Molina plans to retire at the end of his three-year extension
( Repeating a stance that he took into contract negotiations a year ago, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said he has three more years on his contract and three more years of playing.

"Three more years, and that's it," Molina said.

The Cardinals catcher attended Day 3 of the team's Winter Warm-up and after signing autographs for two hours he spent some time with the media and talked about returning to Puerto Rico, visiting Venezuela, having ...    [ More ]
Matheny leans toward lineup with Carpenter batting third, Fowler leading off
( ST. LOUIS o Several times this offseason, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and utility fielder Matt Carpenter explored the reasons why Carpenter has excelled when moved to leadoff in recent years -- and how it might be time to move again.

During sessions with media at Day 3 of the Winter Warm-up on Monday, both Matheny and Carpenter discussed the possibility -- even likelihood -- of Carpenter moving to No. 3 in the order.

Matheny likes the ...    [ More ]
Cards avoid hearings, reach deals with Ozuna, Wacha, Lyons
( Before introducing the centerpiece of their offseason and new focal point of their lineup to the home crowd this weekend at the Winter Warm-Up, the Cardinals reached an agreement with Marcell Ozuna on his salary for the coming season just before Friday's arbitration deadline struck.

The Cardinals, who have adopted a "file and trial" approach to arbitration negotiations the past two years, finalized contracts with Ozuna and two other eligible players ...    [ More ]
Cardinals sign pitcher Guilmet to minor-league deal
( New starter Miles Mikolas is not the only pitcher the Cardinals hope to see flourish after a return from playing oversees.

The Cardinals have agreed to a minor-league deal with pitcher Preston Guilmet, who last pitched in Tokyo.

The right-hander will receive an invitation to major league spring training, and stands to make $600,000 plus incentives if he reaches the majors, according to a report.

Guilmet, 30, has not pitched in the ...    [ More ]
Isringhausen, Ludwick join Cardinals minor league staff
( Former Cardinals All-Stars Ryan Ludwick and Jason Isringhausen have joined the Cardinals' minor league field staff, the organization announced Thursday in its annual reveal of the minor league staff and player development assignments for the upcoming season.

Ludwick will serve as minor league hitting instructor. Isringhausen is the minor league pitching instructor along with Randy Niemann, who has moved into a minor league pitching instructor role. ...    [ More ]
Done Deal: Cardinals send Piscotty to Oakland, closer to home
( LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. With the chance to address their logjam of outfielders and make a move that was beyond baseball, the Cardinals have traded Stephen Piscotty to Oakland for two minor-league infielders.

The deal was finalized Thursday morning after medical reviews (see below).

In exchange for Piscotty, the Cardinals will receive shortstop Yairo Munoz and second baseman Max Schrock. Both infielders are two of the A's top prospects and they fill a hole in the Cardinals' ...    [ More ]
Cardinals reach for a few 'lottery tickets' in Rule 5 draft
( LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. o A loophole used against them a few years ago worked for the Cardinals on Thursday as they reached into the Rule 5 draft and selected a teenage outfielder who they consider a "lottery ticket."

In the minor-league portion of the Rule 5 draft, the Cardinals took two outfielders, Angel Moreno (Tampa Bay) and Jean Selmo (Arizona). They lost infielder Jacob Wilson, who was left available on the Class AA roster and taken by the ...    [ More ]
Cardinals ship outfielder Piscotty to A's
(Belleville News-Democrat) Jon Heyman, of the MLB Network, is reporting that the St. Louis Cardinals have sent outfielder Stephen Piscotty to the Oakland A's for two minor leaguers.

The minor leaguers were not identified.

It's the second major trade of the day for the Cardinals, who earlier Wednesday completed a deal with the Marlins to bring outfielder Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis.

Piscotty, once a top prospect in the Cardinals system, signed a $33.5 ...    [ More ]
Cardinals strike deal to obtain Ozuna
( LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. o That progress the Cardinals felt they had toward a deal with the Marlins has accelerated to finalizing a deal for outfielder Marcell Ozuna, and the two teams are working through the details.

An agreement has been struck and the deal is being finalized, two sources described.

The deal is pending a physical, which is in the process of being scheduled. The Cardinals are known to have offered a pitching prospect as the ...    [ More ]
Update: Marlins feel talks on Ozuna are moving, and Cardinals have desired prospects
( LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.?o What the Miami Marlins learned about the Cardinals' system during the negotiations about Giancarlo Stanton has informed them on what to ask (or even expect) as the focus shifts to discussions about outfielder Marcell Ozuna.

The Marlins have had movement in their discussions with teams about Ozuna, and the expectation is that they will command some talented pitching in return.

The Cardinals have that pitching to offer, know that the Marlins have ...    [ More ]