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Cardinals go 'over the top' to catch Fowler

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:40:00 -0600

Deal for free-agent center fielder Dexter Fowler has been described by sources as substantial and beyond the Cardinals’ initial play — it could stretch them to five years and around $80 million. Club also could turn toward free-agent sluggers Mark…


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Ortiz: Fowler is a leader who could energize Cards' clubhouse

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:15:00 -0600

Cardinals fans should feel much better about their team with the addition of a veteran leadoff hitter who also will bring a bit of life to the clubhouse.


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Hochman: Evolution of Fowler leads to Cards' rejuvenation

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:10:00 -0600

Once a lovable loser in Colorado, Fowler helped lead the lovable losers in Chicago to the title -- and now he's a Cardinal.


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Padres pick up Cards prospect Cordoba in Rule 5 draft

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:00:00 -0600

The Cardinals took a risk by leaving a rising, enticing prospect unprotected for Thursday’s Rule 5 draft and lost, but maybe only for a few months.


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Ortiz: Cardinals wisely won't give up the farm

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:10:00 -0600

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. • Long before the World Series champion Cubs fortified their roster by acquiring closer Wade Davis on Wednesday, the howls emanating from St. Louis were deafening on social media.


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Ortiz: Mozeliak optimistic despite failing to accomplish goals

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:00:00 -0600

But the Cardinals are no better today than they were when they arrived at the winter meetings site on Sunday.


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New CBA won't pinch Cardinals, even after record spending on Cuban, Latin talents

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:15:00 -0600

Team has blown past their spending limit on international amateurs -- and intend to spend more -- but the new labor agreement won't further limit them.


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Cardinal expose lefty relievers, highly regarded infielder in Rule 5 draft

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:05:00 -0600

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. • Rising talent from the Cardinals’ Latin America scouting and injuries to players like reliever Zach Duke have left the team unable to protect some players it wanted to before Thursday’s Rule 5 draft.


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Ortiz: Matheny works hard at getting even better

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:00:00 -0600

It’s almost unfair that so many fans question whether Matheny can lead the Cardinals to the franchise’s 12th World Series title.


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Cardinals planning to keep Wong

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:05:00 -0600

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. • The contract Kolten Wong received from the Cardinals last spring and the playing time he didn’t during the summer have led some teams this offseason to do the math and believe that the young second baseman…


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Ortiz: Winter Meetings Q-&-A with Mike Matheny

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:37:00 -0600

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. • Cardinals manager Mike Matheny addressed dozens of issues during his annual briefing at MLB's Winter Meetings.


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Ortiz at the winter meetings: Pioneer Claire Smith earns historic honor

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:12:00 -0600

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. • Claire Smith didn’t just help open baseball clubhouses to female journalists. She fought those battles and also helped other women and people of color as they established themselves in the profession.


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Cardinals notes: Martinez to pitch in World Baseball Classic

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 02:35:00 -0600

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. • After being one appearance shy of cracking that coveted 200-inning barrier, Carlos Martinez will get an early start on his workload in 2017.


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Martinez selected for Dominican team in WBC; Reyes has Cards' permission to play

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:39:00 -0600

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. • After leading the Cardinals' rotation in 2016, Carlos Martinez will get a chance to pitch for his country in 2017.


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Ortiz at the Winter Meetings: Yost sidesteps Cain question

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:32:00 -0600

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. • Given the chance to publicly lobby to keep Lorenzo Cain off the trade market, Royals manager Ned Yost diplomatically sidestepped a specific question about his All-Star center fielder at the Winter Meetings on Monday.


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Hochman: MLB's move against the chew is a good one

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:20:00 -0600

Major League Baseball and the players’ union agreed this week to ban smokeless tobacco for all new major leaguers.


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Chicago writer questions 'best fans in baseball'

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:10:00 -0600

Seems Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Rosenbloom was looking to have a little fun Friday ... at the expense of the Cardinals, and their fans.


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Maness let go by Cardinals

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:51:00 -0600

Mozeliak said the acquisition of righthander John Gant from Atlanta on Thursday helped lead to the decision not to tender reliever Maness.


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All-Star Game win no longer will be World Series edge

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:34:00 -0600

Cardinals chairman DeWitt likes the change, one of several in the new collective bargaining agreement.


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BenFred: Exploring Justin Turner as an option for the Cardinals

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0600

The Cardinals are focused on the outfield first, but the best free agent might be a third baseman who could help the middle of the order and the infield defense.


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All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field in World Series, per report

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:45:00 -0600

Selig's "This Time it Counts" has been removed in favor of best record determining who hosts Game 1, an Associated Press report states


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Clapp named Memphis manager

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:59:00 -0600

'Stubby' was popular player for Cardinals and for Memphis









What ongoing labor talks mean for Cardinals and MLB

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:17:00 -0600

As Thursday's expiration of the CBA nears, here's a way to cut through the clutter (a lockout, really?) and understand what's at stake, locally and at large.


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Ortiz: Castro's death big news for exiles in MLB

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 00:10:00 -0600

Almost two years after he defected from Cuba, Rolando Arrojo approached me with a request one morning during the Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ inaugural spring training.


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Holliday might be moving on, but his impact in St. Louis is long-lasting

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 05:45:00 -0600

His quiet charitable work, particularly with children, “will be hard for us all to replace,” one Cards executive says.


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Cardinals outrun the market to sign versatile lefty Cecil

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:20:00 -0600

In a sign of the times, setup man nets $30.5 million contract, largest the Cardinals have ever given a free-agent reliever


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Why today's the day to be scouting in Musial's hometown

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:55:00 -0600

The Nov. 21 date carries special meaning in Donora, Pa., especially in 2016, if you believe in baseball magic or numerology


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Cardinals' female owner featured in 'Women of Baseball' exhibit

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:30:00 -0600

New exhibit features Helene Britton, believed to be the first woman to own a major league sports team, and Allie May Schmidt, responsible for the “birds on the bat” logo.


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Cardinals make case for Ballpark Village subsidy

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:15:00 -0600

Development subsidies would cover roughly 30 percent of new apartment tower, office building and retail structure.


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BenFred: Add a shortstop? Makes no sense for Cardinals

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 23:00:00 -0600

Of all the theories on how this team can improve, mortgaging the future to dislodge a rookie All-Star from his position is by far the most bizarre.


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Holliday finally a free agent; at least one NL team interested

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:50:00 -0600

GLENDALE, Ariz. • A wrinkle in Matt Holliday’s contract kept him on the Cardinals’ roster until Thursday, when the players' union and Major League Baseball agreed that he could be set loose as a free agent.









Cardinals will play new-neighbor Nats often during spring training

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:19:00 -0600

GLENDALE, Ariz. • The World Baseball Classic will add some length to spring training, but new neighbors will at least shorten the time spent in a bus for the Cardinals.


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Hochman: Less thump, more speed would help Cardinals

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:30:00 -0600

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. • The swat-to-trot Cardinals. In 2016, they hit three more homers than the Braves did … in 2015 and 2016 combined.


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MLB concern: Will Trump presidency affect Cuban, international markets?

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 10:51:00 -0600

Commissioner: 'We’re all familiar with what he said about Mexico. We need to wait and see what actually happens.'



Manfred says end is near for hacking probe of Cardinals

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:55:00 -0600

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. • The closure the Cardinals, Astros and Major League Baseball seek for the hacking scandal that enveloped the two former rivals last year and led to one prison sentence is nearing, the commissioner said Wednesday.


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Tyler Lyons out 5-6 months after knee surgery

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:50:00 -0600

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. • The lingering knee injury that cost lefty Tyler Lyons almost half of this past season will now intrude on next season after he it required an extensive operation Tuesday.


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Manfred: 'Time has come' for resolution in Cardinals' hacking scandal

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 15:45:00 -0600

A new CBA is also being negotiated, and Manfred is hopeful it will be completed before the current one expires next month.















Goold: Cardinals playing catchup after bad run on the bases

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 11:23:00 -0600

For years, the Cardinals masked baserunning issues, but a deep dive into the 2016 numbers show how it slowed the offense -- and must be fixed.


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Commitment to Carpenter at first reveals Cards' infield plans

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:45:00 -0600

Mozeliak refers to Wong as everything from an everyday second baseman to a prominent part of the team’s plan for 2017.


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Cardinals commit to Carpenter at first base

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 15:21:00 -0600

The All-Star's third different position in four years will allow team to 'simplify' its search, stabilize its defense.


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Hochman: Extending Matheny's contract is logical choice

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 12:25:00 -0500

Also: Lyons’ knee injury not progressing as hoped.






BenFred: 3 suggestions for Matheny after his 3-year extension

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 00:20:00 -0500

Some Cardinals fans were disappointed to hear of Mike Matheny's new contract. Here are three ways the Cardinals manager can win them over by 2020.


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BenFred: What's a St. Louis sports fan to do?

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 07:00:00 -0500

One could make a case that 2016 is the worst calendar year for St. Louis sports fans in the past 30 years.


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Gordo: Of course the Cardinals stayed the course

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 06:10:00 -0500

Are you really surprised Mike Matheny got a three-year contract extension? You shouldn't be. He fits snugly into how this franchise wants to operate for the long haul.


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Matheny on board as Cards manager through 2020

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0500

Skipper says there's room for improvement at his end, both on the field and in his communication with players off the field.


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