Team has scheduled 20 after having 15 this year.
It started with the plan for a decorative oversized logo outside Busch Stadium, one that could be a meeting place like Stan Musial’s statue, a focal point for broadcast reports of activity around the ballpark, or just a favorite fixture for fan selfies — that interlocking STL rising up right over their shoulder.
Marcell Ozuna is arguably the best available free agent outfielder — a sign of a market that has many teams exploring trades for outfielders. Count the Cardinals in that group. They have outfielders they’re willing to discuss in trades and curiosity about what established outfielder they could acquire.
A historically significant relationship that broadcast St. Louis and Cardinals baseball far west and to almost every corner of the country will continue into the next decade.
The top reliever in the free-agent marketplace is already gone. Will Smith went to the Braves and made that team an even stronger contender. So what will the Cardinals do with their bullpen?
Also: Some updates on Carlos Martinez and Alex Reyes, and their throwing programs this winter as they prepare for spring training.
Gerrit Cole officially became a free agent Thursday when he declined a qualifying offer from the Houston Astros.
Theo Epstein wants to shake things up on the North Side of Chicago and he has players that most teams covet. So the Cubs could drive the trade market.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The homegrown executive who helped the Cardinals continue to splice statistics and scouting into a draft strategy that excelled at identifying pitching talent that still nourishes the team is taking his talents to the North Side.
Plus: Would Cardinals consider Cole Hamels to fill out the rotation? Blues' early success sustainable? Apathy setting in among Tiger fans? SLU bound for return to NCAA Tournament? These and more are among the hot topics from columnist Ben Frederickson's weekly chat with STL sports fans.
Speaking to Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold and other media at the GM meetings, agent Scott Boras — who represents the top three free agents — argued that too many teams are cozying up to losing instead of contending, and that's having a lullaby effect on the free-agent market and fans’ interest.
Left fielder plans to pass on the Cardinals’ one-year, $17.8-million qualifying offer by Thursday’s deadline in part because of the early interest he’s received from teams other than St. Louis. At least a half-dozen teams have had early talks about Ozuna.
Gold Glove catcher would turn 40 around the All-Star break of the 2022 season. Also: Teams lining up for Ozuna, TLR reunites with Pujols.
Adam Wainwright's late-season surge, which he traced to a bold conversation initiated by young Jack Flaherty, led to him receiving a contract for 2020 that can reach $10 million with incentives.
Check out the hot topics in baseball writer Derrick Goold's live chat from MLB's general manager meetings, including: Would Fowler or Carp ever waive their no-trade clauses? What Ozuna wants vs. what Cards want, and why payroll flexibility is an issue.
He is first to win managing award after not having played professionally. Milwaukee's Counsell finishes close second. Washington's Martinez and Houston's Hinch, who opposed each other in World Series, both finish fifth in respective leagues.
An 'option' available to the Cardinals is the sweet spot of the free-agent market: starting pitching, at every price point. General manager Michael Girsch says the club is open to adding muscle to that strength.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The preference, even as he hit free agency for the first time in his career and could field offers from other interested team, was always to return for one more year, that last encore before the curtain, with the St. Louis Cardinals.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The preference, even as he hit free agency for the first time in his career and could field offers from other interested teams, was always to return for one more year, that last encore before the curtain, with the Cardinals.
“This is a very tough division. We’d love to be 10 games over (.500) and partying like rock stars. We’ll do it at some point.”