motivated the St. Louis Cardinals to acquire insurance this winter.

Peralta hit .298 with 13 home runs and 46 runs batted in prior to the All-Star break. After the break, the infielder hit just .243.

"Yeah, I played a lot of games, but I always like to play a lot of games. I don't want to say (I was) tired, but when you play a lot of games like that it's kind of hard with the schedule we have and everything," Peralta admitted. "But I like to play games. It doesn't matter how many games."

The Cardinals acquired Jedd Gyorko, who plays shortstop and second base. Gyorko may not be as strong defensively as Peralta, but his bat is expected to be more reliable.

"Gyorko is good for the team," said Peralta. "I know he's going to help a lot with rest with a couple of guys like Kolten Wong, me and (Matt) Carpenter, too, because he can play third base. It's good to have him here."

Rick Hummel/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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

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Momentum Growing For DH In National League

Jan 18, 2016 8:57 AM

John Mozeliak told fans at the St. Louis Cardinals' Winter Warm-Up that there is growing momentum for the adoption of the designated hitter in the National League.

The general manager said Saturday there's "more momentum" for the DH in the NL.

"I do feel like there were times I could look all of you in the face and say it's a non-starter, it's not being discussed at the owner level or GM," Mozeliak said. "But over the past year it has. I'm not suggesting you're going to see a change but I definitely think the momentum (has changed)."

His comments echoes similar ones made this past spring by MLBPA chief Tony Clark.

Mozeliak said moving the DH into the NL by the start of 2017 "would seem to me a little fast."

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Cardinals To Re-Sign Maness, Moss, Rosenthal

Jan 18, 2016 8:37 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to re-sign Trevor Rosenthal, Seth Maness and Brandon Moss, avoiding salary arbitration.

Rosenthal, 25, will make a huge leap to $5.6 million next year after setting a franchise record with 48 saves last year and leads the Major Leagues with 93 saves the last two seasons.

Maness, 26, pitched in a career-high 76 games last season, among the National League leaders. He'll earn $1.4 million next season.

Moss, 32, is getting a big raise to $8.25 million, up from $6.5 million last year.

Associated Press

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

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Cardinals Confident No Other Employees Implicated In Hacking Scandal

Jan 12, 2016 7:45 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals are awaiting potential punishment from Major League Baseball after a former club executive pleaded guilty Friday to multiple counts of illegally accessing confidential information in the database of the Houston Astros.

"I imagine it's certainly a possibility," John Mozeliak said. "But I can't speak for" the commissioner’' office.

Mozeliak is limited in what he can say until former scouting director Chris Correa is sentenced on April 11, but he is confident that no other member of the Cardinals front office will be implicated.

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Cardinals Sign Korean Reliever Seung-Hwan Oh

Jan 11, 2016 4:52 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed Korean pitcher Seung-Hwan Oh to a one-year contract with a club option for a second year.

A source told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the total value of the contract, including the option, could reach around $5 million.

Associated Press

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

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Cardinals Appear Ready To Deal For Seung-Hwan Oh

Jan 11, 2016 12:19 AM

The Cardinals appear to be in position to land South Korean reliever Seung-Hwan Oh, according to a KBSn report, which says "all signs point to" St. Louis being the team to finalize a deal. Reportedly, Oh will go through medicals Monday and will become a Cardinals member if all goes well.

MLB.com

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

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Former Cardinals Executive Pleads Guilty To Hacking Astros

Jan 8, 2016 4:22 PM

Chris Correa, the former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals, has pleaded guilty to five criminal charges in connection with unauthorized access of the Houston Astros' database.

Correa appeared before a U.S. district court judge in Houston on Friday and had his sentencing hearing scheduled for April 11.

The maximum penalty for each of the five counts, The Houston Chronicle reported, is up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and restitution.

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Tags: Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Legal, Misc Rumor

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McGwire, Trammell Fall Off HOF Ballot

Jan 7, 2016 7:10 AM

Mark McGwire, Alan Trammell and 13 other former Major League players have fallen off the Hall of Fame ballot.

McGwire's candidacy for Cooperstown ended Wednesday. He wasn't elected after 10 years, a lower threshold established in 2014.

Jim Edmonds was one of 12 first-time candidates who wound up going one-and-done. He fell short of the 5 percent threshold to remain on the ballot.

John Schlegel/MLB

Tags: Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Cardinals Interested In Colorado's Outfielders

Dec 28, 2015 2:42 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals have shown interest in trading for one of the Colorado Rockies' outfielders.

Carlos Gonzalez, who turned 30 in October, hits better at Coors Field and may not be a realistic target for the Cardinals.

Corey Dickerson and Charlie Blackmon are other possible targets.

Benjamin Hochman/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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

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Columnist Joe Strauss Dies From Complications Related To Leukemia
Joe Strauss, a sports columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who covered baseball for nearly three decades, has died at age 54.

ESPN

Leake, Cardinals Agree To Five-Year, $80M Deal
The contract also includes a mutual option for the 2021 season.

ESPN

Cardinals In Mix To Sign Mike Leake
Mike Leake could sign with a club soon and the Cardinals are in the mix for the right-hander, according to a report.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Market For Scott Kazmir Taking Shape
Scott Kazmir, 31, has trimmed his suitors to the Royals, Athletics, Cardinals, Nationals and Astros.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Cardinals May Have Interest In Jake Odorizzi
The Cardinals have contacted the Rays about a starting pitcher and Jake Odorizzi is believed to be the target, according to a report.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Matheny Disagrees With Heyward's Aging Comments
Jason Heyward said the Cardinals' aging core was one of the reason he signed with the Cubs as a free-agent.

ESPN.com

Cardinals Have No Interest In Pursuing Chris Davis
The club plans to stick with Matt Adams and Brandon Moss at first base.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Jason Heyward Agrees To Eight-Year, $184M Deal With Cubs
The Cardinals and Nationals also pursued Jason Heyward.

ESPN

Nationals Emerge As Suitor For Jason Heyward
The Cubs and Cardinals also had been known to be in the hunt for the outfielder.

ESPN

Broxton, Cardinals Agree To Two-Year, $7.5M Deal
Jonathan Broxton, 31, will earn $3.75 million in each of the next two seasons.

Associated Press

Cardinals, Giants Interested In Wei-Yin Chen
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports also writes that the Royals and Nationals could become serious suitors.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Padres Trade Jedd Gyorko To Cardinals For Jon Jay
The Padres will send over several million dollars to offset Jedd Gyorko's contract.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Phillies Claim Peter Bourjos Off Waivers
The Phillies have claimed Peter Bourjos off waivers from the Cardinals.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

David Price Initially Thought He'd Sign With Cardinals
The Red Sox made a final push for David Price, even increasing an initial offer, as they also negotiated with Zack Greinke, according to a source.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Chris Davis Isn't 'Top Priority' For Cardinals
The Cardinals haven't made Chris Davis a "top priority" in free agency, according to a report.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Cardinals Interested In Chris Davis
The Cardinals are interested in Chris Davis and have spoken with agent Scott Boras about the slugger, according to a report.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Report: Buehrle Will Pitch For Cardinals Or Retire
Mark Buehrle, who is 214-160 with a career 3.81 ERA, will be 37 in March and has talked about stepping away from baseball.

Larry Brown/FOX Sports

Cardinals Extend Qualifying Offers To Heyward, Lackey
The Cardinals are likely to try to sign Jason Heyward to a multi-year deal.

ESPN.com

Cardinals Want To Re-Sign Jason Heyward
John Mozeliak said Jason Heyward "was a tremendous fit on this club [and] did exactly what we wanted him to do."

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Cubs Clinch Series At Wrigley For First Time Ever
The Cubs defeated the Cardinals 6-4 on Tuesday night to advance to the NLCS.

Associated Press

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