St Louis Cardinals

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Player News - Cardinals

Date: Team: Pos:

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

The Marlins have interest in free agent Justin Masterson, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Masterson is drawing interest from the Twins and Cubs, among others. The Indians' 2014 Opening Day starter struggled to a 5.88 ERA this past season, in part due to injury, but he was an All-Star in 2013 and could be a buy-low candidate for a team that misses out on one of the frontline starters.
Source: Miami Herald
Nov 19 - 8:05 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 released OF Shane Robinson.

Robinson was first-time arbitration eligible this winter, making him an obvious non-tender candidate. With the addition of Jason Heyward, that sealed the 30-year-old's fate. Robinson may be able to find a major league deal to serve as a reserve outfielder elsewhere.
Nov 18 - 7:44 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

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

It's a blockbuster trade that seemingly sprung out of nowhere. Heyward had an underwhelming .271/.351/.384 batting line in 2014 for the Braves, but he rated as one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball and he still has tremendous offensive upside at age 25. Now we'll see if the Cardinals can extend the former first-round pick, who is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2015 season.
Nov 17 - 12:12 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that the Twins have inquired about Justin Masterson.

Not surprisingly, there's been a good amount of interest in Masterson as a bounce-back candidate, as the Cubs, Red Sox and Indians are also reportedly considering the right-hander. Masterson suffered through an injury-plagued 2014 season that saw him post a 5.88 ERA, but he could rebound in 2015 if he can stay healthy.
Nov 16 - 1:59 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Thursday that the team is considering moving Matt Carpenter down in the batting order next season.

Carpenter's .384 OBP over the last two seasons ranks ninth in baseball for batters with at least 1,000 plate appearances, and his 225 runs scored over that time leads all of MLB. However, he also has 116 extra-base hits in that span, which has the Cards thinking he could move into more of an RBI spot in the No. 2 or No. 3 hole. Jon Jay and Kolten Wong represent internal options to ascend to the leadoff spot should St. Louis decide to move Carpenter down.
Nov 14 - 11:17 AM

Justin Masterson's agent, Randy Rowley, has revealed that his client pitched with ribcage and shoulder ailments this season in addition to his reported knee injury.

Masterson first felt soreness in his ribcage during spring training and it apparently nagged at him throughout the season. Rowley says it was that ailment that caused the righty to alter his mechanics, which eventually led to a sore knee. An MRI in September revealed that Masterson had a right shoulder impingement, but he was given a cortisone shot and kept pitching (though he had been demoted to the bullpen at that point). Rowley says that Masterson is finally healthy, and if that's the case he could be a wise investment on a one-year contract as he tries to re-establish his value. The Cubs, Red Sox and Indians are reportedly interested in the righty.
Nov 14 - 10:57 AM

Paul Hoynes wrote that the Indians might have interest in bringing back Justin Masterson.

The team traded Masterson to the Cardinals at the trade deadline, but might be willing to tango with him once more. Masterson rejected a $45 million deal from the Tribe last spring training. His value is not where it was back then. He struggled with injuries and posted an ugly 5.88 ERA and 116/69 K/BB ratio over 128 2/3 innings. The Cardinals demoted him to the bullpen in September.
Nov 13 - 5:54 PM

A spokeswoman for the Dominican Republic's Attorney General's Office, Tessie Sanchez, said Oscar Taveras was "legally intoxicated when he crashed."

Sanchez revealed that a toxicology report showed Taveras' blood-alcohol level was five times the legal limit. Taveras and his girlfriend, 18-year-old Edilia Arvelo, were killed in a car crash on October 26 in his native Dominican Republic. Taveras was 22 years old.
Source: USA Today
Nov 12 - 7:22 PM

Braves executive John Hart said Wednesday that he has not engaged in contract extension talks with outfielders Jason Heyward or Justin Upton.

And there's no plan to get those negotiations started. Both players are set to become free agents after the 2015 season and could be trade candidates this winter or next summer. Heyward batted just .271/.351/.384 in 2014 for Atlanta, but he's one of the best defensive outfielders in the majors and doesn't turn 26 years old until next August.
Nov 12 - 4:17 PM

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Cubs are interested in Justin Masterson.

One source went as far as saying he "expected" the Cubs to complete a deal for the right-hander. Masterson had an awful 2014 season, posting a 5.88 ERA and 116/69 K/BB ratio over 128 2/3 innings. He dealt with injury, though, and was an All-Star in 2013, so the Cubs would hope he can regain his old form. Wittenmyer says Masterson is willing to sign a one-year deal in order to re-establish himself.
Nov 11 - 9:15 PM


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