Player News - Cardinals

Date: Team: Pos:

Cardinals non-tendered RHP Seth Maness.

Maness boasts a career 3.19 ERA out of the Cardinals' bullpen, but he had elbow surgery in August and could get a late start to next season. He's now a free agent.
Dec 2 - 5:23 PM

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Matt Holliday is "a name the Yankees have thrown around."

The expectation is that Edwin Encarnacion will likely command a contract beyond what the Yankees are comfortable with, but they have backup options that include Carlos Beltran, Mike Napoli and Holliday. Holliday batted .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBI in an injury-shortened 2016 season and is probably best off as a designated hitter at this point in his career.
Dec 2 - 8:51 AM

Cardinals acquired RHP Chris Ellis from the Braves as part of the Jaime Garcia trade.

Ellis might be the most interesting name in this deal for Cardinals fans to follow. Acquired as part of the Andrelton Simmons deal with the Angels last winter, the 24-year-old posted a 2.75 ERA through 13 starts in Double-A this past season before fading with a 6.52 ERA over 15 starts after a promotion to Triple-A Gwinnett. He has walked 158 batters over 302 1/3 innings in pro ball, so progress is obviously needed in regard to his control.
Dec 1 - 6:50 PM

Cardinals acquired INF Luke Dykstra from the Braves in the Jaime Garcia trade.

Dykstra, a seventh-round pick from 2014, batted .304/.332/.363 over 81 games this past season with Class A Rome. The 21-year-old doesn’t have any power or patience (he has two homers and 23 walks in 749 plate appearances in the minors), but he has shown an ability to make contact and hit for average. Perhaps he could turn into a utility or bench player down the line.
Dec 1 - 6:45 PM

Cardinals acquired RHPs John Gant and Chris Ellis, and INF Luke Dykstra from the Braves for LHP Jaime Garcia.

Gant is the most familiar name of the group, though none of the players involved are considered top prospects. Known for his unique delivery and deception, the 24-year-old posted a 4.86 ERA and 49/21 K/BB ratio in 50 innings over seven starts and 13 relief appearances as a rookie this past season. He provides rotation insurance, but could find a home out of the bullpen in St. Louis.
Dec 1 - 6:41 PM

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich downplayed the possibility of a reunion with free agent Matt Holliday.

Holliday has said that he's open to a return to the Rockies, but given the team's outfield depth, he'd be looking at a full-time move to first base. He just saw his first exposure at the position in 2016, so the Rockies are mulling over the potential alternatives. "We have just now started looking into the reality of Matt," said Bridich. "With the way that our outfield is situated… the outfield for Matt doesn’t make a whole lot of sense right now. So right now we are just trying to wrap our minds around whether he’s a viable option at first base." The Rockies reportedly haven't ruled out a return for Mark Reynolds and Chris Carter, who was recently designated for assignment by the Brewers, could also be a possibility at first base.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 30 - 10:33 AM

Yadier Molina has committed to play for his native Puerto Rico at the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

He'll join an exciting group which is expected to include the likes of Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, and Javier Baez. Molina, 34, is coming off a bounceback season in which he batted .307/.360/.427 with eight homers and 58 RBI over 147 games. 2017 is the final guaranteed year of his contract, which includes a $15 million mutual option for 2018. Molina's agent, Melvin Roman, said things are "quiet for now" regarding any extension talks, but that veteran backstop wants to finish his career in St. Louis.
Nov 29 - 10:15 AM

Cardinals released C Brayan Pena.

Pena was designated for assignment by St. Louis earlier this month to clear a roster spot for newly-signed reliever Brett Cecil. Pena logged only 14 total plate appearances for the Cardinals on a two-year, $5 million contract. The 34-year-old catcher will presumably have to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league deal this winter.
Nov 28 - 3:20 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports passes along word that the Yankees have shown interest in free agent Brandon Moss.

Moss struggled down the stretch this past season, hitting just .091/.173/.192 over the course of 110 plate appearances over the final three weeks of the campaign. Overall, he finished the year with a .225/.300/.484 triple-slash while cracking 28 homers and driving in 67 runs. He entered free agency after the Cardinals decided against extending him a qualifying offer.
Nov 23 - 7:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees have inquired on free agent outfielder Matt Holliday.

Holliday is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he hit .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBI over 382 at-bats. A broken thumb suffered in August forced him out for an extended period of time and he ultimately appeared in just 110 games for the Cards. At this juncture, it isn't known quite what kind of a contract Holliday might draw on the open market. He turns 37 in January.
Nov 23 - 6:53 PM

Cardinals designated C Brayan Pena for assignment.

This was done to create a spot on the 40-man roster for the recently-signed Brett Cecil. The 34-year-old appeared in only nine games for the Cardinals during an injury-plagued 2016 campaign, hitting .154/.214/.231 in just 14 plate appearances. There's a chance they could attempt to re-sign him to a minor league deal.
Nov 21 - 3:19 PM

Cardinals signed LHP Brett Cecil to a four-year, $30.5 million contract.

The Cardinals introduced Cecil at a press conference on Monday. The veteran southpaw fills a major void in the club's bullpen, as a left-hander that can be trusted in high-leverage situations late in the game. He'll help get the ball to Seung-Hwan Oh in the ninth inning.
Nov 21 - 2:33 PM

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Cardinals have "floated" Michael Wacha's name in trade talks.

It's probably not the best time to trade him as Wacha's value is relatively low coming off an injury-plagued 2016 campaign. Wacha's 5.09 ERA this year was easily the worst of his career and the Cardinals have even considered moving him to the bullpen. Unless the Cardinals are really desperate to move Wacha, we doubt that anything will come of these rumors.
Source: Fox Sports
Nov 19 - 8:47 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Brett Cecil's four-year deal with the Cardinals will include a full no-trade clause.

The deal is still pending a physical. Cecil has been one of the most reliable late-inning relievers in all of baseball the last four seasons, registering a 2.90 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 11.5 K/9 in 205 innings.
Nov 19 - 2:20 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Cardinals have agreed to a four-year contract with Brett Cecil.

The deal, which is pending a physical, could exceed $30 million. He's expected to work as the primary left-handed setup option in front of closer Seung-Hwan Oh. The 30-year-old southpaw registered a 3.93 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 45/8 K/BB ratio over 36 2/3 innings with the Blue Jays in 2016.
Nov 19 - 1:22 PM


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