St Louis Cardinals Wiretap

Lou Brock Diagnosed With Bone Cancer

Apr 14, 2017 7:45 AM

Lou Brock has been diagnosed with bone cancer, the St. Louis Cardinals have announced.

Brock, 77, was set to appear April 25 at Busch Stadium for Budweiser Bash, but that has been cancelled.

"I am disappointed that I won't be able to make the event," Brock said in a statement. "[My wife] Jackie and I appreciate the prayers and support we have received from our many friends and fans in the Cardinals community. We count ourselves blessed that I am receiving the best possible medical treatment and we look forward to seeing many more Cardinals World Series championships in the future."

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Stephen Piscotty Struck In Head By Throw At Home Plate

Apr 5, 2017 7:00 AM

Stephen Piscotty left Tuesday night's game after being struck in the head by a throw from Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez as Piscotty was sliding into home plate.

The Cardinals announced that Piscotty had a head contusion.

Mike Matheny said Piscotty would be evaluated later Tuesday evening, and then again Wednesday morning.

"The trainers asked him a lot of questions. He answered everything fine," Matheny said. "It just rung his bell, which we'll find out what exactly that means when the doctors give him a better test than just us asking him questions on the field. But he was coherent."

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Cardinals, Stephen Piscotty Agree Upon Six-Year, $33.5M Extension

Apr 4, 2017 7:23 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a six-year contract extension with Stephen Piscotty that runs through the 2022 season and includes an option for 2023.

According to a report, the deal is worth $33.5 million.

The 26-year-old hit .273/.343/.457 with 22 home runs and seven stolen bases last season.

"I couldn't ask for a better group of guys to go into battle with. I'm surrounded by winners, competitors and outright studs," Piscotty said. "This team this year is special, and I think everyone got a glimpse of that last night. Look out for this team this year."

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Javier Baez Lost Sight Of Baseball Due To Sign Behind Home Plate

Apr 3, 2017 7:41 AM

Javier Baez says a sign behind home plate camouflaged a baseball headed his way in the third inning of Sunday night's game between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals.

With Dexter Fowler on first base, Aledmys Diaz hit a hard ground ball to Baez, who was shaded toward second base. The ball skipped to the left of Baez and into right center field, allowing Fowler to go to third base. Matt Carpenter later drove him in with a sacrifice fly.

"I'm not afraid to make mistakes and when I make them there are no excuses, but I didn't see the ball at all until it passed the mound," Baez said. "I realized it was the sign because he was getting out of the box and I still didn't see the ball."

Baez explained what happened to Joe Maddon, who kept an eye on the sign when the Cubs took the field for the bottom of the fourth.

Once again the white Major League Baseball sign was visible so Maddon asked the umpires to make sure it was rotated out.

"Of all things the MLB App sign was all white and that ground ball he didn't react to he lost it in the sign," Maddon said. "That was a big play."

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Cardinals, Yadier Molina Agree Upon $60M Extension

Apr 2, 2017 1:08 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals have finalized a three-year, $60 million contract extension with Yadier Molina.

Molina becomes baseball's highest-paid catcher by average annual contract value.

The two sides were working towards a new deal this spring.

Molina hit .307/.360/.427 with eight homers and 38 doubles in 581 plate appearances last season.

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Yadier Molina, Cardinals Agree Upon $55M Extension

Mar 31, 2017 8:09 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed in principle to a three-year contract extension with Yadier Molina that will guarantee him between $55 million and $65 million.

The two sides reportedly have been in talks on a deal over the course of spring training.

Molina, who will turn 35 in July, hit .307/.360/.427 with eight homers and 38 doubles in 581 plate appearances last season.

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Cardinals Could Be Sleeper For Jose Quintana

Mar 31, 2017 8:02 AM

Jose Quintana has been mentioned in trade rumors for nearly a year, but the belief is now that he'll remain with the Chicago White Sox until closer to the mid-season deadline.

The Houston Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates have long been the perceived favorites for the left-hander, but the St. Louis Cardinals have quietly been showing interest in a deal.

St. Louis has the combination of young players and prospects to make a trade for Quintana work.

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Cardinals Upset With Kolten Wong's Reaction To Possible Platoon

Mar 30, 2017 8:31 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals weren't happy to hear that Kolten Wong would rather be traded than be part of a platoon.

"Overall, we've had a very positive camp, and I certainly don't want someone's comments to bring us down," John Mozeliak said.

Wong was batting just .184 with a .558 OPS entering Wednesday's Grapefruit League finale. The Cardinals could pair the left-handed hitting Wong with the right-handed Jedd Gyorko.

The club signed Wong, 26, to a five-year, $25.5 million contract extension last spring.

"I just feel like, you know, my time here, it's almost limited," Wong told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "So, we will see what happens. I don't know what's going on. No one has told me anything. I'm just working hard, doing what I've got to do to get myself ready for whatever happens."

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Cardinals, Yadier Molina 'Making Progress' In Extension Talks

Mar 28, 2017 7:57 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals are "making major progress" in talks on a contract extension with Yadier Molina, according to a report.

The positive momentum towards a deal has the two sides "getting close" to an agreement.

Molina said over the weekend that he would not be willing to discuss a new deal during the season.

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Cardinals Offering Monthly Subscription Service For Tickets

Mar 23, 2017 8:19 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced a monthly subscription service for fans who want to attend games this season.

Fans will be able to attend as many home games as they want each month for a fee of $29.99. The Cardinals Ballpark Pass covers all games except Opening Day and gives users a Standing Room ticket delivered digitally.

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Wainwright Not Worried About Spring 'Beating'
Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright gave up 10 runs in less than two innings against the Mets on Friday.

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Cardinals 'Open For Business' On Yadier Molina Extension
Yadier Molina is entering the final guaranteed year of his contract with the Cardinals.

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Molina Blasts MLB For Family Security Arrangements At WBC
Yadier Molina says "MLB...its a shame that you are more interested in making money and not in the security of our family."

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Cardinals-Pirates To Play In Williamsport During LLWS
The Pirates will host the Cardinals on Aug. 20, but the game will reportedly be played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania during the Little League World Series.

Dejan Kovacevic/DK Pittsburgh Sports

Trevor Rosenthal Scratched With Lat Tightness
The Cardinals don't believe the injury will be a long-term concern.

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Matt Harvey Says Spring Debut A 'Good First Step'
Mets starter Matt Harvey threw 39 pitches on Sunday, his first outing back from surgery.

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Clubs Still Expressing Trade Interest In Jose Quintana
Jose Quintana has been mentioned in trade rumors for much of the offseason and clubs remain interested in the White Sox left-hander.

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

Cardinals Sign Jose Adolis Garcia To Minor-League Deal
Outfielder Jose Adolis Garcia played in Japan last season.

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Rick Ankiel Drank Before Games To Calm Nerves
Rick Ankiel admitted that he drank vodka before his first two starts of the 2001 season, which came after his meltdown in the 2000 playoffs when he became the first Major League pitcher to throw five

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Cardinals Prospect Alex Reyes Likely To Have Tommy John
Alex Reyes has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and will get a second opinion, but season-ending Tommy John surgery is likely for the Cardinals pitcher, according to a sour

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Carlos Martinez First Approached Cardinals About Extension
Carlos Martinez and his agent, Brian Mejia, first approached the Cardinals about an extension almost a year ago.

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cardinals, Carlos Martinez Agree To Five-Year, $51M Extension
Carlos Martinez, 25, had a 3.04 ERA in 31 starts for the Cardinals last season.

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Chris Correa Maintains Astros First Stole From Cardinals
Chris Correa says he accepts responsibility for a breach of the Astros' baseball operations database, but he maintains that the Astros were the team that first stole information.

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MLB Orders Cardinals To Give Astros Two Top Picks, $2M
After completing its investigation regarding the breach of the Astros' baseball operations database by a former Cardinals' employee, Major League Baseball has ordered the Cardinals to give the Astro

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Cardinals Could Extend Yadier Molina's Contract
Yadier Molina 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.

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Royals, Cardinals Had 'Preliminary' Talks About Matt Adams
The Royals had "preliminary" talks with the Cardinals about a trade for Matt Adams before they acquired Peter O'Brien from the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Several Clubs Interested In Brian Dozier
The Cardinals have joined the Dodgers, Nationals, and Giants in talks with the Twins about second baseman Brian Dozier.

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Cardinals Listening To Offers For Matt Adams
Matt Carpenter is set to play first base for the Cardinals in 2017.

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Dexter Fowler Thinks Cardinals Can Extend Title Window
Dexter Fowler, coming off a World Series victory with the Cubs, opted to sign with the Cardinals in part because they are always in the title hunt.

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Angels Inquired With Cardinals About Kolten Wong
The Cardinals, however, want to keep Kolten Wong as they greatly value his defensive ability.

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