Player News - Cardinals

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Cardinals acquired OF Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins for RHP Sandy Alcantara, OF Magneuris Sierra, RHP Zac Gallen, and LHP Daniel Castano.

St. Louis was considered a frontrunner in the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes before the 2017 National League MVP declined a move there (and to San Francisco) and used his no-trade clause to land comfortably with the Yankees. Ozuna is a pretty nice fallback for the Cardinals, coming off a breakout 2017 season that saw him register a .312/.376/.548 batting line, 37 home runs, and 124 RBI in 159 games. The 27-year-old outfielder is under contractual control through 2019 via salary arbitration. He figures to bat third or fourth in the St. Louis lineup in 2018 and should prove to be a significant offensive upgrade for his new team.
Dec 14 - 2:32 PM

Cardinals acquired SS Yairo Munoz and 2B Max Schrock from the Cardinals for OF Stephen Piscotty.

Munoz batted .300/.330/.464 with 13 home runs, 68 RBI, 22 stolen bases, and 65 runs scored in 112 games this past season between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. He has played all around the diamond defensively, but the majority of his innings have come at the shortstop position. The toolsy and versatile 22-year-old is a nice pickup for St. Louis.
Dec 14 - 11:26 AM

Cardinals acquired 2B Max Schrock and SS Yairo Munoz from the Athletics for OF Stephen Piscotty.

Schrock hasn't developed much of a power tool yet, but he boasts a well-rounded .324/.372/.439 career batting line in the minor leagues and he plays good defense at second base. The 23-year-old finished the 2017 season with the Double-A affiliate of the A's.
Dec 14 - 11:23 AM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that RHP prospect Zac Gallen and LHP prospect Daniel Castano are also heading to the Marlins in the Marcell Ozuna trade.

It appears the full deal is now Gallen, Castano, outfield prospect Magneuris Sierra and right-handed pitching Sandy Alcantara. Gallen is the better prospect of the two newest names -- a third-round pick out of North Carolina in 2016 who has shown three above-average pitches and pounds the strike zone with them. Castano is a left-hander who was taken in the 19th round in 2016, and projects as a back-end starter or reliever at the next level.
Dec 13 - 6:05 PM

Cardinals signed RHP Luke Gregerson to a two-year, $11 million contract with a club option for 2020.

The deal was agreed upon Sunday and then officially announced by the Cardinals on Wednesday after Gregerson passed his physical. The 33-year-old right-hander struggled with the Astros in 2017, but he had a 2.84 ERA and 537 strikeouts in 538 innings between 2009-2016. St. Louis drafted him out of college back in 2006 and he figures to work in a setup role in his return to the organization.
Dec 13 - 5:40 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners will sign Juan Nicasio to a two-year deal.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the contract is worth $17 million, pending a physical. Nicasio led all National League relievers in appearances this past season and finished with 72 strikeouts in 72 1/3 innings while registering a 2.61 ERA between the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals. He should get a chance for high-leverage innings behind closer Edwin Diaz in Seattle.
Dec 13 - 5:26 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners and Cardinals are "vying" for free agent Juan Nicasio.

Jim Bowden tweeted earlier that the Mariners were "in the red zone" for a reliever and that Nicasio is a "strongly rumored possibility," but it seems the Cardinals are making a play to keep the 31-year-old right-hander, who served as their primary closer down the stretch this past season. Nicasio led all National League relievers in appearances in 2017 while putting up a 2.61 ERA, 1.078 WHIP, and 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings between Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and St. Louis.
Dec 13 - 3:15 PM

According to Jim Bowden of Sirius XM, free agent reliever Juan Nicasio is a "strongly rumored possibility" for the Mariners.

Bowden says the Mariners are "in the red zone" to acquire a relief pitcher, though it's not entirely clear whether Nicasio is the guy. The 31-year-old right-hander led the National League in appearances in 2017, delivering a strong 2.61 ERA, 1.078 WHIP, and 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings between the Phillies, Pirates, and Cardinals. He served as the primary closer in St. Louis down the stretch.
Dec 13 - 2:50 PM

Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Marlins have traded Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals.

Miami will reportedly get pitching prospects Sandy Alcantara, Zac Gallen, and Daniel Castano in return, along with outfield prospect Magneuris Sierra. Ozuna broke out with a .312/.376/.548 batting line, 37 home runs, and 124 RBI in 159 games this past season and represents a massive upgrade for the middle of the Cardinals' lineup. The 27-year-old outfielder is under contractual control via salary arbitration through the end of 2019.
Dec 13 - 1:03 PM

Cardinals signed C Francisco Pena to a minor league contract.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Pena will be one of the catchers at Triple-A Memphis in 2018. The 28-year-old hit .278/.309/.450 with six homers and 18 RBI in 51 games for the Triple-A affiliate of the Orioles in 2017.
Dec 13 - 12:19 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Cardinals are "making progress" on acquiring Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins.

Miami is very familiar with the Cardinals' farm system and what St. Louis might be willing to give up from the failed discussions for Giancarlo Stanton, so this deal could come together pretty quickly. Ozuna, 27, posted a breakout .312/.376/.548 batting line with 37 home runs and 124 RBI in 159 games this past season with the rebuilding Fish. He is under contractual control through 2019.
Dec 13 - 12:15 PM

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich has denied rumors that the Rockies are engaged in trade talks for Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna.

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald mentioned the Rockies as a suitor for Ozuna on Tuesday morning. A couple hours later, Bob Nightengale of USA Today pegged the Cardinals as the favorites to acquire the 27-year-old slugger. There's also believed to be interest coming from the Rangers, Nationals, and Blue Jays. Ozuna posted a stellar .312/.376/.548 batting line with 37 home runs and 124 RBI in 159 games this past season for Miami and he is under control through 2019.
Dec 12 - 4:50 PM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that multiple teams are pursuing free agent reliever Seung Hwan Oh.

Oh had a great first season stateside, but he faded this past season while posting a 4.10 ERA in 62 appearances. The 35-year-old gave up 10 homers in 59 1/3 innings. Someone will surely take a chance on a turnaround and it likely won't cost much to do it.
Dec 12 - 3:15 PM

The Cardinals have emerged as the favorites to acquire Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Nightengale notes that "no decision" has been made yet, but chatter has picked up since the club was able to trade Giancarlo Stanton. It's worth remembering that the Cardinals were in the mix for Stanton, so the Marlins already have a pretty good idea about what they like in the club's minor league system. Ozuna has also draw interest from the likes of the Rangers, Nationals, Rockies, and Blue Jays.
Dec 12 - 2:09 PM

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times reports that the Mets have shown interest in free agent reliever Juan Nicasio.

The Mets have been all over the relief market, so at this point it might be more helpful to list the names they aren't considering. Nicasio would be a nice addition, depending on the price tag. The 31-year-old led the NL with 76 appearances this past season while posting a 2.61 ERA and 72/20 K/BB ratio over 72 1/3 innings. The Cardinals recently re-signed Luke Gregerson, but they could still be interested in bringing him back.
Dec 12 - 12:42 PM


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