86-76 2nd
.255 10th
4.11 8th
.983 11th
HR Jedd Gyorko 30
RBI Stephen Piscotty 84
R Stephen Piscotty 85
BA Yadier Molina .304
SB Kolten Wong 7
W Carlos Martinez 16
ERA Seung Hwan Oh 1.92
K Carlos Martinez 174
SV Seung Hwan Oh 19
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Cards don't plan to reduce Yadi's playing time
( The annual topic of Yadier Molina's playing time and the question about whether this is the year the Cardinals rein it in predictably arose on the final day of the Cardinals' Winter Warm-Up. This time, though, manager Mike Matheny came with a bold and changed response.

Instead of feigning interest in reducing the 34-year-old's workload this season, Matheny stated his intention to continue riding Molina as he has until the veteran catcher shows he's no longer able to handle it.

"My job description is to win games," Matheny said. "And if I have a player that I feel like is going to help us win games and that I feel is able to answer the bell, he's going to be in the lineup.

"... We're going to put the best team out there each particular day, but [we're] also not drawing reservations because of maybe some information out there that says maybe we should back off. I don't buy it. I think if people have enjoyed the last several seasons of watching one of ...     [ More ]
Time to work on efficiency, Matheny says
Given the Cardinals' avowed desire to tighten their game fundamentally, it would seem logical to assume that the athletes will be spending much more time on the back fields in the Florida sun this spring. Not necessarily, said manager Mike Matheny.

Matheny said the Cardinals' concentration on those basics will continue the whole season but that there will be some changes made this spring.

"Efficiency" is ...    [ More ]
Grichuk ready to rebound after knee issue
( Randal Grichuk, the Cardinals' projected starting left fielder, divulged on Sunday that he began the offseason by undergoing a scope to remove floating cartilage in his left knee. The club had not previously announced the surgery.

The procedure required six weeks of rehab, and it addressed discomfort that Grichuk said began one month into the 2016 season. He managed the issue with constant treatment, but Grichuk noted that it was a constant irritant.

"There was a lot going ...    [ More ]
Cards' Harris, Gonzales healthy, ready to compete
( Marco Gonzales and Mitch Harris, a pair of pitchers who had their 2016 seasons scrapped due to injury, are both positioned to be at or near the end of their rehab programs when the Cardinals open Spring Training next month.

Harris, who underwent a repair on his right elbow ligament in June, is closer to that endpoint and expects to be throwing uninhibited by the end of the month.

The fact that Harris is in position to nudge his way back into the bullpen conversation is the ...    [ More ]
Carpenter, Reyes commit to play in World Baseball Classic
( When All-Star infielder Matt Carpenter received the invitation last month to join Team USA for the upcoming World Baseball Classic, it did not take long for him to make a decision.

"In 2 seconds," he texted.

Two Cardinals teammates, Carpenter and rookie Alex Reyes, confirmed Thursday that they will participate in this spring's international tournament. Reyes will join Carlos Martinez on the Dominican Republic's national team, though it's not yet clear what role he will ...    [ More ]
Oquendo to serve as special assistant to GM
( Jose Oquendo, who vacated his role as the Cardinals' third-base coach in 2016 due to health issues, will soon be named a special assistant to general manager John Mozeliak, as part of Oquendo's transition to a new role within the organization. The Cardinals are expected to formally announce the move later this week.

As part of his new job description, Oquendo will work out of the team's complex in Jupiter, Fla., where he will assist with the instruction of Minor League players. The ...    [ More ]
Fowler to wear McGwire's No. 25, but he's honoring Bonds
( Dexter Fowler has a smile as wide as a Phil Cuzzi strike zone. He's likable and loquacious and has a personality that when he says, "Nice to meet you," he may, actually, honestly, find it nice to meet you.

"And my mentor," Fowler said, "is Barry Bonds."

Wait? Perhaps the most-likable player in the game is mentored by perhaps the least-liked player in the history of the game?

"He realizes that he didn't handle himself the way he wanted to be handled," ...    [ More ]
Fowler, Cardinals agree on 5-year deal
( going in and grinding and figuring out a way to get on base and figuring out what that does to an opposition, and what it does to a pitching staff, and how it elevates pitch counts, and how it does create a sense of rhythm in your offense. The more players that you can have like that, I think the better off you're going to be."

Fowler also immediately improves the look of the outfield. Moving Grichuk to left would allow the Cardinals to replace the departed Matt Holliday, who signed ...    [ More ]
Cards want to build around Wong, not trade him
( As the Cardinals continue to explore the trade market for a potential outfield addition, it's no surprise that clubs have often asked for top prospects in return. But there has also been widespread interest in players who have already ascended to the Majors, one of those being second baseman Kolten Wong.

Though Wong, who signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract in March, has not yet pieced together six consecutive months of steady production, his athleticism, age (Wong turned 26 in ...    [ More ]
Holliday fitted for pinstripes, signs deal with Yankees
( Before some of the teams had unpacked for the annual winter meetings, Matt Holliday had found a new home --?one with a right-field dimension and fans that could make the most of his swing.

Holliday has agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Yankees, The Post-Dispatch has confirmed.

He'll get a chance to serve as the Yankees' designated hitter, but he could also play the outfield and first base in the Bronx.

Holliday, who turns 37 in January, ...    [ More ]
Cardinals non-tender reliever Maness
( Reliever Seth Maness, once the Cardinals' double-play specialist out of the bullpen, is now a free agent after the club opted not to tender the second-year arbitration-eligible player a contract before Friday's deadline.

The Cardinals did, however, tender contracts to their other five arbitration-eligible players: Trevor Rosenthal, Matt Adams, Carlos Martinez, Kevin Siegrist and Michael Wacha. The club now turns its attention toward reaching contract agreements with those five ...    [ More ]

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