So Where Will Dozier Go?

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Well it looks like things with Brian Dozier may come to an end soon. The Twins want to wrap things up sooner than later according to Steve Adams of MLTrade rumors. Here is the article……

Brian Dozier’s name has been a focal point of the rumor mill for the better part of a month, but his prolonged saga may be drawing to a close, as La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins have asked interested teams to make their best offers for Dozier in the coming days. According to Neal, Minnesota doesn’t want the scenario to drag on too much longer and will prepare to open the 2017 season with Dozier as the second baseman if no palatable offer surfaces.

Neal suggests that the sticking point between the Twins and the Dodgers, who have long been the clear primary suitor for Dozier, has been that Los Angeles is seeking a straight up, one-for-one swap of Dozier and top pitching prospect Jose De Leon. The Twins, meanwhile, have understandably been insistent on the inclusion of at least one more well-regarded prospect. The Dodgers “haven’t blinked,” however, according to Neal. That lines up with this week’s report from FanRag’s Jon Heyman that the Dodgers aren’t willing to include any of Cody Bellinger, Yadier Alvarez or Walker Buehler alongside De Leon in a trade to acquire Dozier.

Other teams to express interest in Dozier at some point this winter include the Giants, Cardinals, Nationals and Braves, per Neal. However, there’s been very little chatter surrounding the Giants’ interest in recent weeks, while reports out of St. Louis and out of D.C. have suggested that interest from those teams may be somewhat overstated. ESPN’s Mark Saxon reported earlier this week that while the Cardinals may have some interest, they’re not actively pursuing Dozier. More recently, he tweeted that the Cardinals’ reported interest was part of the Twins’ effort “to extract max value from the Dodgers.” Meanwhile, Chelsea Janes from the Washington Post reported this week that any inquiries made on the Nationals’ behalf haven’t been serious in nature.

Atlanta hasn’t been mentioned too often as a potential landing spot for Dozier, though there’s certainly a reasonable fit there. Jace Peterson projects as the everyday second baseman at the moment, but Dozier’s bat would represent a marked upgrade. Adding Dozier would run somewhat counter to many of the Braves’ recent maneuverings on the trade market, which have generally taken a more long-term focus, though Atlanta did send three mid-level prospects to the Cardinals to acquire Jaime Garcia. Of course, Dozier would require top-tier young talent, and there’s been no indication that the Braves are willing to deal that type of talent for shorter-term gains.

While it’s certainly possible that one of these teams steps up and makes an offer to rival the Dodgers, or that another surprise suitor emerges from the woodwork, it seems that the likeliest scenario for a Dozier trade would simply be for the Twins and Dodgers to find a common ground. Neal notes that if the Twins were going to pull the trigger on a one-for-one swap, Dozier would’ve been dealt by now, which indicates that a trade would probably require L.A. to improve its current offer.

Considering the fact that Dozier is controlled for another two seasons at a total of $15MM, the Twins don’t need to simply take the best offer that someone puts on the table. While many point to Dozier’s prodigious second half in 2016, he’s somewhat quietly been a very good player for Minnesota over the past four seasons, averaging 4.1 fWAR and 4.5 rWAR per year in that time. The Twins could well hold onto Dozier until the trade deadline, when a larger market for his services — due to injuries to and/or underperformance from second basemen around the league –could emerge. Of course, in doing so, they run the risk that Dozier has another poor start to the season, as he did in 2016, or that he incurs an injury himself.

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Will Wong be Traded or will he Stay?

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So will Kolten Wong be traded or will be our starting second baseman for 2017? I always found in interesting with GM John Mozeliak that he really doesn’t give much information about what he is up to but we certainly do follow the ups and downs of Kolten Wong. Last year he was sent down to Memphis to technically work on his hitting but also to make room for players coming off the disable list. This evening Steve Adams of MLBTraderumors released this article….. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny have both heaped praise onto second baseman Kolten Wong this winter, writes Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, further suggesting that the 26-year-old isn’t likely to be traded. Wong’s name surfaced in rumors earlier this winter and has come up in speculation that has been linked to St. Louis’ reported interest in Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, but Mozeliak speaks highly of the former first-round pick. “I don’t make lineups but you have to have the understanding of patience,” said Mozeliak. “He’s such a talented defender and when your team is built around groundball pitching it’s nice to have that behind you.” Mozeliak and Matheny have both called Wong a “Gold Glove-caliber everyday second baseman,” Goold notes. Wong tells Goold that he’s trying his best to put a poor 2016 season behind him and has been working out with former teammate Jon Jay, focusing specifically on speed and explosiveness rather than adding muscle. Wong has $24.25MM remaining on the five-year, $25.5MM extension he inked last March.

I tend to think that the Cardinals would consider trading Kolten Wong especially if Brian Dozier is the main target. Wong actually still has value as a trade chip; he’s still just 26, he has power and speed and the potential to be an above-average defensive second baseman. Plus, he’s under contract for the next four seasons for just $20.25 million (with a club option for 2021). The Twins figure to love that type of low-cost control. It’s not that the Cardinals want to give away Wong, who could very well turn into an All-Star in 2017, but Dozier is a much more reliable option at second base as the club tries to keep pace with the Cubs in the NL Central.

Cardinals are All In on Brian Dozier

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This afternoon when I received this on twitter I knew right away that the Cardinals are up to something.

Dozier update: told LAD still very much in it. Here’s the new wrinkle: STL very much in it, + Nats & Giants remain in dialogue.

In a surprise development, Cardinals are reportedly “very much” involved in talks for Brian Dozier:

Happy Birthday Ozzie Smith!

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It was on this date that Ozzie Smith was born Osborne Earl Smith on December 26, 1954, in Mobile, Alabama, and moved to south central Los Angeles with his family when he was 6.

An active child, Smith enjoyed playing ball and doing flips into piles of sawdust at a local lumberyard with friends, honing the skills that would eventually dazzle fans in big-league stadiums.

Smith played baseball at Locke High School with future Hall of Famer Eddie Murray. A skinny slap-hitter, Smith was not considered a top prospect despite his defensive talents, and he accepted a partial scholarship to California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. He was selected in the fourth round of the 1977 draft by the San Diego Padres.

Smith spent one year in the minors before he was named the Padres’ starting shortstop for the 1978 season. The 23-year-old immediately established himself as an elite fielder and placed second in the National League Rookie of the Year Award voting. Before the last game of the season, a teammate convinced Smith to do a backflip on the field, beginning a tradition in which he opened and closed every season with one of his flips.

In 1980, Smith set a record for shortstops with 621 assists and won the first of 13 consecutive Gold Glove Awards for fielding excellence. However, he struggled to contribute on offense for the Padres, batting a combined .221 with no home runs from 1979-81.

Traded to the St. Louis Cardinals prior to the 1982 season, Smith became the cornerstone of a club that relied heavily on speed and defense, and helped the Cardinals win the 1982 World Series. In St. Louis “The Wizard of Oz” became one of the most popular players in baseball, a showman who earned top billing and top dollar for his fielding acrobatics. Nonetheless, he gradually made himself into a capable hitter as well

Happy Birthday Ozzie!! Well wishes from Cardinal Red Baseball!!

Ballpark Village Second Phase Approved

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The St. Louis Board of Aldermen today approved plans for a $220 million, 550,000 square foot second phase of Ballpark Village which will include the construction of a 29-story high-rise residential tower, the first new Class-A office building built in downtown St. Louis in nearly thirty years, and additional retail, restaurant and entertainment space. 

 “We are grateful for the city’s leadership on this project and are very excited to get started with the second phase of Ballpark Village,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals. “We appreciate the city’s willingness to work with us to help make our shared vision of a world-class, mixed-use neighborhood next Busch Stadium a reality.”   

“This is a great day for the city of St. Louis, our region and especially downtown St. Louis,” said 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar who sponsored Board Bill 172. “The construction of phase two will truly bring the ‘village’ to Ballpark Village, ensuring that it is a vibrant neighborhood where people live, work and play.  I’m excited to see both the construction of a high rise residential tower downtown and the first new Class-A Office building in downtown St. Louis since the late 80s.”

The second phase of Ballpark Village will complete a full build-out of Clark Street with a 29-story glass and steel residential apartment tower on the east end, and a large Class-A office building on the west end, as well as additional retail and entertainment in between, transforming Clark Street into one of the most unique city streets in all of major league sports.  The project is targeted to open in 2019.

The residential apartment tower will be a modern, 29-story, 230 foot tall, luxury high-rise apartment building at the corner of Clark and Broadway that will offer views of the Gateway Arch, the Mississippi River, the St. Louis skyline, and unobstructed views directly into Busch Stadium. 

The Class A office building at the corner of Clark and 8th Street will sit right across from the bronze statues on the NW corner of Busch Stadium, and will also include structured parking below, and street level retail and restaurants.  It will be the first “new construction” office building built in downtown St. Louis in more than a generation (Metropolitan Square opened in 1989).

Also in Phase II will be a signature two-story retail marketplace and entertainment venue overlooking the existing Busch II Field, the signature “open space” of Ballpark Village.  The marketplace will include diverse food options and other amenities to support the new office and residential tenants in the project.

“We are very fortunate to have received consistent support from St. Louis leaders,” said Chase Martin, Project Manager for Ballpark Village.  “We are looking forward to delivering on a project that will be unlike any other project in the country and undoubtedly the envy of many other communities.”

The second phase of Ballpark Village is projected to generate millions in additional tax revenue for the city of St. Louis, the St. Louis Public School District, and the state of Missouri.  Just as the first phase of Ballpark Village created more than 1,000 construction jobs and 1,700 permanent new jobs when it opened, the second phase of Ballpark Village stands to create 1,500 construction jobs and more than 1,000 permanent new jobs. 

Hundreds of fans have signed up for information about the residential units within the signature BPV² high rise building that will offer views into the ballpark.  The team is also fielding inquiries from potential office tenants interested in moving to downtown St. Louis to be within the first new class-A office building to be built in downtown St. Louis since Whitey Herzog managed the team.  

 Source: St. Louis Cardinals

Matt Adams Trade Rumors Swirl

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The reports that are coming in apparently the Cardinals are listening to other teams that are interested in Big City. I have not yet heard whats teams that are interested but I have a feeling its a AL team.

A article came out yesterday by Tim Daniels that’s worth reading…..

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reported Thursday that Adams is a “change of scenery candidate” with St. Louis likely turning to Matt Carpenter at first.

Adams is coming off an up-and-down season with the Cardinals during which he hit .249 with 16 home runs across 118 games. It marked the third time in the last four years he tallied at least 15 homers, but his career on-base percentage stands at a mundane .314.

Injuries are one thing that have held back the 28-year-old infielder at times. He’s played more than 120 games just once in four full seasons at the big-league level. The most serious issue was a torn quadriceps muscle that limited him to 60 appearances in 2015.

Andy Call of MLB.com passed along comments from Adams about being forced to accept any level of involvement after his latest injury comeback, this time a shoulder issue, back in September.

“Whatever my role is during the last part of the season, I’m willing to accept it,” Adams said. “Whatever will help this team win. If my role is to come off the bench and pinch-hit, I’m all for it. I’ve been good in the past with that.”

The question marks about his ability to make a consistent impact make him an obvious trade candidate as the Cardinals look to upgrade elsewhere.

They currently have seven infielders to fill four starting spots, with Adams, Greg Garcia and Jhonny Peralta ticketed for bench roles based on the current roster. It would make sense to seek a move that could help upgrade the bullpen or bring in a reserve outfielder.

Adams is a worthwhile buy-low target, assuming the Cardinals’ asking price is reasonable, for a team needing an upgrade at either first base or designated hitter. Moving to the American League to fill the latter role would be ideal given his injury history.

The Pennsylvania native possesses enough pop to provide between 20 and 25 home runs if he can stay healthy for 150 or more games. But that would require a starting role, something he’s not likely to hold if he sticks with the Cardinals in 2016.

 

 

 

Star Wars Night at Busch Stadium

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To celebrate the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the Cardinals are announcing details for the fifth annual Star Wars Night at Busch Stadium on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

Fans who purchase a special Star Wars Night theme ticket will receive a one-of-a-kind Star Wars themed Cardinals t-shirt.  A portion of each special ticket sold will be donated to Stand Up To Cancer.

Throughout the 7:15 p.m. matchup against the Colorado Rockies, Busch Stadium will be transformed with the sights and sounds from the movies including special scoreboard graphics and music.  Prior to the game, fans in attendance will have the opportunity to take their photo with costumed characters roaming around the stadium.

Theme tickets for the 2017 Star Wars Night are available for a variety of prices and go on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. CT at cardinals.com/starwars.  Fans must purchase the special theme ticket in order to receive the exclusive t-shirt.

                Star Wars Night is just one of the many unique personalized Theme Ticket promotions planned for the 2017 season.  A full schedule of theme events will be released in January.

Theme Tickets are customized promotions that allow a select number of fans to celebrate a common interest while enjoying access to a unique promotional item and/or exclusive pregame event.  Targeted around different occupations, organizations, communities, celebrities and more, Theme Tickets let fans enjoy the game in a whole new way.  Fans can learn more about Cardinals Theme Tickets at cardinals.com/theme.

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