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Cardinals Name Carlos Martinez No. 5 Starter

Mar 30, 2015 5:01 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals have named Carlos Martinez their fifth starter.

The right-hander, 23, had a 4.03 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 89.1 innings in 2014.

Seven of his 57 appearances last season were starts.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

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Jon Lester Experiencing 'Dead Arm'

Mar 21, 2015 1:29 AM

Cubs pitching ace Jon Lester will miss his next scheduled spring start on Saturday due to a "dead arm," according to manager Joe Maddon.

"(It's) not pain," Maddon said Friday. "A lot of guys go through that moment where the arm just doesn't feel right. He came out of the chute really strong and probably went after it too hard, too early. Possibly trying to impress everybody, just being Jon Lester."

Tags: Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Wainwright To Make Spring Debut Saturday

Mar 17, 2015 3:34 PM

Adam Wainwright will make his first spring training start for the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday against the Atlanta Braves.

Wainwright had a mild abdominal strain early in spring training. He has thrown a pair of bullpen sessions since the injury, including about 40 pitches in a simulated game Monday.

The right-hander plans to throw another bullpen session on Thursday, and manager Mike Matheny expects him to toss 50-60 pitches Saturday.

Associated Press

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Injury, Misc Rumor

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GMs Conflicted On Heyward's Chances At $200M Contract

Mar 13, 2015 7:17 AM

A number of baseball executives were polled by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports on whether or not Jason Heyward's next contract will be worth more than $200 million.

Just 10 players in Major League history have signed for that amount, all in the last few years.

Heyward's numbers may not indicate that he's a $200 million player, but one general manager foresees him getting at least close to $200 million as a free agent.

"He's the best defensive right fielder in the game. He's young. He has upside. He's a leader with great makeup. And his WAR is higher than Giancarlo Stanton," the GM pointed out.

Heyman polled six other general managers who don't believe Heyward will flirt with a $200 million contract.

However, one of the GMs wouldn't rule out such a deal if Heyward has a huge season for the St. Louis Cardinals.

"It only takes one," that GM pointed out.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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

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Giants, White Sox, Yankees Pursued Jason Heyward Trade

Mar 10, 2015 4:48 PM

The New York Yankees approached the Atlanta Braves about acquiring Jason Heyward this offseason before he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.

While the Yankees asked about Heyward, the Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants actually came closer to landing the outfielder.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Heyward Embracing Opportunity With Cardinals

Mar 9, 2015 8:26 AM

Jason Heyward is welcoming the change of scenery and new opportunity he has been given with the St. Louis Cardinals.

"Who is going to bring out the best in me?" Heyward said. "Who is going to provide that environment on a daily basis that says you have a great opportunity to be great for as long as you can play? That's the biggest thing for me. Money will take care of itself. That's part of it. The sooner that is done the better, for me. That's not to say it has to be before, during, or after this season. When it happens, it happens. I want to see how good I can be. I don't know yet."

The Cardinals intend to install Heyward near the top of their order, likely batting No. 2 as he did the first two games of spring training. He is entering the traditional peak for a hitter, and his next contract could take him through his prime years.

"I want to win a World Series. I would like to say that I want to win multiple World Series, but so many people don't have one, so I'll start by saying one," Heyward said. "We're five years into this thing and I don't feel like I've been given a shot at seeing what's possible. This is going to be the time of my life finding out. ... I do understand that it takes a group of people for support, that it's not going to happen with an individual. It takes a team to bring out the best. That's what I would look for.

"I want to find out how good all this can go."

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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

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Lance Lynn Leaves Game With Hip Injury

Mar 8, 2015 7:58 PM

Right-hander Lance Lynn left the Cardinals' spring training game in the second inning Sunday with a left hip flexor strain, but six relievers combined to allow only one run in a 5-2 win over the Marlins, according to a report.

Lynn said the injury wasn't serious, but he'll be reevaluated Monday.

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins, Game Recap, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Wainwright Experiencing Abdominal Pain

Feb 25, 2015 8:10 AM

Adam Wainwright is being sent back to St. Louis to be examined by a doctor after his workout was cut short by abdominal pain on Tuesday.

John Mozeliak said he wasn't "overly concerned," given the ailment is unrelated to the pitcher's arm.

The Cardinals are scheduled to update the right-hander's status after he sees doctors.

Associated Press

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Injury

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Cardinals To Sign Carlos Villanueva

Feb 24, 2015 4:51 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed Carlos Villanueva to a Minor League contract.

Villanueva will earn $2 million if he reaches the Major Leagues.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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

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Cardinals To Limit Wainwright This Spring
Adam Wainwright has averaged 222 innings the past three seasons with the Cardinals.

Hamels Hopes To Be Traded To Contender
Cole Hamels wanted to be clear that he's not demanding a trade, but expressed his desire to win.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Cardinals Acquire Ohlman From Orioles
The Cardinals have acquired Michael Ohlman from the Orioles in exchange for cash considerations.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Mulder Won't Attempt Another Comeback
Mark Mulder had a brief stint with the Angels cut short last season with a rupture of his Achilles tendon.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

James Shields Expected To Sign This Week
With multiple offers on the table, James Shields is expected to sign with a club by the end of the week.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Five, Six Teams Still Trying To Trade For Cole Hamels
No team has offered a package that Philadelphia would seriously consider for Cole Hamels.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Cardinals Will Wear Patches To Honor Tavaras
The Cardinals will wear an "OT" patch to honor the late outfielder.

Jason Heyward Open To Extension Offer
Jason Heyward would not be opposed to in-season negotiations with the Cardinals on a long-term deal.

Well-Traveled Arthur Rhodes Retires
Arthur Rhodes had a 20-year career, changing uniforms 9 times in eleven years.

Cardinals Discussed Long-Term Deal With Lynn
The 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.

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Cardinals, Padres, Rangers, Red Sox Linked To Hamels
Cole Hamels, who has been available since last summer, can still be acquired from the Phillies for a steep price.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Cardinals, Lynn Agree To Three-Year, $22M Deal
Lance Lynn gets $7 million this year and $7.5 million in each of the following two seasons.

Associated Press

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

Ken Rosenthal & Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Phillies Want To Move Hamels Before Opening Day
The Red Sox and Cardinals remain linked to Hamels.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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

William Boor/MLB

Cardinals Will Sign Mark Reynolds
The 31-year-old hit .196/.287/.394 in 433 plate appearances with the Brewers in 2014.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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.