St Louis Cardinals Wiretap

Cardinals, Matt Carpenter Agree Upon Two-Year, $37M Extension

Apr 11, 2019 8:34 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a two-year, $37 million contract extension with Matt Carpenter.

The deal also includes an option for the 2022 season.

Carpenter, 33, has a $14.5 million salary this season as part of a $52 million, six-year deal that included an $18.5 million club option for 2020 with a $2 million buyout.

Under the new deal, he has guaranteed salaries of $18.5 million in both 2020 and 2021.

Associated Press

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Signing

Pujols: Cardinals 'Handling Talks' Led To 2012 Decision

Apr 7, 2019 2:43 PM

A reflective Albert Pujols says it was the way the Angels showed they cared that led him to join the team seven years ago.

Pujols addressed his 2012 decision to sign with the Angels over the Cardinals in an interview on "In Depth with Graham Bensinger," which is airing in syndication this weekend. During the interview, recorded in spring training, Pujols told Bensinger that he didn't appreciate the way the Cardinals handled negotiations at the time.

"I felt that the approach that they took wasn't showing me that they wanted me to be a longtime Cardinal," Pujols said, adding, "I believe I made the right decision."

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

Cardinals Send Alex Reyes To Triple-A Memphis

Apr 7, 2019 2:13 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals optioned struggling top prospect Alex Reyes to Triple-A Memphis on Sunday in a series of moves.

Reyes, ranked as the No. 42 overall prospect in baseball by ESPN's Keith Law, is 0-1 with a 15.00 ERA in four appearances this season.

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

MLB Attempting To Collectively Purchase RSNs From Disney

Mar 28, 2019 12:31 PM

MLB is seeking to gain control of local broadcasting agreements with teams and has placed a bid to purchase regional sports networks from Disney.

Disney acquired 22 RSNs as part of its $71 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox's entertainment business.

“There’s tremendous revenue disparity in our game, and I think that if we had more of a national model closer to where the NFL is it would solve a lot of those competitive issues for us, kind of level the playing field,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday.

“I think that all of the difficult issues for baseball, if you took that revenue disparity out of the picture, would be easier.”

The New York Yankees have a right of first refusal to buy back control of their YES Network and have arranged partners for their own deal. MLB wants to purchase the remaining networks.

“Strategically, it would be a very interesting move for us,” Manfred said during a breakfast at The Paley Center for Media.

“Our game has always had sort of a national broadcast component that’s come out of New York. But the bulk of our business has been local. And the idea of a central baseball having more control over local rights is one that’s really intriguing to us. If we do the transaction, we’ll do it on the theory that we will try to accumulate more.”

Leagues and teams are worried how the cord-cutting trend will impact this business.

“You’re buying an ongoing RSN business, which generates really significant profits right now,” Manfred said. “I think everybody knows that it’s probably going to degrade over time as the cable model erodes.

“I think for us, we’d be prepared to live with that, run out of profitability and at the end of that runout, assuming it comes to some sort of a hard end, we would be in control of the content, which we fundamentally believe in, and we think that holding it as a lead better positions us to figure out exactly what that next distribution model is going to look like for the benefit of the league, as opposed to having some kind of private equity firm owning the RSNs.”

Ronald Blum/AP

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Cardinals, Paul Goldschmidt Finalizing Five-Year, $130M Extension

Mar 21, 2019 5:19 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals are nearing a five-year contract extension with Paul Goldschmidt, according to a source.

The new deal would pay Goldschmidt $130 million.

Goldschmidt will make $14.5 million this season and the extension would keep him with St. Louis through 2024.

The Cardinals acquired Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks this winter.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

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

Carlos Martinez Shelved For Two Weeks After PRP Injection

Feb 27, 2019 7:38 AM

Carlos Martinez had a platelet rich plasma injection on Monday and won't throw for two weeks.

The St. Louis Cardinals are hoping the injection will stimulate healing in his weak pitching shoulder.

It's unlikely that he'll be in the starting rotation at the beginning of the season.

Martinez, 27, threw two bullpen sessions at the start of spring training but has missed the past week.

Associated Press

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Injury, Misc Rumor

Cardinals, Mike Mikolas Agree Upon $68M Extension

Feb 26, 2019 3:19 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a four-year contract extension with Mike Mikolas, according to multiple reports.

The deal is worth $68 million and will kick in 2020 and run through 2023.

The 30-year-old is entering the second year of a two-year, $15.5 million deal.


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

Cardinals Sign Jose Martinez To Two-Year Deal

Feb 23, 2019 11:42 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed Jose Martinez to a new two-year deal.

Martinez led the Cardinals with a .305 batting average and 163 hits last season. He was also second on the team with 83 RBIs.

"Jose has been a key contributor to our team since his acquisition in 2016, and we're pleased to announce this new two-year deal," Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said in a statement. "Jose has proven to be a key member of our roster and he is someone who brings high energy and passion for our team and its fans."


Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Signing

Cardinals To Re-Evaluate Carlos Martinez On March 5

Feb 20, 2019 9:03 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals have shut down Carlos Martinez for two weeks so that he can build up shoulder strength.

Martinez, 27, won't throw before being re-evaluated on March 5.

The right-hander endured an injury-plagued season in 2018.

Mike Shildt said an MRI this week showed Martinez's right shoulder was structurally sound.

Associated Press

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Injury, Misc Rumor

Cardinals Expect Marcell Ozuna To Be Ready For Opener

Feb 16, 2019 3:48 PM

Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna will be on a limited throwing program to start the spring but is expected to be ready for Opening Day, manager Mike Shildt said Saturday.

Ozuna underwent offseason shoulder surgery and is still in the rehabilitation process.

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Injury, Misc Rumor

Cardinals Will Try To Extend Paul Goldschmidt During Season
The Cardinals want to sign Paul Goldschmidt to a contract extension, but negotiations won't take place soon.

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Yadier Molina Says Beef With Kris Bryant Will Linger Into Season
Kris Bryant called St. Louis boring during a lighthearted interview at Cubs Convention last week, which made several members of the Cardinals upset.

Cardinals Intend To Pitch Paul Goldschmidt On Extension
Six weeks ago, John Mozeliak dodged questions about Paul Goldschmidt's future by stating that "what I'm thinking about today is 2019."

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Cardinals, Miles Mikolas Interested In Extension
Miles Mikolas is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2019 season, but the Cardinals would like to keep that from happening.

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Yadier Molina Takes Exception To Kris Bryant's Comments
Cubs star Kris Bryant called St. Louis "boring" during the team's fan convention this weekend.

Cardinals Sign Andrew Miller To Two-Year Contract
The Athletic reported that Andrew Miller will receive $25M over the next two seasons.

Cardinals Closing In On Deal With Andrew Miller
According to a report, it will be a multi-year deal.

Adam McCalvy/MLB

Matt Adams Returns To Nationals
First baseman Matt Adams has signed a one-year, $4M deal with the Nationals.

Yadier Molina To Have Clean-Up Knee Surgery
The Cardinals expect catcher Yadier Molina to be ready for Spring Training.

Cardinals To Acquire Paul Goldschmidt From Diamondbacks
Arizona will receive right-hander Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, minor league infielder Andy Young and a Competitive Balance Round B draft selection in 2019 from St. Louis.

Jon Heyman/Fancred Sports

Royals Hire Mike Matheny As Special Advisor
Mike Matheny is the former manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals In Position To Make Offers To Bryce Harper, Manny Machado
The Cardinals haven't landed a big name in a while, but they were in the bidding for Jason Heyward and David Price and were willing to take on Giancarlo Stanton in a trade.

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cardinals Have No Plans To Pursue Manny Machado
The Cardinals don't seem interested in Manny Machado despite a potential roster need.

Jon Heyman/Fancred Sports

Cardinals, Adam Wainwright Put Contract 'On Hold'
Pitcher Adam Wainwright will have to become a free agent before the agreement with the Cardinals can be finalized.

Adam Wainwright To Return To Cardinals For 15th Season
The Cardinals have agreed to a one-year deal with Adam Wainwright.


Kolten Wong Upset Rays Didn't Call Up His Brother
Kean Wong was named the Triple-A All-Star Game MVP for the International League in July. He was a fourth-round pick by the Rays in 2013, and this is his second season in AAA.


Cardinals Remove Interim Tag From Mike Shildt's Title
The Cardinals are so happy with the job that Mike Shildt has done since he took over as manager that they've removed the interim tag from his title.


Cardinals Acquire Matt Adams From Nationals Via Waiver Claim

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Cardinals Moving Luke Weaver To Bullpen
Luke Weaver will be used as a "shorter long man or a middle-innings guy" immediately.

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Carlos Martinez Moving To Bullpen For Remainder Of 2018
Carlos Martinez has been sidelined as of late with a shoulder strain.

Peter Baugh/St. Louis Post-Dispatch