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BenFred: Will the Brewers make one more splash? Cardinals better hope not

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:45:00 -0600

Worried about the Cardinals' rotation? Check out the Brewers' starting five. But, you should be concerned about what Milwaukee might do to strengthen the group.


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Hochman: Still so many question marks for the Cardinals

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:35:00 -0600

This season isn’t just pivotal to those inside the Cards’ complex – it’s pivotal to a whole community that is already frustrated, deflated and hasn’t felt this way since the spring of 2009, when the Cards came to camp after…


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Goold: Past success is ever-present, but it's time for Cards to focus on 2018

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:15:00 -0600

“A very refreshing tone has already been here the last week or so,” pitcher Adam Wainwright said. "It's something you cannot fake."


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Martinez leads Cardinals against themselves; games start in 3 days

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:30:00 -0600

JUPITER, Fla. • The schedule is misleading, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will remind people Tuesday. The abbreviation for the drill is "Live BP" and it stands for "Live Batting Practice."


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Cardinals notebook: Motte and his beard are welcomed back

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:20:00 -0600

JUPITER, Fla. • Once the bullpen session was over, Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina greeted a former catcher with the words, “Welcome back, papi.”


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Hochman: Meet the Cardinals infielders acquired in the Piscotty trade

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:15:00 -0600

Max Schrock, a 5-foot-8 second baseman, slashed .321/.379/.422 in a full year at Class AA last season. Yairo Munoz, a shortstop who is on the 40-man roster, stole 22 bases and slashed .300/.330/.464 combined in Class AA and Triple-A in…


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Limited visits to the mound will expand Cardinals' use of signals, tempo changes

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:45:00 -0600

At 'Catchers University,' Matheny & coaches have already worked with backstops on ways to correct, adjust pitcher without walking to the rubber.


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Hochman: Cardinals' new bullpen coach keeps living the dream

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:25:00 -0600

Bryan Eversgerd, 49, is a homegrown coach and is arriving in St. Louis along with some of his pitching pupils.


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Who's on first (and third, and sometimes second) for Cardinals? Carpenter doesn't care

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:20:00 -0600

Is Matt Carpenter the first baseman or the third baseman? Is Jedd Gyorko the third baseman? Is Jose Martinez the first baseman? As the Cardinals begin full-squad workouts Monday, the answers to all these questions are 'yes.'


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Matheny counts on input from Cardinals legends

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:15:00 -0600

JUPITER, Fla. • The laughs couldn’t be contained and they echoed into the Cardinals clubhouse early Sunday morning as, for a few hours, the coaches’ room became “Comedy Central,” according to manager Mike Matheny.


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Motte is back; his old number (30) awaits

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:31:00 -0600

Cards' bushy-bearded reliever ("27 colors") will try to make club as non-roster player. Cecil also joins camp after tending to family matter.


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Cardinals prospects Helsley, Hicks and Hudson bring the heat

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:30:00 -0600

Ryan Helsley and Jordan Hicks are in their first major-league spring training, and along with Dakota Hudson, are getting a chance to show they’re rising in the system. 'It wouldn’t shock me to see them contribute at the major-league level…


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Matheny would be thrilled to catch Gibson, but 'he would have hated me'

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:20:00 -0600

Cardinals legends, Hall of Famers, and fan-faves have started to arrive at Jupiter, allowing the manager to muse about a battery that never was.


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Cardinals notebook: Wacha aims for 200 innings

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:20:00 -0600

JUPITER, Fla. • The proof was in the pudding. Cardinals righthander Michael Wacha had his best two starts last season, including his first complete game and shutout, after he was given 11 days’ rest. These moves were made to help…


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'Hello, Yadier Molina. I'm Adam Wainwright. You new around here?'

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:45:00 -0600

The longest-tenured battery in Cardinals history reunited Saturday with a side session that left Molina buoyant. 'He's my brother; we're family.'


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Marcell Ozuna arrives at Cardinals camp with big smile and big bat

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:05:00 -0600

Cardinals' new left fielder and cleanup hitter says: 'I like the organization in St. Louis — they always battle for a good crowd. And that's what I like to do. ... I want to work hard for a big crowd…


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Cardinals, former closer Motte set for a reunion

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:55:00 -0600

JUPITER, Fla. • The last closer to throw a World Series-clinching pitch for the Cardinals will rejoin team as soon as Monday with a chance to retrofit a rebooted bullpen.


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Fowler feels shift to right field could prolong his career, save his legs

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:39:00 -0600

Friday morning was Dexter Fowler's first chance to work in right field with new outfield coach Willie McGee. It also was his first chance to take the field with his added weight (15 pounds) and renewed health (gone are the…


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Cards bring back Motte on minor-league deal, Wick claimed by Padres

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:45:00 -0600

JUPITER, Fla. • The Cardinals and former closer Jason Motte have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal, pending a physical that the righthander will take Monday.


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New Cardinals reliever Leone may ease Bowman's load

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:15:00 -0600

Matt Bowman was the most-often employed Cardinals reliever with men on base last year, entering with 50 men on base and allowing just 15 to score, or 30 percent.


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Hochman: Bader makes spirited bid for Cardinals outfield slot

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:15:00 -0600

On paper, he embodies what could be an extremely exciting infusion into the big club. He’s got that Cardinal scrap, like a Rex Hudler, and he’s got that Cardinal swagger, like a Brian Jordan. He can swat some. And he…


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Don't bring up 'mediocre' to Cardinals' Wainwright

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:00:00 -0600

Manager Mike Matheny has cautioned a leaner Adam Wainwright to take it easy this spring, but Wainwright said, 'I’m competing. I’m going to take every single throw like it’s the last pitch of the World Series, like I used to.'


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Hear ye, hear ye: Waino won't be talking retirement, extension or 'anything past today'

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:04:00 -0600

Cardinals stalwart Adam Wainwright, 36, admits he's been troubled by the word 'mediocre' being applied to him. 'The fact that has become an issue is a real problem for me,' he says. 'That’s why I need to focus on today…


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Hochman: How can Cards divvy catching duties between Molina and Kelly?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:35:00 -0600

The Cardinals arguably have the best catcher in the league and the best catching prospect in the league. Someone always will not be playing.


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Mozeliak confident Cardinals have done enough

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:30:00 -0600

President of baseball operations says: 'We feel like we’ve addressed our needs. When I look back on our offseason, I feel we were pretty active.'


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Bud Norris 'honored' to be with Cardinals

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:15:00 -0600

He's here as insurance for the rotation and a possible late-inning man in the bullpen if needed. But he would rather start.


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Day 2 sends Wainwright, most of rotation to the mounds

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:22:00 -0600

JUPITER, Fla. • From the moment the schedule was pinned to the corkboard in the Cardinals' clubhouse, there was something different about it from previous years. As detailed in Thursday's Post-Dispatch, there is a heavy Mike Maddux influence -- and…


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New pitching coach, new philosophies at front and center for Cards in spring training

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:30:00 -0600

For the first time in more than two decades, the Cardinals have hired a pitching coach who had not previously been with their organization. And as pitchers and catchers held their first official workout of 2018, Mike Maddux’s fingerprints were…


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BenFred: Cards' fourth-outfielder candidate O'Neill can mash, but can he stick?

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:10:00 -0600

Tyler O'Neill can learn a thing or two from the Canadian countryman he shared a table with at an awards dinner last month.


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Molina speaks highly of Tuivailala as closer candidate

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:20:00 -0600

'I think Tui is going to make a big difference,' says Molina, who at 35 begins his 15th season with the Cardinals this spring. He vows: 'We will be better' in 2018.


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As Cardinals camp opens, Gregerson relishes opportunity to finish where he started

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:55:00 -0600

A relief pitcher molded by the Cardinals before he was traded by the Cardinals is back to save for the Cardinals. After almost a decade as one of the game’s top setup relievers, the club is counting on Luke Gregerson…


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Gregerson sees closing as an opportunity, not a promise given him

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:54:00 -0600

Veteran righthander says he's not an established big-league closer looking only to throw in the ninth. Also: He's not slowed by offseason surgery.


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Pham enjoys batting No. 2, says 'last year was just the beginning'

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:50:00 -0600

Pham said he wasn’t going to be the old-school No. 2 hitter, who would give himself up with a right-side ground ball to move a runner from second to third.


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Norris, Reyes join Cardinals 'wide net' casting call for late-inning relief

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:55:00 -0600

Club expects Luke Gregerson to open as closer, and added relievers Dominic Leone and now Bud Norris to combine with Tyler Lyons, Brett Cecil, John Brebbia and Matt Bowman to sort out the late innings. Alex Reyes leads a wave…


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Intrigued by his reinvention as a reliever, Cardinals will sign Bud Norris

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:25:00 -0600

Source confirms that the veteran righthander has agreed to a deal, pending a physical. Cardinals see him as depth for rotation, candidate for bullpen.


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Hochman: Wacha will be a big piece of the puzzle for Cardinals

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:30:00 -0600

Last year, it was all about Michael Wacha showing that his shoulder could make it through the rigors of a full season of starts. This year, it’s about sharpening those starts.


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Healthier, stronger Lyons prepares for any pitching role with Cardinals

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 08:10:00 -0600

But Cardinals lefthander likely to be a late-inning reliever. He has 80 bullpen appearances, no starts in last two years.


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Cardinals prospect Greene digs deep to find answers to problems

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 08:05:00 -0600

Conner Greene, a bullpen candidate acquired from Toronto in the Randal Grichuk trade, struggled last summer because of reactions to a change in his ADHD medication. He was stuck in Class AA for a third consecutive season, and his starts…


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Hochman: Cards develop starters, Cubs buy them. A look at the risk and reward

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 23:05:00 -0600

JUPITER, Fla. • Birds speckled the sanctuary. It’s the spring training of spring training here, Cardinals getting ready to get ready, and on Saturday, there was pitcher Jack Flaherty, quietly scooting side-to-side for soft grounders, becoming a little better player…


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Matt Carpenter says shoulder injury 'normal, not in the back of my mind'

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 08:00:00 -0600

Grinding sensation and pain in his right shoulder left Cardinals' leadoff hitter searching for ways to get on base when power was sapped by pain.


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Jordan Schafer returns, still hoping to pitch and play outfield for Cardinals

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 07:40:00 -0600

JUPITER, Fla. • The most likely roster allotment for the Cardinals this season would be 12 pitchers and five extra men to go with the eight regulars, equaling the 25-player limit. But, for the second season in succession, the Cardinals…


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Hochman: Man lands on Jupiter

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 12:58:00 -0600

Columnist arrives to Jupiter, Fla., for Cardinals spring training -- and takes in the early sights and sounds.


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BenFred: Good, bad and ugly projections for the 2018 Cardinals

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 07:30:00 -0600

The Cardinals are headed for a second-place finish and a wild-card fight, per Baseball Prospectus' annual PECOTA projections. Columnist Ben Frederickson takes you inside the numbers.


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Wainwright: 'Now is not the time to save anything'

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 00:45:00 -0600

Veteran Cardinals starter coming off elbow surgery works through his pitches and talks about his plans for spring training as official workouts approach. Asked if he feels that he’s one of the team's big questions, Waino replied, 'I wouldn’t think…


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Cardinals betting big on encore by DeJong

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 10:40:00 -0600

Shortstop's profile on the field is growing — which has him thinking about balancing his interests off of it, too. He wants both to stay in tune.


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Cards still expect Reyes' season to start about May 1; they're not committing to his role

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 01:05:00 -0600

JUPITER, Fla. • While work continued Thursday on the landscaping around the Cardinals' clubhouse, the tarp was peeled back from the six pack of mounds that are right outside the door at Roger Dean Stadium. Several pitchers took advantage to…


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Wong no longer thirsts to bat first for the Cardinals

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0600

Cardinals' second baseman content with hitting eighth, but he wants to boost his stolen base total with help from Willie McGee.


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Oquendo can 'take the heat' as Cardinals coach but no longer desires to manage

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 12:40:00 -0600

Third-base coach Jose Oquendo, 54, says he long ago lost interest in managing — for the Cardinals or any other team. 'I'm done with that. I don't want to do that,' he said. '... My jobs are how can we…


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Lynn on the outside looking in as former Cardinals teammates work out

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 11:50:00 -0600

Lance Lynn, slimmed down and several weeks into his throwing program, has everything he needs to start the season — except for a team. A source said seven or eight teams have shown interest in the free-agent righthander. The Cardinals…


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Power arms and speedy outfielders headline Cardinals' non-roster invitees in Jupiter

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 12:50:00 -0600

Ryan Helsley and Jordan Hicks will be auditioning for future pitching roles, while Jose Adolis Garcia and Randy Arozarena could make things interesting in the outfield race. Also: Some familiar Cardinals jersey numbers (19, 29, 44, 55) have new owners.


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Ortiz: Cardinals GM Girsch full of optimism, even if the public isn't

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 09:00:00 -0600

Michael Girsch is pumped about 'the stuff you haven’t seen before' — slugger Marcell Ozuna in the heart of the batting order, newcomer Miles Mikolas in the rotation and intriguing prospect Tyler O'Neill in competition for a roster spot.


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BenFred: If Lance Lynn falls, Cardinals should move to catch him

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 07:55:00 -0600

Could the ongoing free-agent freeze ultimately result in some team adding the veteran righthander on a deal that, at last season's end, would have been considered a steal? Could the Cardinals be that team?


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Hochman: Pham craves hard work and recognition

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0600

Center fielder Tommy Pham is about the closest thing to Rocky Balboa we’ve got — once a Cardinals player on the verge of being cut, he then perseveres with sneers, works out maniacally, has a vision, finds his vision and…


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Ortiz: Hungry Cardinals begin migration to Jupiter

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 07:45:00 -0600

Fans should find comfort knowing that Kolten Wong, Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong rushed to Roger Dean Stadium weeks before they were supposed to report because they were eager to work with infield coach Jose Oquendo.


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Ortiz: Finally! Ray Lankford makes Cardinals Hall of Fame ballot

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 12:45:00 -0600

Considering the deep pool of legendary figures who have helped the Cardinals win 11 World Series over 126 years, it’s impressive to know that Lankford is the only player in franchise history with at least 200 stolen bases and 200…


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Goold: Cardinals use recent trades to fortify system, maintain their rank

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 13:35:00 -0600

Organizational rankings are out, and the Cardinals rate high in the National League Central — thanks to roster churn they've used to cover recent drafts.


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Cardinals bring back former All-Star closer Mujica on minor-league deal

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 12:45:00 -0600

When last the Cardinals had Edward Mujica in the bullpen, he was at the end of a career year that included an early-season takeover of the closer's job and an All-Star invitation because of his success in the ninth.


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BenFred: Cards, Cubs or Brew Crew — who shakes up the Central in 2018?

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 14:31:00 -0600

Seeing the Brewers beef up with recent moves ruffled the feathers of Cardinal Nation. It even had Cubs fans wondering, 'What's next?' So let's zoom out a bit and get a better feel for the biggest strengths and weaknesses of…


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Ortiz: MLB does right by moving away from Chief Wahoo

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0600

It took a few decades longer than it should have, but the Cleveland Indians finally have taken an important step forward by dumping their demeaning — if not racist — Chief Wahoo logo.


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BenFred: All eyes on Gyorko as third-base intrigue lingers

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 11:50:00 -0600

As the debate lingers about who the Cardinals could (Moustakas? Donaldson?) and should (Machado?) add at his position, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak has said Jedd Gyorko will 'get every opportunity' to lock down the most starts at third.


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BenFred: Where Cards' prospects rank; Grichuk's complaint about Matheny; Craig's final shot?

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:30:00 -0600

Rankings for 23-year-old catcher Carson Kelly and other up-and-comers, plus the recently traded outfielder's opinion about daily lineups, are among Ben Frederickson's five topics that Cardinals fans will be discussing.


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Gordo: Cardinals' rush to trade Grichuk seems puzzling

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:20:00 -0600

You have seen the last Cardinals home run leap off the bat of Randal Grichuk with mind-boggling exit velocity. He moved on to the Toronto Blue Jays for two pitchers Friday afternoon.


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Ortiz: Ozuna wowed by crash course on Cardinals' legacy

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:15:00 -0600

One magical evening spent listening to Whitey Herzog, Lou Brock and Bob Gibson left newcomer Marcell Ozuna with a true appreciation of what it means to wear the Cardinals’ uniform.



With Grichuk destined to sit often, Cardinals move him to Jays for young pitching

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:30:00 -0600

Mozeliak's view: 'If we were looking for playing time for Grichuk, it just didn’t seem like it was going to be a great fit. Ultimately, we decided that if we could move him, would we be able to acquire an…


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Grichuk surprised by trade to Toronto

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:16:00 -0600

Outfielder had lost his regular job with the Cardinals, who receive righthander Dominic Leone — one of the AL's top set-up relievers in 2017 — and Double-A righthander Conner Greene.


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Ortiz: Fans are skeptical, but Cardinals see Mikolas as a solid option

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:55:00 -0600

If starting pitcher Miles Mikolas performs as he expects, his two-year, $15.5 million contract will be seen as a bargain compared to the deals that free agent starters Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta and Lance Lynn hope to command.


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BenFred: Everybody can find a story about Musial's magic

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:15:00 -0600

On the five-year anniversary of the day we lost “Baseball’s Perfect Knight,” find a moment to remember what made him so much bigger than the game.


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Hochman: You thought being Yadi's backup was tough? Meet Yadi's backup's backup

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:45:00 -0600

Andrew Knizner is in a pickle. On Cardinals prospects lists, he's behind Carson Kelly, seen by many as the best catching prospect in baseball. And Kelly is the backup to Yadier Molina.


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Odd man out? Grichuk will keep 'fighting for a job, even if it's not possible'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600

It's easy to ascertain that there are three outfielders ahead of Randal Grichuk in the Cardinals’ pecking order: newly acquired Marcell Ozuna, Dexter Fowler and Tommy Pham. This is not where Grichuk, who has hit 76 homers in the last…


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Missed Winter Warm-Up? Then you missed a lot ... of Cards stories and photos

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:15:00 -0600

From Gregerson as closer, Carpenter all over, to Ozuna in St. Louis, a one-stop spot for dozens of stories from Team PD and the halls of the 22nd Winter Warm-Up.


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