Report: MLB owners approve plan to start season around July
(St. Louis Business Journal) Major League Baseball owners reportedly have approved a proposal that will go before the player's union to start the 2020 season around July 4.

The proposal says games will be played at first in ballparks without fans, with an 82-game season and expansion of the designated hitter to the National League, according to the Associated Press, which cited a source familiar with the matter.

In addition, the proposal says that players will receive a percentage of their 2020 ...    [ More ]
Cardinals exploring plans to hold second spring training at ...
( As discussions accelerate about how, when or if baseball will begin its 2020 season, the Cardinals are making internal plans and exploring the feasibility of holding preseason training at Busch Stadium, while also readying the Jupiter, Fla., complex as a site to hold "Camp 2.0."

"We have to plan for both possibilities," said John Mozeliak, the team's president of baseball operations. "We don't know when 'Camp 2.0' will be, but we have to think about what it would look like in both ...    [ More ]
Yadier Molina 'Willing' to Enter Free Agency If Cardinals Don't Extend Contract
(Bleacher Report) St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said in January he was committed to playing for the team as long as they wanted him and if they didn't want him he'd retire.

"If the Cardinals want me that's the only team I want to play for," Molina told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "So, it's still like that too. If they want me. If they want to move apart, that's it for me."

A lot has changed since then.

During a Wednesday phone conversation with ...    [ More ]
Cardinals release Munoz after 'baffling' departure from camp
( The St. Louis Cardinals released utility player Yairo Munoz on Saturday after he left spring camp without any notice.

Munoz unexpectedly flew home to the Dominican Republic, causing the team to question whether he would return, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"Trying to determine what is the next, best step, we just decided based on what we're hearing from his agent, maybe cutting ...    [ More ]
Notes: Flaherty deal renewed; Miller on mend
( JUPITER, Fla. -- Twenty-four of the Cardinals' 25 prearbitration players agreed to terms for the 2020 season, the club announced on Sunday. Jack Flaherty's contract was renewed, meaning the Cardinals imposed a salary for this season on Flaherty when he and the club couldn't come to an agreement.

It was the second year that Flaherty rejected the Cardinals' offer, which is formula-driven, and was renewed for the upcoming season. Flaherty's 2.75 ERA last ...    [ More ]
C-Mart, Kim highlight spring rotation battle
( ST. LOUIS -- With Spring Training quite literally days away, it's time to start looking at the competition that will take place on the roster this spring and into the season.

Despite the Cardinals not doing much this winter to shake up their roster, there are still some intriguing position battles we're going to see in camp. Where is Tommy Edman going to play? The versatile switch-hitter can play up to six positions and offers the Cardinals some flexibility in the lineup. Who will ...    [ More ]
Marcell Ozuna gets one-year deal from Braves worth $18 million
(ESPN) Outfielder Marcell Ozuna has signed a one-year, $18 million contract with the Atlanta Braves, the team announced Tuesday.

The St. Louis Cardinals traded for Ozuna in December 2017, and the 29-year-old outfielder offered protection -- and punch -- in the lineup behind Paul Goldschmidt as the Cardinals made it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2015.

Ozuna had 29 homers and 89 RBIs this past season after blasting 28 homers and driving in 88 runs the year before. ...    [ More ]
Capping career with Cards, Walker a HOFer
( In his 10th and final season on the ballot, Larry Walker is headed to Cooperstown.

Walker, who played with the Cardinals to close out his career in 2004-05, was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame with 76.6 percent of the vote -- surpassing the 75 percent needed for induction -- among ballots cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Walker batted .286 with 26 home runs and 79 RBIs as a ...    [ More ]
Molina wants to play several more years for Cardinals, and if ...
( St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina arrives to sign fan autographs on
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Cardinals' Matt Carpenter has 'personal motivation' after rough ...
(ESPN) ST. LOUIS -- This was not what Matt Carpenter or the St. Louis Cardinals
... He's always been a really hard worker," DeWitt said at ...    [ More ]