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Fox Sports' Jim Hayes reports that Kevin Siegrist was "feeling really good" after throwing from 60 feet this week.

Siegrist is in the process of rehabbing from various injuries to his throwing arm. The lefty is still a 25-year-old with talent, but the injury-marred 2014 campaign resulted in poor numbers, as he posted a 6.82 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 37 appearances.
Dec 17 - 9:59 AM

Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com reports that the Cubs have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Jason Motte.

The deal, which is pending a physical, is worth $4.5 million and contains $2.5 million worth of incentives for games finished. Motte had a rough 2014 season in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, posting a 4.68 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 29 appearances. Still, he's a worthy gamble on a one-year deal in hopes that his pre-surgery velocity returns. Motte held a 2.87 ERA while striking out over a batter per inning in his first five years with the Cardinals.
Dec 15 - 6:20 PM

Cardinals signed INF Mark Reynolds to a one-year, $2 million contract.

He'll get a chance to earn more through incentives. Reynolds isn't without his warts, as he hit just .196 last season and always piles up strikeouts by the truckload. However, he's also gone deep at least 20 times in seven consecutive seasons. He'll see the bulk of the at-bats at first base against left-handed pitching.
Dec 11 - 9:24 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Cardinals have agreed to a deal with Mark Reynolds.

St. Louis wanted a right-handed compliment to left-handed first baseman Matt Adams, and Reynolds will apparently be that guy. Reynolds posted a dreadful .196/.287/.394 batting line in 2014 for the Brewers, but he's only 31 years old and has averaged 32 home runs for every 162 games over the course of his eight-year major league career. He can provide some pop off the bench.
Dec 11 - 12:44 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday that outfield prospect Stephen Piscotty could be given reps at first base in spring training.

The Cards are looking at options outside the organization to possibly platoon with Matt Adams at first, but if they're not able to land anyone on that front they could turn to Piscotty. The former sandwich round pick played plenty of third base in college and at the beginning of his pro career, so he should be able to handle first base. Piscotty, who sports a career .292/.359/.435 line in the minors, was recently named St. Louis' No. 1 prospect by Baseball America.
Dec 9 - 9:37 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak met with Lance Lynn's agent on Tuesday.

Mozeliak wouldn't reveal the nature of the meeting, but it's been previously reported that the two sides are interested in a possible contract extension. Lynn is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and is due for a big raise after posting a 2.74 ERA with 181 strikeouts across 203 2/3 innings.
Dec 9 - 9:32 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals are interested in Mark Reynolds and Rickie Weeks.

He also lists John Mayberry, Kyle Blanks, Gaby Sanchez and Corey Hart as potential targets, though he hasn't been able to confirm interest in them as he has with Weeks and Reynolds. The Cards are looking for some right-handed thump off the bench, as well as a potential platoon partner for Matt Adams at first base. Reynolds would seem to be a better fit than Weeks in that regard, as Weeks has never played first base and likely should be able to find more playing time elsewhere.
Dec 9 - 6:08 PM

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak will meet with the agent for John Lackey at next week's Winter Meetings to discuss reworking the right-hander's contract for 2015.

Lackey is due to make the major league minimum on a club option that was added to the end of his five-year, $82.5 million deal with the Red Sox after he underwent Tommy John surgery in October 2011. The Cardinals will likely throw some performance-based bonuses on top of the base $507,500 salary. Lackey said in July that he fully intends to honor the option, but Mozeliak wisely wants to ensure that the 36-year-old stays motivated.
Dec 3 - 4:18 PM

Cardinals signed RHP Matt Belisle to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

The deal can max out at $4 million if he reaches all of his appearance incentives. Belisle posted a rough 4.87 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 64 2/3 innings this past season for the Rockies. Maybe he'll fare better with the move to a much friendlier pitching environment in St. Louis. The 34-year-old right-hander is an 11-year major league veteran.
Dec 2 - 5:51 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that Carlos Martinez will have a "soft cap" on his innings next season if he wins a spot in the rotation.

As it stands right now, Martinez is the favorite over Marco Gonzales for the No. 5 spot following the trade of Shelby Miller. Mozeliak noted that the club would keep an eye on Martinez's workload during the season so that they will have him available to contribute down the stretch. Working mostly as a reliever, Martinez threw just 99 2/3 frames in 2014. He's never thrown more than 108 innings in a season as a pro.
Nov 28 - 9:42 AM

MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Braves have talked to free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

They've also been in contact with David Ross as part of an ongoing search for a veteran backup to young catcher Christian Bethancourt. Pierzynski batted just .251/.288/.337 in 362 plate appearances this past season between the Red Sox and Cardinals. The 37-year-old should come cheap.
Nov 24 - 12:53 PM

Cardinals acquired INF/OF Ty Kelly from the Mariners in exchange for RHP Sam Gaviglio.

Kelly has been added to the Cards' 40-man roster and could have a shot to crack the Opening Day roster in a bench role. The 26-year-old is a career .282/.387/.386 hitter in the minors, switch-hits and can play all over the field.
Nov 20 - 10:22 PM

Cardinals purchased the contract of C Cody Stanley from Double-A Springfield.

The club needed to add Stanley to its 40-man roster to avoid having to expose him in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. A former fourth-round pick in 2010, Stanley batted .283/.340/.429 with 12 homers and 13 stolen bases at Double-A this past season.
Nov 18 - 8:01 PM

Cardinals sent RHP Keith Butler outright to Triple-A Memphis.

The 25-year-old had Tommy John surgery this past summer, so he'll be out of commission until the middle of the 2015 season anyway. The Cards made the move to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
Nov 18 - 7:50 PM

Cardinals acquired RHP Jordan Walden and OF Jason Heyward from the Braves for RHP Shelby Miller and RHP Tyrell Jenkins.

Walden isn't just a throw-in here. The 27-year-old reliever owns a 3.10 ERA in 211 2/3 career innings and was especially good in 2014, posting a 2.88 ERA and 62 strikeouts across 50 innings. He'll presumably operate in a setup role for St. Louis, allowing Carlos Martinez to fill Miller's spot in the starting rotation.
Nov 17 - 12:38 PM


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