Player News - Cardinals

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Mitch Harris (elbow) expects to be throwing without restrictions by the end of January.

Harris underwent a new kind of Tommy John-like surgery last June that is supposed to come with a shorter rehab time -- not the 12-15 months that is usually required. "I want to come into spring training 100 percent and healthy," the reliever told MLB.com on Sunday. "Hopefully, I make a decision extremely difficult for somebody, or really easy." Harris, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, posted a decent 3.67 ERA over his first 27 major league innings in 2015 before missing the entire 2016 season. He's doubtful to win a bullpen spot out of camp, even if he's fully healthy.
Jan 16 - 10:25 AM

Randal Grichuk said that he's now feeling much better after undergoing surgery earlier this offseason to remove loose bodies from his knee.

Grichuk required more than a month to recover from the procedure. It sounds as though he's back to having no restrictions now though and should be fully healthy for the start of spring training. The 25-year-old slashed .240/289/.480 with a career-best 24 homers and 68 RBI in 478 plate appearances with the Cardinals in 2016.
Jan 15 - 4:44 PM

Marco Gonzales (elbow) is aiming to resume throwing off a mound during spring training and begin facing hitters before the end of exhibition play.

Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Gonzales is currently long-tossing from 90 feet and says it's "going good." The left-hander will join Triple-A Memphis' rotation at some point early in the season and could help the big club in a starting or relief role later on in the year.
Jan 15 - 1:52 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Sunday that there will be a competition for the third base job between Jhonny Peralta and Jedd Gyorko.

The general assumption has been that Peralta would start at the hot corner, and he probably does have a slight leg up for the job. However, Peralta is coming off an injury-plagued season where he batted just .260/.307/.408, while Gyorko smacked a team-high 30 home runs. Gyorko is also just 28, whereas Peralta will turn 35 in May. It ultimately could turn into a bit of a timeshare, with Gyorko also filling in at second base on occasion versus lefties.
Jan 15 - 12:42 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Sunday that the club has considered a contract extension for Yadier Molina.

Molina is set to make $14 million in 2017 and the two sides have a $15 million mutual option for 2018. The catcher will turn 35 at midseason this year, but the Cardinals and Molina would both surely like to work something out to where the seven-time All-Star can retire as a Cardinal. Molina's Gold Glove streak was snapped at eight last season, but he had his best offensive season (.307/.360/.427) in a few years while leading all catchers with 142 starts behind the plate.
Jan 15 - 12:37 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Sunday that the team plans to go to an arbitration hearing with Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha.

It's possible things could change between now and the date of the hearing, but it looks like Mozeliak might be employing a file-and-trial approach. It would be a change in philosophy for the Cardinals, who haven't gone to an arbitration hearing since 1999. Mozeliak noted that the club and Martinez's rep engaged in long-term extension talks but they obviously weren't able to work anything out. Martinez requested $4.25 million and was offered $3.9 million by the Cards when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday, while Wacha requested $3.2 million and was offered $2.775 million.
Jan 15 - 12:22 PM

Carlos Martinez requested $4.25 million and was offered $3.9 million by the Cardinals when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The 25-year-old right-hander is arbitration-eligible for the first time after earning $539,000 in 2016. He was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $5.3 million in arbitration, which is significantly higher than the figure submitted by Martinez. He's coming off of a fantastic 2016 season where he went 16-9 with a 3.04 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 174/70 K/BB ratio across 195 1/3 innings.
Jan 13 - 10:19 PM

Michael Wacha requested $3.2 million and was offered $2.775 million by the Cardinals when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The 25-year-old suffered through a disappointing and injury-plagued 2016 season in which he wound up with a 5.09 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 114/45 K/BB ratio across 138 innings. Arbitration-eligible for the first time, he'll see a nice raise either way from the $539,000 that he earned in 2016. He was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $3.2 million, the exact figure that Wacha filed for.
Jan 13 - 9:51 PM

Cardinals and LHP Kevin Siegrist avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.6375 million contract.

He'll receive a well-earned pay increase in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Siegrist held a 2.77 ERA over 67 relief appearances with St. Louis last season.
Jan 13 - 4:34 PM

Cardinals and RHP Trevor Rosenthal avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.4 million contract.

The right-hander held a disappointing 4.46 ERA last season, costing himself his closer job. However, he did still have a 12.5 K/9 and pitched hurt for much of the year. Rosenthal will likely settle into a setup role in 2017, although the Cards plan to stretch him out in spring training.
Jan 13 - 4:32 PM

Cardinals and 1B Matt Adams avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.8 million contract.

Adams earned $1.65 million in 2016 while batting .249/.309/.471 with 16 home runs and 54 RBI in 118 games. The first baseman is slated for a bench role this year with the Cardinals, unless a trade partner can be found. Kansas City had expressed some interest earlier this offseason, but that's probably no longer a fit.
Jan 12 - 3:54 PM

Seung Hwan Oh will pitch for South Korea in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

The Yonhap News Agency first reported the official change. Oh was initially left off the South Korea roster due to a past gambling charge, but he was added after Jung Ho Kang's recent DUI arrest. "Seung Hwan Oh is a player we absolutely need, so we decided to put him on the national team," said South Korea manager In-Sik Kim. "We understand Oh has faced criticism, but he's very determined to play hard for the country at the WBC." Oh, 34, appeared in 76 games during his first season in MLB last year while posting a 1.92 ERA, 19 saves, and a 103/18 K/BB ratio over 79 2/3 innings.
Jan 11 - 3:40 PM

Seth Maness (elbow) is about a week away from returning to the mound.

It's a rapid turnaround. Maness underwent an alternative to Tommy John surgery last August called "primary repair," which involves "repair and buttressing" of the existing ligament at the bone, not reconstruction of the ligament. He's the first established major league pitcher to have the new procedure, which was performed by Dr. George Paletta. Tommy John surgery typically sidelines pitchers for at least one year, but Maness expects to be ready for Opening Day, which would leave him about seven and a half months removed from his surgery. He still has some hurdles to cross, but his success could have major ramifications within the game.
Jan 11 - 9:10 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Orioles have expressed interest in free agent slugger Brandon Moss.

Morosi notes that the interest remains despite acquiring Seth Smith from the Mariners on Friday. The O's currently have a vacancy in their lineup for a designated hitter, and Moss would seem to be a nice fit. Moss clubbed 28 homers for the Cardinals in 2016 while slashing .225/.300/.484.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 7 - 9:43 AM

Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that Alex Reyes has committed to pitch for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

The Cardinals gave Reyes the go-ahead after the young hurler was asked by skipper Moises Alou. Rated by most as the best pitching prospect in the game, Reyes put up a nifty 1.57 ERA with 52 strikeouts over his first 46 major league innings in 2016. He projects to open 2017 in St. Louis' rotation.
Jan 5 - 12:25 PM


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