The Drama Continues………

 At this time Roy Oswalt is not a Cardinal yet. According to Joe Strauss,
” The Cardinals are actively shopping versatile righthander Kyle McClellan in order to alleviate a numbers crunch within their bullpen and to restore payroll flexibility that could be committed to a free agent starting pitcher.” It has come to light that the Orioles are interested in McClellan. To move McClellan will help the Cardinals to sign Roy Oswalt. The rumors that are now swirling out of Baltimore are that the Cardinals want to make a trade for Adam Jones. The names that are floating out there to make such a deal include Adam Wainwright, Jon Jay, Jake Westbrook, and of course McClellan. I would love to have Adam Jones as a centerfielder. His numbers are on the rise and would improve the hitting line up, just in case Holliday loses his swing once again. I can’t see the Cardinals trading away Wainwright but it maybe realistic that the Cardinals package up McClellan with Jon Jay, Adron Chambers and Lance Lynn for Adam Jones. As far as I know this is only a rumor in regards to Adam Jones. Hopefully the Cards will clear payroll room soon to get Oswalt on board.


Reports Coming In: Oswalt close to Signing with Cards

Reports coming in from Jim Duquette from MLB Network announced on Sirius XM that the Cardinals are close to a deal with Roy Oswalt. According to Joe Strauss the Cardinals made an offer of earlier in the winter of $5 million.
He says that the Astros and Boston are also still in the mix. The Rangers have been rumored to be the front runners, but they were not mentioned by Duquette. The Red Sox offered Oswalt a one year $5 million deal yesterday, and that has been the only reported offer.
Oswalt has reportedly wanted to stay near the south, where he is from. The Cardinals and Rangers had been in the lead for a bit, and the Astros seem to be a new team in the mix, where he had previously played before being dealt to the two years ago. I recall that the Cardinals where interested in Roy before he went to the Phillies. With Oswalt possibly in the mix what a starting five we would have.

Projected Numbers for 2012

1. Chris Carpenter  15-10     229 (IP)     3.42 ERA
2. Adam Wainwright     17-7     209.3 (IP)     2.64 ERA
3. Roy Oswalt     13-7     164.3(IP)     3.72 ERA
4. Kyle Lohse     10-9     4.29 ERA
5. Jaime Garcia     14-8     194(IP)     3.40 ERA

It looks like that Jake Westbrook would be moved to a long reliever. Would love to have Oswalt.
Please keep your eyes on my blog for more information on Oswalt.

Source: Jim Duquette/Sporting News Fantasy Report 2012

Yoenis Cespedes becomes a Free Agent

I was just watching the Prince Fielder news conference when I read the news ticker that Cespedes had established residency in the Dominican Republic. Now that Prince Fielder is signed, the Tigers are no longer intrested in Cespedes. The teams that are now targeting him are the Cubs, Marlins, Whitesox, Indians, Yankees. Phillies, Bluejays and Rangers. It was reported that he has no interest with the Marlins. Too bad that I don’t see the Cardinals on the list of potential suitors. I have a strong feeling it will come down to the Cubs or the Indians. Good luck!

Jason Motte Returns to the Cardinals

Nice to see this happen. Pistol Pete returns. Motte became one of my favorite players during the 2011 Word Series. Loved seeing his intensity. Today he agreed to one year deal that is worth $1.95 million.
The 29-year-old reliever was 5-2 with a 2.25 ERA and nine saves last season, earning the closer’s role in late August and getting five saves in the postseason. Motte closed out the NL championship series and the World Series.

“Being out there, getting that last out, Yaddy (Molina) looking back at me, down on his knees — it’s one of those things I’ll never forget,” Motte said last week.
The Cardinals have no remaining arbitration-eligible players. St. Louis pitcher Kyle McClellan agreed to a one-year deal last week.
Motte made $435,000 last year. He asked for $2.4 million in arbitration and was offered $1.5 million.
He can earn an additional $75,000 in performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 50, 55 and 60 games finished.
Motte had 63 strikeouts in 68 innings last season and a 1.93 ERA after the All-Star break. He appeared in 78 games, a franchise record for a right-hander.
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Source: AP

Fielder Signs with Tigers

Today Prince Fielder hits pay dirt. He signed a contract of $214 million for nine years with the Detroit Tiogers today. Geez Albert Pujols got $240 Million for ten years. Looks like Prince got a better deal than Pujols. Less money with more at bats. Fielder will be more durable at first base and probably last longer in the bigs than Albert. Here is more information about the signing by Chris Snyder via CBS SPORTS.:

The Tigers were recently dealt what appeared to be a pretty severe blow, as Victor Martinez tore his ACL and could miss the entire 2012 season. So there went Miguel Cabrera‘s lineup protection, right? Think again. Owner Mike Ilitch really wants to win a World Series championship and this signing indicates one of the strongest reactions one can even imagine to news like that.

Heyman also notes that the finalists to land Fielder were the Nationals, Tigers and one other “mystery team.” So it’s entirely possible the Nationals would have come away with Fielder had Martinez not torn his ACL. It’s funny how things work sometimes.

A Fielder-Cabrera combo in the middle of that order will dominate AL Central pitching. Throw Justin Verlander into the mix, and the Tigers have three of baseball’s biggest stars.

Fielder, 27, hit .299/.415/.566 with 38 homers, 120 RBI, 95 runs and 36 doubles last season for the NL Central champion Brewers. He finished third in MVP voting and also took home the All-Star Game MVP. Though Fielder is a large man, he is as durable as they come. He hasn’t played in less than 157 games in a season since becoming a regular. He played in all 162 last season, following up seasons where he appeared in 161 and 162 games, respectively.

The smart money with Fielder and Cabrera is a split at first base, with the other serving as the designated hitter. Then again, what if the Tigers got nuts and tried to shove Cabrera back across the diamond to play third base again — where he began his career? That would mean the infield defense would be awful, but would also leave room for a better hitting DH than Brandon Inge (who, at this point, looks like the third baseman). And if Victor Martinez comes back healthy? It works even better.

The Tigers won the AL Central by 15 games last season. Even if Martinez misses all of the 2012 season, Fielder is a pretty sizeable upgrade to the offense. So it would appear the division is the Tigers’ to lose.

For now, though, the only details that really matter are that Prince Fielder is heading to Detroit — where his father once held down the middle of the order — and he’s going to make a whole lot of money.

Chris Snyder

David Eckstein Retires

I just picked up this bit of news from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that David Eckstein has decided to call it quits from Major League Baseball. Being a Cardinal Fan Eckstein has become part of Cardinal lore. This gritty player has warmed up to Cardinal Nation as a fan favorite. With only three years with St.Louis he became an All Star short stop twice and a World Series MVP in 2006. I was hoping for a comeback but I guess he decided to hang it up for now. Maybe we will see him pop up again sometime soon.

Matt Adams On The Rise

There are a few players in the Cardinals Farm System that I feel are truly legit enough to make the majors in a few years or less. One of the players I can’t wait to see take his place as the Cardinals official first baseman is Matt Adams. This 6’3 hulking figure has only spent two in the Cardinals minor league system to amass 64 home runs and 241 RBIs while playing for Johnson City , Batavia, Quad Cities and Springfield from 2009 to 2011. Matt was also chosen for Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year (2011). Adams also finished his turn at the invitation-only Arizona Fall League this past month with a .250 average, four homers and 19 RBIs in 20 games. A scout with an opposing National League team calls Adams “the top position prospect they have” in the Cardinals’ system. I believe that the Cardinals will make room for his bat. With one more year with Berkman at first base we should see this power hitter in 2013. I am hoping big things for this big man.

Cardinals Sign Kyle McClellan

It was nice to find out that the Cardinals avoided salary arbitration with McClellan and signed him for a one year deal. No information in regards to salary has been released at this time. I thought that Kyle did a great job in 2011 splitting his time as a starting pitcher and a middle reliever. In 17 starts he 6-6 with a 4.61 era as a starter. McClellan was a part time starting pitcher till the Cardinals traded for Edwin Jackson.

I had always felt that McClellan had a lot of talent and had enough worth to help upgrade the Cardinal team if they needed to trade him. With McClellan now in place the Cardinals are now working with Jason Motte in regards to a deal 

Cardinals Sign Koyie Hill

The Cardinals has signed Koyie Hill to a minor league deal today. A light hitting back up catcher that has spent five years with the Cubs. Koyie had posted a .194/.268/.276 line in 153 plate appearances for the Cubs in 2011, he had  a rate of  24% of stolen base attempts. Koyie a eight-year veteran had a career batting line of .211/.275/.298 and has stopped 28% of the stolen base attempts against him. Koyie will be competing with Tony Cruz and Bryan Anderson for the role of back up catcher for Yadi Molina for the 2012 roster. Good luck Koyie!