Cardinals punished by MLB

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This just in by Derrick Goold………..

The illegal actions of a former Cardinals executive that put him in prison will also cost the team draft picks and a punitive fine in one of the harshest penalties enforced by Major League Baseball in recent memory.

And the Houston Astros will directly benefit.

In a decision issued Monday afternoon by commissioner Rob Manfred, the Cardinals have been fined $2 million in damages — possibly the largest ever for one team — and their first two picks in the coming draft have been taken away as a result of an illegal hack into Houston’s database. The two picks, Nos. 56 and 75, will go to the Astros, as will the slot money assigned to those picks. The $2-million fine will also be paid to the Cardinals’ former division rivals.

 A year ago, Chris Correa pleaded guilty to five counts of illegal entry into the Astros’ internal database, “Ground Control.” Correa was sentenced to 46 months in prison.

The commissioner’s decision also bans Correa from returning to baseball. He has been placed on the permanently ineligible list, the same one that includes Pete Rose.

No other individual was punished in the decision.

The commissioner’s office did not find any other member of the Cardinals staff, present or former, who was a part of Correa’s actions. Though the commissioner, in his forthcoming decision, ruled that the Cardinals benefited from Correa’s actions and that the club, as a whole, was “liable for his misconduct.”

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The Cardinals have 30 days to pay the fine.

As a result of signing free-agent Dexter Fowler, the Cardinals have already given up their earliest draft pick, No. 19. Before the penalties, the Cardinals had the second-smallest draft bonus pool of the 30 teams, and Tuesday’s decision will nearly slice it in half. The Cardinals will lose the bonus allotment assigned to pick No. 56 ($1,122,400) and No. 75 ($730,800). That drops their total available bonus pool from $3,925,500 to $2,072,300. Houston’s draft pool will grow by the same amount as a result of being awarded the Cardinals picks.

The Astros filed a claim that initiated the commissioner’s investigation.

The Cardinals first pick in the draft this June now will be No. 94.

This is a developing story broken here at The Post-Dispatch and there will be further comments Tuesday afternoon from team and baseball officials. This story will be updated as necessary.

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Royals Sign Moss

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The Royals have agreed to a two-year, $12MM contract with free agent first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). The deal is pending a physical. ESPN’s Jim Bowden first reported earlier Sunday that Kansas City was nearing an agreement with Moss, an ACES client. Signing with the Royals will keep the 33-year-old Moss in Missouri, where he played the past season-plus as a member of the Cardinals. In 2016, his only full campaign in St. Louis, the powerful Moss slugged 28 home runs in 464 plate appearances and posted a .259 ISO. The latter figure ranked 13th among major leaguers with at least 450 PAs, though Moss didn’t register a particularly impress overall line (.225/.300/.484) and hit just .191/.248/.392 after the All-Star break. Moss’ second-half woes offset the red-hot .256/.344/.566 triple slash he logged in the first three-plus months of the year.

Moss also had a relatively mediocre 2015, which was thanks in part to a hip injury, but the lefty-swinger is a well-regarded clubhouse presence and a four-time 20-home run hitter who should at least give the Royals a capable bat against right-handed pitchers. Plus, Moss has typically been usable against southpaws, although they stymied him last season.

Defensively, Moss spent the lion’s share of 2016 in the corner outfield and also saw plenty of time at first base – areas where the Royals already possess everyday-caliber players. Eric Hosmer is set to occupy first again in 2017, while Alex Gordon and offseason acquisition Jorge Soler are the team’s top options in the corner outfield. Moss will likely slot in primarily at designated hitter if the deal goes through, then, as the Royals have been lacking there since Kendrys Morales signed with the Blue Jays in November.

Kansas City will be the seventh major league team for Moss, who debuted with the Red Sox in 2007 and then broke out with the Athletics in 2012. Nearly all of Moss’ big league homers (123 of 138) have come since then.

Connor Byrne, MLBTradeRumors

The State of Molina and the Pitchers

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With eighteen more days coming our way for Yadi Molina and his groups of pitchers we begin to see where the chips may fall with our pitchers and what is going on with oue favorite catcher. According to the Cardinals Beat Writer Jennifer Langosch…..

The Cardinals have promised Rosenthal that he’ll get multiple-inning appearances this spring. But with Carlos Martinez, Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Mike Leake, Alex Reyes, Michael Wacha and Luke Weaver also competing for rotation spots, Rosenthal is unlikely to dent the Opening Day rotation. The more likely scenario is that he ends up as a flexible piece in the bullpen.

Assuming Rosenthal does settle back in the bullpen, the Cards likely will enter Spring Training with only one relief spot up for grabs. The other six are projected to be filled by Matt Bowman, Jonathan Broxton, Brett Cecil, Seung Hwan Oh, Rosenthal and Kevin Siegrist. Others who could push their way into the bullpen mix include John Gant, Miguel Socolovich and Sam Tuivailala.

So what is the skinny on Yadi, well  Molina is signed through the 2017 season and holds a mutual option for 2018 with his longtime employer, the St. Louis Cardinals.

Molina, 34, wants to retire as a Cardinal, and to that end, he is wide-open to beginning discussions about another long-term contract.

“I want to stay here. Everybody knows that,” said Molina, a seven-time All-Star and eight-time recipient of the Rawlings Gold Glove award. “This year’s going to be one of the most important years of my life, my career. I’m preparing myself to do the best I can to help the team win. I’ll try to concentrate on that. The outside stuff, I can’t control right now.”

I tend to think think that Molina will be signed for a few more years and retire as a Cardinal and it is also great to hear that Molina will have more playing time. Manager Mike Matheny did say that as long as his job description is to win games, he’ll continue riding Molina hard. Molina, 34, is coming off a season in which he started a career-high 142 games behind the plate. It’s unlikely he’ll hit that figure again (only one other catcher in franchise history has), but Molina could very well notch his seventh season with 130-plus starts if he can stay healthy.

2017 Group Tickets on Sale

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Today, organized groups of 20 fans or more may begin purchasing tickets to Cardinals games for the 2017 season.  Designed for school and church groups, family or social gatherings, company outings and more, group tickets allow fans to enjoy the game in a community environment and at a discounted price.

                “No matter what type of group you have, professional or personal, Cardinals group tickets offer excellent incentives which make for a truly memorable and affordable experience,” said Justen Meyer, Manager of Group Sales.

                Groups of 20 or more receive a 20% discount on Sunday through Thursday games and a 10% discount on Friday and Saturday games in a wide variety of block seating locations throughout the stadium.  Each group also receives a custom poster to promote their group outing, a personal ribbon board message during the game and a souvenir scoreboard photo.

                A number of Group Value Games are also available for the 2017 season.  During Group Value Games, groups receive up to 50% off the dynamic gate price in select seating areas.  This year’s schedule of Group Value Games includes games against the Royals, Pirates, Blue Jays and more.

To purchase group tickets, or for more information, call 314.345.9000 or visit cardinals.com/groups.

Source:St, Louis Cardinals

2017 Cardinals Theme Tickets on Sale Now!

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Tickets for more than 30 Theme Ticket promotional dates during the 2017 season, including Star Wars Night and St. Louis Blues Night, are on sale now at cardinals.com/theme.

“Theme Tickets are a great way for baseball fans to come together and show their support for a variety of groups and interests,” said Martin Coco, Director of Ticket Sales & Marketing.  “We have an incredible lineup this season with returning favorites like Margaritaville Night and our Budweiser Bash series, which will celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the 1967 World Championship team and the 30th anniversary of the 1987 National League Championship team.  We also have some new events scheduled that promise to be very popular including Charlie Brown Night and Firefighters Appreciation Night.”

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 pre-game event.  Targeted around different occupations, organizations, communities, celebrities and more, Theme Tickets let fans enjoy the game in a whole new way.

Additional Theme Ticket events will be announced throughout the 2017 season.  A full list of 2017 Theme Ticket dates follows.  Fans can learn more about Cardinals Theme Ticket dates and purchase tickets for these events at cardinals.com/theme.

2017 Theme Nights Schedule as of January 18, 2017

 

College Night # 1

Monday, April 17 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 6:05 p.m.

Cardinals Hoodie

Local college students, faculty and staff can take a break from the books and join us for the first College Night of the season.  All fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals hoodie!

Scouts Night # 1

Tuesday, April 18 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 7:15 p.m.

Scout Patch

Scouts, their families and friends are invited to enjoy the first Scouts Night of the season at Busch Stadium.  Boy and Girl Scouts that purchase tickets will receive a Cardinals scout patch.

 

Budweiser Bash #1 – Red Schoendienst

Tuesday, April 18 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 7:15 p.m.

Red Schoendienst Bobblehead

Join the Budweiser Bash this season as we celebrate the 1967 World Championship and 1987 National League Championship teams!  All fans who purchase this special Budweiser Bash Theme Ticket will receive a Red Schoendienst Mini Bobblehead.  Fans can also purchase VIP tickets to an exclusive pre-game event with Red at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, located on Level 2.

 

Weather Day at Busch Stadium

Thursday, April 19 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 12:45 p.m.

Pre-game educational program and a voucher for hot dog, soda and chips

The ultimate field trip experience for grade school and middle school students!  Enjoy a pre-game weather presentation on the field, followed by an educational expo, lunch and the game.

 

Budweiser Bash #2 – Lou Brock

Tuesday, April 25 vs. Toronto Blue Jays – 7:15 p.m.

Lou Brock Bobblehead

Join the Budweiser Bash this season as we celebrate the 1967 World Championship and 1987 National League Championship teams!  All fans who purchase this special Budweiser Bash Theme Ticket will receive a Lou Brock Mini Bobblehead.  Fans can also purchase VIP tickets to an exclusive pre-game event with Lou at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, located on Level 2.

 

Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

Wednesday, April 26 vs. Toronto Blue Jays – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals Law Enforcement Hat

Support our brave men and women in uniform!  The St. Louis Cardinals and Major League Baseball are proud to team up with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund for our Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Busch Stadium.  Fans who purchase a special Law Enforcement Theme Ticket will receive a Cardinals Law Enforcement hat.  A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the Nationals Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Budweiser Bash #3 – Tom Pagnozzi

Tuesday, May 2 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 7:15 p.m.

Tom Pagnozzi Bobblehead

Join the Budweiser Bash this season as we celebrate the 1967 World Championship and 1987 National League Championship teams!  All fans who purchase this special Budweiser Bash Theme Ticket will receive a Tom Pagnozzi Mini Bobblehead.  Fans can also purchase VIP tickets to an exclusive pre-game event with Pagnozzi at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, located on Level 2.

 

College Night # 2

Wednesday, May 3 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals T-Shirt

Local college students, faculty and staff can take a break from the books and join us for the second College Night of the season!  All fans who purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals t-shirt!

Scouts Night # 2

Wednesday, May 3 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 7:15 p.m.

Scout Patch

Scouts, their families and friends are invited to enjoy the second Scouts Night of the season at Busch Stadium.  Boy and Girl Scouts that purchase tickets will receive a Cardinals scout patch.

 

Firefighters Appreciation Night

Wednesday, May 3 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals Firefighter T-Shirt

The Cardinals are happy to celebrate another group of men and women in uniform who keep St. Louis safe each day!  With the purchase of a special Firefighters Night Theme Ticket, fans will receive a unique Cardinals Firefighter t-shirt.

 

Budweiser Bash #4 – Bobby Tolan

Tuesday, May 16 vs. Boston Red Sox – 7:15 p.m.

Bobby Tolan Bobblehead

Join the Budweiser Bash this season as we celebrate the 1967 World Championship and 1987 National League Championship teams!  All fans who purchase this special Budweiser Bash Theme Ticket will receive a Bobby Tolan Mini Bobblehead.  Fans can also purchase VIP tickets to an exclusive pre-game event with Tolan at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, located on Level 2.

 

Zumba® Fitness Party at the Park

Sunday, May 21 vs. San Francisco Giants – 1:15 p.m.

Cardinals Tank & Pre-game Zumba® Class

Zumba® Fitness has taken the world by storm over the last decade!  Inspired by Latin and international rhythms, Zumba® Fitness mixes high and low intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning, dance fitness party.  Whether you’ve never taken a Zumba® class or consider yourself an expert, this event is sure to get you excited for Cardinals baseball.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, you’ll receive access to a pre-game Zumba® class and an exclusive Cardinals tank.

Budweiser Bash #5 – Whitey Herzog

Tuesday, May 30 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – 6:05 p.m.

Whitey Herzog Bobblehead

Join the Budweiser Bash this season as we celebrate the 1967 World Championship and 1987 National League Championship teams!  All fans who purchase this special Budweiser Bash Theme Ticket will receive a Whitey Herzog Mini Bobblehead.  Fans can also purchase VIP tickets to an exclusive pre-game event with Herzog at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, located on Level 2.

Cancer Awareness Night (Siteman Cancer Center)

Tuesday, May 30 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – 6:05 p.m.

Cancer Awareness Hat

The Cardinals and Siteman Cancer Center are teaming up to bring you Cancer Awareness Night at Busch Stadium.  Fans purchasing this special ticket will receive a Cardinals Cancer Awareness hat—the color of the “STL” logo on the front of the hat corresponds to the awareness colors of the most prevalent cancers in the St. Louis area.  A portion of each ticket sold will also be donated back to cancer research.

 

Healthcare Appreciation Night

Wednesday, May 31 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals Healthcare T-Shirt

All nurses, PA’s, physicians, x-ray techs, phlebotomists, EMTs, and more—report to Busch Stadium STAT on Wednesday, May 31 for Healthcare Appreciation Night.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Cardinals Healthcare t-shirt.

 

Peanut Controlled Day

Sunday, June 11 vs. Philadelphia Phillies – 1:15 p.m.

Ticket in a Peanut Free Section

Fans with peanut allergies can enjoy a Peanut Controlled Day featuring tickets in a peanut-free section.  This area will be thoroughly cleaned before the game and the sale and consumption of peanuts will not be allowed.

 

Budweiser Bash #6 – Scott Terry

Tuesday, June 13 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 7:15 p.m.

Scott Terry Bobblehead

Join the Budweiser Bash this season as we celebrate the 1967 World Championship and 1987 National League Championship teams!  All fans who purchase this special Budweiser Bash Theme Ticket will receive a Scott Terry Mini Bobblehead.  Fans can also purchase VIP tickets to an exclusive pre-game event with Terry at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, located on Level 2.

 

Scouts Night # 3

Thursday, June 15 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 6:15 p.m.

Scout Patch

Scouts, their families and friends are invited to enjoy the third Scouts Night of the season at Busch Stadium.  Boy and Girl Scouts that purchase tickets will receive a Cardinals scout patch.

 

Teachers Night

Thursday, June 15 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 6:15 p.m.

Cardinals Teacher T-Shirt

School’s out for summer!  Kick off the summer break at Busch Stadium on Teachers Night.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive teachers-themed Cardinals t-shirt!

 

Margaritaville Night

Friday, June 23 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals/Margaritaville T-Shirt & Pre-game Concert

Parrotheads, beach lovers and baseball fans can enjoy Jimmy Buffett tunes at a pre-game concert by The Boat Drunks.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive a Margaritaville-inspired Cardinals t-shirt.

 

Kids Day Out

Thursday, July 6 vs. Miami Marlins – 12:45 p.m.

Pre-game Kids Zone and a voucher for a hot dog, soda and chips

This is the perfect field trip for summer camps, daycares and any kids looking to have fun and catch a Cards game!  Bring them down to Busch Stadium for Kids Day Out.

Soccer Night

Monday, July 24 vs. Colorado Rockies – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals Soccer Jersey

Attention soccer fans!  The soccer games at Busch Stadium have been a blast, so join us for Soccer Night.  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, you will receive a unique St. Louis Cardinals soccer jersey.

 

Budweiser Bash #7 – Ozzie Smith

Tuesday, July 25 vs. Colorado Rockies – 7:15 p.m.

Ozzie Smith Bobblehead

Join the Budweiser Bash this season as we celebrate the 1967 World Championship and 1987 National League Championship teams!  All fans who purchase this special Budweiser Bash Theme Ticket will receive an Ozzie Smith Mini Bobblehead.  Fans can also purchase VIP tickets to an exclusive pre-game event with Ozzie at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, located on Level 2.

 

Christmas in July Night

Tuesday, July 25 vs. Colorado Rockies – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals Nutcracker

It doesn’t matter if you have been naughty or nice—all fans who purchase the Christmas in July Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals Nutcracker!  Santa Fredbird and other Christmas characters will be on hand for photos in Riverview Corner before the game.

 

Star Wars Night

Wednesday, July 26 vs. Colorado Rockies – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals/Star Wars T-Shirt

Join the fun as the ballpark is transformed with Star Wars-themed sights and sounds.  Meet your favorite Star Wars characters and fans that purchase this special Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Star Wars/Cardinals t-shirt.  A portion of each theme ticket sold will be donated to Stand Up To Cancer.It’s a night that no Jedi or Redbird will want to miss!

 

Charlie Brown and Peanuts 50th Anniversary

Thursday, July 27 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – 6:15 p.m.

Charlie Brown Bobblehead

2017 is the 50th Anniversary of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown!  With the purchase of a special Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Cardinals-themed Charlie Brown bobblehead.

 

Budweiser Bash #8 – Tom Lawless

Tuesday, August 22 vs. San Diego Padres – 7:15 p.m.

Tom Lawless Bobblehead

Join the Budweiser Bash this season as we celebrate the 1967 World Championship and 1987 National League Championship teams!  All fans who purchase this special Budweiser Bash Theme Ticket will receive a Tom Lawless Mini Bobblehead.  Fans can also purchase VIP tickets to an exclusive pre-game event with Lawless at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, located on Level 2.

 

Beatles Tribute Night

Wednesday, August 23 vs. San Diego Padres – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals/Beatles T-Shirt & Pre-game Concert

Come together for Beatles Tribute Night at Busch Stadium!  With the purchase of a special Beatles Night Theme Ticket, fans will receive an exclusive Beatles-themed Cardinals t-shirt.  Come early and enjoy pre-game concert by a Beatles cover band in Riverview Corner.

 

Budweiser Bash #9 – Willie McGee

Tuesday, September 12 vs. Cincinnati Reds – 7:15 p.m.

Willie McGee Bobblehead

Join the Budweiser Bash this season as we celebrate the 1967 World Championship and 1987 National League Championship teams!  All fans who purchase this special Budweiser Bash Theme Ticket will receive a Willie McGee Mini Bobblehead.  Fans can also purchase VIP tickets to an exclusive pre-game event with McGee at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, located on Level 2.

 

Grateful Dead Night

Wednesday, September 13 vs. Cincinnati Reds – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals/Grateful Dead T-Shirt & Pre-game Concert

Pull out the tie dye and peace signs—Grateful Dead Night is back!  All fans who purchase this special Grateful Dead Theme Ticket will receive an exclusive Cardinals/Grateful Dead t-shirt.  Fans can also enjoy a pre-game concert featuring Grateful Dead tribute band, Jake’s Leg!

 

Budweiser Bash #10 – Joe Magrane & Greg Mathews

Tuesday, September 26 vs. Chicago Cubs – 7:15 p.m.

Joe Magrane & Greg Mathews Dual Bobblehead

Join the Budweiser Bash this season as we celebrate the 1967 World Championship and 1987 National League Championship teams!  All fans who purchase this special Budweiser Bash Theme Ticket will receive a Magrane and Mathews Dual Mini Bobblehead.  Fans can also purchase VIP tickets to an exclusive pre-game event with Magrane and Mathews at the Budweiser Bowtie Bar, located on Level 2.

 

St. Louis Blues Night

Friday, September 29 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 7:15 p.m.

Cardinals/Blues Stocking Cap

Do you bleed blue?  With the purchase of your special St. Louis Blues Night Theme Ticket, you will receive an exclusive Blues and Cardinals themed stocking cap, perfect for those cold winter hockey games.  Come early for a pre-game Blues themed event at Riverview Corner featuring Louie, the Blue Crew and more.

  Source: St.Louis Cardinals

Cardinals Looking for a Bat Boy

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Received from a friend  Josh Kerivan……..

The St. Louis Cardinals are in need of some serious help in 2017.

I mean, yeah, they need a power bat and they need to figure out what’s going on at second and they could use a reliever or two. But what they REALLY need is a batboy!

The Cardinals are currently in search of a batboy to “assist the clubhouse manager with on-field and off-field duties”. You must be at least 16 years of age and currently in high school or college (college preferred) with a 3.0 GPA. And obviously you’re going to need to be available for 81 home games and (hopefully) the postseason as well. Probably a bit of a hike for kids in our area, but not entirely unreasonable I suppose.

So if you know someone that fits the bill, send them THIS LINK and tell them to get their application sent in. And as long as we’re networking here, if you know of a left-handed power hitter that can play corner outfield, go ahead and have him submit a resume too. You never know.

John Mozeliak Speaks

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Cardinals GM John Mozeliak addressed questions from fans and media during the club’s Winter Warm-Up event this weekend.  Here are some of Mozeliak’s hot stove-related comments, courtesy of Derrick Goold, Jeff Gordon and Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch…

  • After failing to reach agreements with Carlos Martinez or Michael Wacha before Friday’s arbitration filing deadline, the Cardinals won’t pursue further negotiation with either right-hander and will instead go to arbitration hearings.  Martinez asked for $4.25MM while the Cards countered with a $3.9MM offer, and Wacha filed for $3.2MM with a $2.775MM counter from St. Louis.  As Goold notes, this will be the first time the Cardinals have gone to an arbitration hearing with any player in 17 years.  Mozeliak explained that the Cards had explored using the “file-and-trial” strategy in the last couple of years before finally taking the stance during this winter’s crop of arb-eligible players.
  • Martinez and the Cardinals were discussing a multi-year extension this winter, though obviously no agreement was reached before Friday’s deadline.  The hearing “would not put a chill” on the relationship between the two sides, as Goold put it, so talks could very possibly resume during Spring Training once Martinez’s 2017 salary has been decided by the arbiter.  For his part, Martinez said (via an interpreter) that he wants to spend the rest of his career with the team.
  • St. Louis was rather surprisingly linked to Brian Dozier’s name in trade rumors last month, though later reports downplayed the Cardinals’ interest.  Mozeliak said his team’s pursuit of Dozier “was news to me.”  As Goold explains, the connection could have been due to the Cards’ discussions with teams in order to properly gauge market values, rather than an actual interest in acquiring Dozier.  “If [the Cardinals] knew what a top-tier second baseman was going to command on this pricey trade market then they also could evaluate their own players, and they could evaluate their own offers,” Goold writes.
  • Left-hander Marco Gonzales said he is feeling healthy and is hoping to begin the season in the Triple-A rotation.  Gonzales, picked 19th overall by the Cardinals in 2013, quickly reached the bigs to toss 34 2/3 innings for the club in 2014, and injuries have since derailed his progress.  Shoulder problems limited the southpaw to just one game in 2015, and Gonzales missed all of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery.

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