St Louis Cardinals Wiretap

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

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Martinez Will Wear No. 18 To Honor Taveras

Dec 10, 2014 7:40 AM

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.

Martinez asked the Cardinals to switch from the No. 44 he has worn to No. 18, which was the number Taveras wore and received permission Monday.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, it's possible he will keep the number for the rest of his career.

Taveras wore No. 18 after his call-up to the majors last season and hit .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games.

ESPN

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Cardinals Acquire Jason Heyward From Braves For Shelby Miller

Nov 17, 2014 12:16 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden from the Atlanta Braves for Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins.

Heyward had an OPS of .735 with 11 homers in 649 plate appearances last season. Heyward will be a free agent next winter.

Miller had a 3.74 ERA with 127 strikeouts in 31 starts and 183.0 innings.

Jon Morosi/Fox Sports

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Taveras Was Drunk At Time Of Fatal Crash

Nov 13, 2014 10:12 AM

Oscar Taveras was drunk at the time of his fatal car crash last month, an official in the Dominican Republic said.

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, according to a spokesman for the Domincan attorney general's office.

After the findings were released, St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak issued a statement saying team officials "have yet to receive any official notification from the Dominican. Until we have the opportunity to review the official report, we cannot confirm details. While we are still working to obtain the facts, it won't change the fact that this is a terrible tragedy. We have an obligation to use this as an opportunity to educate our players that they must take responsibility for themselves both on and off the field."

ESPN

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Major Individual Award Finalists Announced

Nov 4, 2014 7:11 PM

The Baseball Writers' Association of America 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.

NL Cy Young Award finalists
Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto
Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw
Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright

AL Cy Young Award finalists
Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez
Indians right-hander Corey Kluber
White Sox left-hander Chris Sale

NL Manager of the Year Award finalists
Giants manager Bruce Bochy
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle
Nationals manager Matt Williams

AL Manager of the Year Award finalists
Angels manager Mike Scioscia
Orioles manager Buck Showalter
Royals manager Ned Yost

NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award finalists
Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom
Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton
Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong

AL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award finalists
White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu
Yankees right-hander Dellin Betances
Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker

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Cardinals Exercise Lackey's Bargain Option

Oct 30, 2014 6:49 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals have exercised their 2015 option on John Lackey, which is for the Major League minimum.

Lackey, 36, agreed to a five-year, $82.5 million contract with Boston in December 2009 that contained a provision for a conditional team option at the minimum if he missed a season due to specified injury.

He did not pitch in 2012 after reconstructive elbow surgery.

The minimum next year will be $500,000 plus a cost-of-living adjustment.

Associated Press

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Perez Learns Of Friend's Death, Comes Up Big For Giants

Oct 27, 2014 8:43 AM

As Juan Perez prepared for a possible spot role for the San Francisco Giants in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night, he learned of the tragic death of his friend, Oscar Taveras.

Perez and Taveras had been close in the Dominican Republic, playing winter ball together. He knows the Taveras family very well.

After mourning a bit, Perez hid his emotions from Bruce Bochy and entered in the sixth inning as a pinch-runner. He wound up contributing much more, making a key defensive play and hitting the two-run double that broke open San Francisco's 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

"What a game he gave us," Bochy said.

Anthony DiComo/MLB

Tags: San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals

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Wainwright Has Minor Elbow Surgery

Oct 27, 2014 8:19 AM

Adam Wainwright has had minor surgery on his right elbow, according to the St. Louis Cardinals.

The operation was an arthroscopic procedure to trim a small piece of cartilage from his pitching elbow.

Wainwright, 33, is expected to begin physical therapy in two weeks and resume his offseason throwing program in eight weeks.

Mike Matheny made no mention of the injury at a news conference to review the season last week. Matheny said medical tests "all came back negative."

Associated Press

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Oscar Taveras Killed In Car Accident

Oct 26, 2014 8:26 PM

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras has been killed in a car accident.

Taveras was driving in his native Dominican Republic.

The 22-year-old's death has been confirmed by his agent and family to media in the Dominican.

Minutes after reports surfaced, the Cardinals confirmed the sad news.

RealGM Staff Report

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Taveras Could Become Cardinals' Right Fielder

Oct 20, 2014 6:20 PM

With right field unsettled, the St. Louis Cardinals could look to Oscar Taveras to fill the position in 2015.

St. Louis will consider Randal Grichuk, Stephen Piscotty and Taveras for the job.

Taveras struggled when given everyday playing time and was exposed defensively after lagging with his conditioning work this season.

"I think he can be a star, and I think he showed things all season long that showed that," Mike Matheny said. "You see some things there offensively that absolutely excite you. … I think part of that process is that he's never been pushed and never naturally had that passion for the defensive side of the game. He's never had that passion for the baserunning and some of the minor details, which are things that he's now seen guys in that clubhouse who have been around here for a long time, it's all. It's all or nothing. I think that's part of his maturing."

John Mozeliak and Matheny sat down with Taveras at the end of the season to outline their suggestions for an offseason plan.

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

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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.

ESPN.com

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.

ESPN

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.

ESPN.com

Wong Homers In Ninth As Cardinals Even Series
The Cardinals defeated the Giants 5-4 on Sunday night to even their NL Championship Series.

ESPN.com

Bumgarner, Giants Beat Cards In NLCS Opener
Giants ace Madison Bumgarner set a postseason record with 26 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings on the road.

ESPN.com

Cardinals Add Pierzynski To NLCS Roster
The Cardinals will strengthen their bench for the NLCS by adding A.J. Pierzynski to the roster.

Associated Press

Cardinals Sticking With Same Rotation For NLCS
Adam Wainwright will start Game 1 of the NLCS for the Cardinals.

Associated Press

Adams Homers Off Kershaw, Cards Advance To NLCS
The Cardinals edged the Dodgers by the score of 3-2 on Tuesday afternoon to advance to their fourth straight NCLS.

ESPN.com

Kershaw Will Start Game 4 On Short Rest
Clayton Kershaw will pitch on three days' rest Tuesday night when the Dodgers face elimination against the Cardinals.

Barry M. Bloom/MLB

Carpenter Joins Rare Group With Third Home Run
Matt Carpenter is just the sixth player in history to homer in his first three games of a single postseason.

Alyson Footer/MLB

Kemp Criticizes Ump, Calls Strike Zone 'Terrible'
Matt Kemp got in a heated argument with plate umpire Dale Scott late in Game 3 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and Cardinals.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Kemp's HR Lifts Dodgers To Win Over Cards
The Dodgers defeated the Cardinals 3-2 on Saturday night to even their NL Division Series.

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