Player News - Cardinals

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Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins will acquire OF prospect Magneuris Sierra in the Marcell Ozuna trade.

Sierra spent time with the Cardinals in 2017, and hit .317 and stole two bases in 22 games with St. Louis. He's one of the better athletes in the system, with plus speed, a strong throwing arm and excellent instincts in the outfield. He also has shown the ability to make hard contact to all fields, although there isn't much power in his left-handed bat. He's now easily the best outfield prospect in the Miami system, and has a chance to play significant innings for the Marlins in 2018.
Dec 13 - 5:41 PM

Cardinals signed RHP Luke Gregerson to a two-year, $11 million contract.

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

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A's are edging closer to acquiring outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals.

St. Louis has a deal in place with the Marlins for Marcell Ozuna, so Piscotty is suddenly expendable. Slusser hears that a trade between the Cardinals and Athletics could be completed before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday, with A's infield prospect Yairo Munoz possibly changing organizations. Piscotty posted an .815 OPS with 29 home runs and 124 RBI over his first 216 major league games between 2015-2016 before struggling mightily in 2017. Injuries and family issues played a part. He signed a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension with the Cardinals in April.
Dec 13 - 2:27 PM

Cardinals pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara is part of the return package for Marcell Ozuna, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Alcantara was also floated in the failed Giancarlo Stanton trade talks between St. Louis and Miami. The hard-throwing 22-year-old right-hander posted a 4.31 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 106/54 K/BB ratio across 125 1/3 innings at Double-A Springfield in 2017. He then made his MLB debut as a September callup, yielding six runs -- four earned -- in 8 1/3 innings of relief.
Dec 13 - 2:13 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 A's are focused on acquiring Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty.

St. Louis nearly traded the 26-year-old outfielder to Oakland over the summer as part of a package for starting pitcher Sonny Gray, but Gray of course ultimately went to the Yankees. Piscotty put up a promising .815 OPS with 29 home runs and 124 RBI over his first 216 major league games between 2015-2016 before injuries, family issues, and general ineffectiveness derailed him in 2017. He signed a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension with the Cardinals in April -- a deal that can potentially run through 2023.
Dec 12 - 9:48 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

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

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cardinals have agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract with free agent right-hander Luke Gregerson.

The deal also includes a vesting option for a third season. The 33-year-old had a down year in 2017, compiling a 4.57 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 70/20 K/BB ratio across 61 innings for the Astros. He's still considered one of the most reliable right-handed setup men in the league and will make for a nice addition to the Cardinals bullpen.
Dec 10 - 4:25 PM

Cardinals signed RHP Miles Mikolas to a two-year, $15.5 million contract.

The deal was reported Tuesday morning and it's now official. The Cardinals faced plenty of competition to sign Mikolas after a three-year stint in Japan where he posted a quality 2.18 ERA and 378/69 K/BB ratio in 424 2/3 innings. The club is hoping that his second stint in MLB goes better than his first. The 29-year-old is expected to slide into the Cardinals' rotation in 2018.
Dec 5 - 1:33 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Cardinals are nearing a multi-year agreement with free agent right-hander Miles Mikolas.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that it's a two-year deal while Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that it's worth $15.5 million. Mikolas, who appeared in 37 games with the Padres and Rangers from 2012-2014, has spent the last three seasons with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan's Central League while posting a brilliant 2.18 ERA and 378/69 K/BB ratio in 424 2/3 innings over 62 starts. The 29-year-old didn't have much success in his previous chances in the majors, but clearly teams think he has figured something out. Mikolas will provide the Cardinals with additional flexibility with their rotation situation.
Dec 5 - 11:26 AM

According to Venezuelan journalist Wilmer Reina, the Marlins have shown interest in Jose Martinez as part of a return package from the Cardinals in trade talks for Giancarlo Stanton.

According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, Wilmer Reina is reporting that the Marlins are also showing interest in Michael Wacha. However, it's believed that prospect right-hander Sandy Alcantara would be the headliner of any deal for Stanton. Martinez is not exactly a youngster at 29 years old, but he surprised this past season with 14 homers and an .897 OPS in 106 games. Perhaps most importantly for the Marlins, he's still inexpensive. The Cardinals are still alive in talks for Stanton, though it's unclear whether he would waive his no-trade clause to come to St. Louis.
Dec 4 - 11:45 AM


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