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Ozuna agrees to $12.25 million deal for 2019 as Cardinals avoid arbitration hearings
(STLToday.com) The Cardinals and their three arbitration-eligible players left fielderMarcell Ozuna, starting pitcher Michael Wacha and reliever Dominic Leone-- reached agreement Friday on contracts for the 2019 season, with Ozuna topping the list at $12.25 million, up from his $9 million salary of 2018.

Ozuna's one-year deal is believed to be the highest single-season contract for a Cardinals position player, just ahead of Lance Berkman's $12 million in 2012. Reliever Greg Holland signed for $14 ...    [ More ]
Cardinals, Wacha agree on $6.3 million contract for 2019
(STLToday.com) The Cardinals and righthander Michael Wacha have settled on a $6.3 million contract for 2019, avoiding arbitration, according to sources.

The agreement also calls for Wacha to receive another $100,000 if he pitches at least 175 innings.

Wacha, who made $5.3 million this past season, was 8-2 in late June before suffering an oblique strain. He tried to come back on a minor league rehabilitation program but had more discomfort and was shut down for the season.

His ...    [ More ]
Andrew Miller agrees to two-year deal with Cards
(MLB.com) The Cardinals have agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent reliever Andrew Miller, the club announced Friday. According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, the deal, which includes a full no-trade clause, is for $25 million and has a $12 million vesting option if Miller pitches in 110 combined games in 2019-20.

After acquiring the big bat they'd been seeking with a trade for Paul Goldschmidt, the Cardinals shifted their focus to the back end of the bullpen. That led them to Miller, who ...    [ More ]
Source: Cardinals closing in on deal for lefty reliever Andrew Miller
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(STLToday.com) ST. LOUIS o One of the first things the Cardinals said they needed to add this winter was an elite lefthanded reliever for the bullpen, and with a few shopping days remaining before Christmas they closed in a deal with an All-Star who has helped reinvent on bullpens are used.

Andrew Miller and the Cardinals are working to finalize a deal that will add the two-time All-Star lefty to the Cardinals' late-inning options, a source told the Post-Dispatch. Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network also ...    [ More ]
Cardinals acquire Drew Robinson, lose Patrick Wisdom in swap of infielders with Rangers
(STLToday.com) LAS VEGAS o On the first day of the winter meetings, the Cardinals continued to have internal debates on whether the major-league bench needed a lefthanded-hitting infielder or a left-handed hitting outfield.

In the end, they traded for a player who gave them both.

In a swap of infielders Tuesday afternoon, the Cardinals sent slugger Patrick Wisdom to the Texas Rangers for Drew Robinson, a lefthanded hitter who can play center field and also has infield experience. ...    [ More ]
Cardinals introduce slugger Goldschmidt
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(MLB.com) The Cardinals introduced their new superstar first baseman on Friday, welcoming Paul Goldschmidt to St. Louis at a press conference at Busch Stadium.

"I don't know a player in baseball that doesn't want to play here," Goldschmidt said, donning a No. 46 Cardinals jersey. "There are certain organizations that are just known for greatness, and this is one of them."

The Cardinals pulled off the trade with the D-backs to bring Goldschmidt to St. Louis on Wednesday, sending ...    [ More ]
Cardinals trade for Paul Goldschmidt
(MLB.com) The Cardinals acquired first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from the D-backs for right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, infielder Andrew Young and a 2019 Competitive Balance Round B Draft pick in a blockbuster trade Wednesday.

"We've been busy this offseason working to upgrade our lineup, and today we are excited to announce the acquisition of one of the game's premier players in first baseman Paul Goldschmidt," said Cardinals president of baseball operations John ...    [ More ]
Cardinals, Shreve agree to terms for 2019
(MLB.com) ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals reached a one-year agreement with lefty reliever Chasen Shreve and tendered contracts to their other three arbitration-eligible players prior to Friday's 7 p.m. CT non-tender deadline. Those three remaining unsigned players -- Marcell Ozuna, Michael Wacha and Dominic Leone -- now have six weeks to negotiate contracts with the Cardinals before the two sides would have to exchange desired salary figures.

With the club adopting a file-and-trial policy in ...    [ More ]
Cardinals bring back the blue jerseys, with a 'St. Louis' twist
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(STLToday.com) The blue is back, but not yet at home.

In their first significant jersey change in six seasons, the Cardinals have found a new twist on a traditional look. The Cardinals unveiled a new powder blue -- or, "victory" blue -- jersey Monday morning at Ballpark Village, and the familiar color comes on a relatively new jersey.

The blue is similar to what the Cardinals wore in the 1982, though it appears now in the Saturday home style -- with a script "St. Louis" and the red ...    [ More ]
Ankiel hits a bump in his comeback effort
(STLToday.com) CARLSBAD, Calif. o The third act of Rick Ankiel's career with the Cardinals has been delayed a few months as the lefty recovers from elbow surgery that has slowed his comeback attempt.

On the verge of returning to the Cardinals and possibly joining spring training as a lefty reliever, Ankiel felt some soreness in his elbow that required a repair that halted his throwing. The Cardinals believe he will be ready to pitch by midseason, and they intend to be there with a minor-league ...    [ More ]