Tyler O’Neill and Tyler Webb Called Up


The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have recalled rookie outfielder Tyler O’Neill and left-handed reliever Tyler Webb from Memphis (AAA). The team also announced that right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez (right shoulder strain) has been placed on the 10-day disabled list.
O’Neill, who is batting .311 with 26 home runs (1st in Pacific Coast League) and 61 RBI at Memphis, appeared in 19 games with the Cardinals earlier this season, hitting three home runs.
Webb made his Cardinals debut on Sunday night with 2.0 scoreless innings of relief against Chicago. He’s appeared in 14 career games between the New York Yankees, Milwaukee, San Diego and St. Louis.
O’Neill wears uniform no. 41 and Webb wears no. 30.





Pham Traded to the Rays


The St. Louis Cardinals announced this morning a four-player trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, acquiring outfielder Justin Williams, left-handed pitcher Genesis Cabrera and right-handed pitcher Roel Ramirez in exchange for outfielder Tommy Pham and International Cap Space.
Williams, 22, is a left-handed hitting outfielder who was batting .258 with 8 home runs and 46 RBI for the Durham Bulls (AAA), where earlier this season he was named an International League All-Star. The 6-2, 215 pound Williams hails from Houma, Louisiana. Williams, a former 2nd round draft pick by Arizona (52nd overall) in 2013, made his Major League debut earlier this month.
Cabrera, 21, has fashioned a 7-6 mark with a 4.12 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) for Montgomery of the Southern League (AA), striking out 124 batters in 113.2 innings pitched while limiting the opposition to .218 batting mark. The 6-1, 170-pound native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic was named to the Southern League All-Star team last month.
Ramirez, 23, was 3-1 with a 3.32 ERA in 26 games as a reliever for the Montgomery Biscuits, fanning 46 batters in 40.2 innings. The 6-1, 210-pound Ramirez is from Laredo, Texas.
Pham, 30, a member of the Cardinals organization since being drafted in 2006, was batting .248 this season with 14 home runs and 41 RBI.

Shreve added to Roster &Martinez off DL

The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s series opener with Colorado that they have activated right-handed pitcher Carlos Martínez (right oblique strain) from the 10-day disabled list and added newly-acquired left-handed reliever Chasen Shreve to the team’s 25-man active roster.
The team also announced today that right-handed pitcher Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement) has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 26, and the option of left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb to Memphis following last night’s game.
Martinez (6-6, 3.39) is slated to make tonight’s start for St. Louis. He last pitched on July 19 at Chicago.
Shreve, acquired late Saturday night from the New York Yankees along with right-handed reliever Giovanny Gallegos, brings a 2-2 mark, one save, and a 4.26 ERA in 40 games pitched to the Redbirds. Shreve has been assigned uniform no. 40.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

Luke Voit Traded Yankees


I was just getting ready to go to bed and got a ping on my phone, when looking at the message it said Luke Voit traded. So what is going on?

MLBTradeRumors Connor Byrne….

The Yankees have acquired first baseman Luke Voit and international signing bonus pool money from the Cardinals for relievers Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos, per an announcement from New York.
The 27-year-old Voit joins Tyler Austin as the second right-handed-hitting first baseman at the Triple-A level for the Yankees. Voit, who has a minor league option remaining, has racked up 137 major late appearances since 2017 (just 13 this year) and batted .240/.307/.432 with five home runs. He has been far better as a member of Triple-A Memphis this year, with which he has hit .299/.391/.500 with nine homers in 271 PAs. It’s unclear whether Voit will get a big league shot immediately with the Yankees, though they could arguably use some offensive help after losing superstar slugger Aaron Judge to the disabled list Friday.
The most proven major leaguer in this swap is Shreve, whom the Yankees deemed redundant after adding fellow lefty Zach Britton to an already loaded bullpen earlier this week. Shreve, 28, saw extensive action with the Yankees in each season from 2015-18 and combined for a 3.88 ERA/4.89 FIP with 10.42 K/9, 4.56 BB/9 and a 43.7 percent groundball rate over 173 2/3 innings. He has posted similar numbers through 38 frames this year, with a 4.26 ERA/4.98 FIP, 10.89 K/9, 4.26 BB/9 and a 46.7 percent grounder rate. The long ball has haunted Shreve this season, as he has allowed homers on 23.5 percent on fly balls, and has given up an unappealing .240/.356/.551 line to left-handed hitters. Nevertheless, the Cardinals seem to be banking on a turnaround from the out-of-options Shreve as they radically reconstruct their bullpen. The additions of Shreve and Gallegos are the latest moves to make over a relief unit that said goodbye to relievers Greg Holland, Sam Tuivailala and Tyler Lyons on Friday.

Cardinals Still Interested in Archer


Archer would be a awesome addition to the Cardinals rotation. With injuries to most of the pitching staff Archer would be a good addition to keep us afloat. The Cardinals better put up a pretty good offer with the Dodgers and Yankees showing a lot of interest in Archer too.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch adds that the Cardinals “remain interested” in Archer, noting that the club attempted to deal for the 29-year-old just this past winter. Goold’s sources tell him that the Cards believe they can line up a “competitive offer”. It’s no surprise that St. Louis would be checking in on all available options to patch their injury-ravaged rotation; the club’s seen right-handers Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez succumb to oblique injuries and can’t know what type of late-2018 contributions to expect from either at this point. Meanwhile, top prospect Alex Reyes, who was expected to play a big role in the club’s plans this year, suffered a season-ending lat injury at the tail end of May. Adam Wainwright continues to be injury-prone and can’t be counted on for any type of meaningful production. The club is currently placing its playoff hopes on the resurgent Miles Mikolas and a cast of rookies including Jack Flaherty, Luke Weaver and John Gant.
To be fair, it’s not clear whether Archer is truly worth the price of an “ace”. The right-hander has posted ERAs north of four in each of the past two seasons and currently sports a six-year high figure of 4.31. While it’s true that his FIP (3.62) suggests quite a bit of bad luck has been involved, the same can also be said of each of his previous three seasons- Archer has a reputation as a pitcher whose results consistently fail to keep up with his peripherals. Still, it’s easy to imagine him catching fire and putting together an impressive second-half run, a possibility which plenty of contenders would like to take a chance on.

2018 Contract Status: Signed thru 2019, 6 yrs/$25.5M (14-19) & 20-21 team option

Seth Elledge Scouting Report


If you didn’t know today the Cardinals traded Sam Tuivailala to the Mariners for pitching prospect Seth Elledge. Elledge, 22, was 5-1 with a 1.17 ERA and 9 saves in 31 games for Modesto (A) while being named a California League All-Star. He has been assigned to Springfield (AA).

Big, strong, physical guy who plays the part of a late-inning reliever pretty well; fairly max effort through delivery with command ahead of control, power ahead of finesse at this point. Sat 91-934with his four-seam fastball in my May look; also showed off an 89-92 two-seam, an 80-82 changeup, and a 77-80 slider. Timed him 1.56 – 1.63 to the plate with runners on base … Only saw a couple, but really lacked changeup feel in my look; far better profile as a fastball/slider guy with some ability to miss bats there, particularly against RHH. Breaking balls give hi a shot; heavy fastball helps really ride in on RHH and give him a nice matchup look there … First full pro season this summer, and his adjustment to 140 in the bullpen bears watching. Definitely a power guy with good attributes and workable size, but based on my look here, needs a little bit more velo or wipeout stuff to thrive in a high-leverage role long-term; compared to some of the Seattle Mariners’ better relief prospects (Matt Festa, Art Warren), Seth Elledge is at a tick or two behind, but on the right path and in a good organization to really develop true high-level power stuff in the back end of the bullpen.

Source:Bobby DeMuro

Cardinals Making Moves


The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s series opener with Chicago a series of roster moves, including a trade with Seattle that sent right-handed pitcher Sam Tuivailala to the Mariners in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Seth Elledge who is being assigned to Springfield (AA). Below is a listing of today’s moves:
· Acquired right-handed minor league pitcher Seth Elledge from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for righthanded pitcher Sam Tuivailala;
· Recalled right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver from Peoria (A);
· Recalled left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb from Memphis (AAA);
· Recalled right-handed pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon from Memphis (AAA);
· Purchased right-handed pitcher Dakota Hudson from Memphis (AAA);
· Designated left-handed pitcher Tyler Lyons for assignment;
· Designated right-handed pitcher Greg Holland for assignment;
· Placed left-handed pitcher Brett Cecil (right foot inflammation) on 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 23.
Hudson, 23, the Cardinals supplemental 1st round draft choice (34th player overall) in 2016 out of Mississippi State University, will be making his Major League debut with his first appearance. Hudson was 13-3 with a 2.50 ERA at Memphis in 19 starts in an all-star season that also included the MLB Futures Game during All-Star Week.
Webb, 28, a waiver claim from San Diego in late June, will be making his first appearance with St. Louis, but has appeared in a combined 13 games (13.0 IP) in relief with the Yankees, Brewers and Padres over the past two seasons. Webb was a combined 1-1 with a 2.10 ERA in 25 games at triple-A this season between El Paso and Memphis, striking out 41 in 34.1 innings pitched while walking just 12. He appeared in six games at Memphis (2.19 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 12.1 IP).
Poncedeleon, who on Monday in Cincinnati became one of just five pitchers since 1961 to throw 7.0 or more nohit innings in their Major League debut, was 9-3 with a 2.15 ERA for Memphis in 18 games (17 starts).
Elledge, 22, recently rated as the 10th best prospect in the Mariners system by Baseball America, was 5-1 with a 1.17 ERA and 9 saves in 31 games for Modesto (A), striking out 54 in 38.1 innings while being named a California League All-Star.
Hudson has been assigned uniform no. 43 and Webb no. 30. Poncedeleon wears uniform no. 62.

Source: St. Louis Cardinals

Holland DFA & Hudson Called Up

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This weekend the Cardinals will be redoing their bullpen and a possible trade? ! guess we will see. Here is the lowdown on Holland…..

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweets that Holland will be designated for assignment — not released. That may well be a moot point, as the DFA will merely give the Cardinals a week (it had been 10 days prior to the new version of the CBA) to either trade Holland or place him on outright or release waivers. Holland would be able to reject an outright assignment in favor of free agency anyhow, so if the Cards aren’t able to find a taker on the trade market — which would assuredly require them to eat the vast majority of Holland’s remaining $4.89MM salary — then it seems he’ll hit the open market regardless.

The Cardinals are expected to release right-hander Greg Holland today, reports Jon Morosi of MLB.com (Twitter links). His roster spot will go to pitching prospect Dakota Hudson, who is set to have his contract selected from Triple-A Memphis, per Morosi.
That report certainly meshes with some recent comments made by president of baseball operations on the Bernie Miklasz Show on ESPN 101, in which Mozeliak said to “expect changes” to the club’s bullpen in the near future (Twitter link). The Athletic’s Mark Saxon recently speculated that Holland would be cut loose and that Hudson would be brought up to the big league roster (Twitter link).
The Cardinals’ decision to sign Holland to a last-minute, one-year contract with a $14MM guarantee on Opening Day proved to be a catastrophic misstep for the club. Not only did St. Louis surrender a valuable selection in the 2018 draft to do so, but the Cardinals received nothing in the way of on-field value from the 2017 National League saves leader.

Holland missed all of Spring Training while waiting to find a deal he and agent Scott Boras dubbed suitable, and the Cardinals made the eyebrow-raising decision to bring him to the Majors after just two minor league appearances. Holland struggled immediately, walking four batters in his Cardinals debut on April 9. Those struggles were the first of many in 2018 for Holland, whose Cardinals tenure will come to a close with a 7.92 ERA, 22 strikeouts and 22 walks over the life of 25 innings.
As for his replacement on the roster, Hudson will come to the Cardinals having drawn considerable fanfare since being selected with the 34th overall pick in the 2016 draft. He ranked as the Cardinals’ No. 4 prospect on this week’s updated Top 30 rankings from Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, and while he falls outside that duo’s Top 100 overall prospects, Hudson is still viewed as a potential mid-rotation arm. The 23-year-old has pitched to a 2.50 ERA with 7.0 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and a hefty 57.7 percent ground-ball rate through 111 2/3 innings in Triple-A Memphis this season.
Though Hudson is being promoted to replace a reliever, it seems quite likely that the organization will deploy him as a starter. Saxon speculated before that John Gant and/or Austin Gomber could be moved to the bullpen, with Hudson stepping into a starting spot and giving the Cards a couple of months to evaluate his future. Callis and Mayo note that while Hudson has four average or better offerings, led by his fastball and his slider, he still doesn’t miss many bats. His fastball/slider combo is strong enough, though, that he could work in relief even if he doesn’t pan out as a starter, per their report.

Source: Steve Adams/MLBTradeRumors

Jack Clark’s Pine Tar Grill


I am happy to report that Ex-Cardinal Slugger Jack Clark new venture in San Francisco happens to be Pine Tar Grill that’s a Giants centric restaurant. This is not a media release but I do want to share an article the talks about the back story of Pine Tar Grill.

In 1965, Willie Mays had a .317 batting average, hit 52 home runs, won the National League MVP award, and made a 6-year-old San Rafael kid named Dave Martin fall in love with the San Francisco Giants.
“The first game I ever went to that year, I got to see Willie Mays play for the first time. I remember just watching him run across the field,“ Martin said. “The grass was so green. It looked perfect. Honestly, I was pretty much hooked after that.”
Martin is turning that childhood nostalgia into something tangible — a restaurant called Pine Tar Grill.

Martin is in the process of taking over the 4,000-square-foot space at 917 Folsom St., the former home of all-ages venue Codeword and its sister restaurant, DNA Pizza.

“I pretty much always wanted to have a place that has a theme that’s Giants memorabilia,” said the first-time restaurateur. “It’s a crazy dream, but it’s my dream.”
If the restaurant as a concept can be traced back to anything, Martin said, it would be his afternoons as a kid spent standing outside of the stadium long after the Giants finished playing. In those days, bats that were broken during the games were thrown in the garbage not far from the ballpark’s exits.
“Me and other kids, we’d wait until those bats were taken to the trash and we’d go get them,” Martin said with a laugh.
The collection grew to consist of dozens of bats over the years, all in various states of disrepair. Martin said he plans to use roughly 30 to 40 of the bats as a prominent component of the restaurant’s design. Even the name Pine

The collection grew to consist of dozens of bats over the years, all in various states of disrepair. Martin said he plans to use roughly 30 to 40 of the bats as a prominent component of the restaurant’s design. Even the name Pine Tar Grill is a reference to the sticky material players use on their bats to get a better grip.

The restaurant has a Type-47 liquor license, meaning it will also have a full bar. Aesthetically, the project is still coming together, but Martin said he plans to have 20 televisions scattered throughout the rooms. Martin added that the kitchen will serve “upscale comfort food,” though he has yet to hire a chef for the project.
Both Codeword and DNA Pizza were owned by the people behind DNA Lounge, a beloved San Francisco nightclub also in SoMa, and to keep the lounge open, they had to sacrifice the two struggling operations.

“We were feeling too spread thin,” co-owner Barry Synoground told The Chronicle last summer.
Though Martin’s sports identity is rooted in the past, he said he isn’t concerned with the tumultuous business history at 917 Folsom St. The restaurant and bar business in the Bay Area is hard for everyone, he said.
“Honestly, I should have my head examined for doing this,” he joked.
One of the more unique aspects of Pine Tar Grill is the fact that it was shaped with a little input from Giants legend Jack Clark, who Martin said is a close friend of his.

The restaurant, in its early form, was called the Pitcher’s Mound. Martin said when he told Clark about the concept and how he planned to use his collection of bats as a centerpiece of the design, Clark told him the idea was ridiculous.

“He said ‘You’re going to have used bats on the wall but call the place Pitcher’s Mound? That’s ridiculous,’” Martin said with a laugh. “Jack is really outspoken and tells the truth. He was right. So I had to tweak it.”
Eventually, the restaurant could pivot into a club of sorts for Giants fans across the city, Martin said.
“I imagine it as the kind of place where if it had opened years ago, it would have been the place where old-school sportswriters would come after the games,” he said. “That’s the environment I want. This place is from my heart. That’s all it is.”

Pine Tar Grill and Bar: 917 Folsom St.
Justin Phillips is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: jphillips@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @JustMrPhillips









Will Jose Martinez be Traded?


Thanks in large part to his defensive shortcomings, Cardinals first baseman Jose Martinez is seemingly shifting toward a part-time role. As a result, the Cardinals could trade the 29-year-old – perhaps for a left-handed reliever or lefty-hitting position player – Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes. If the Cardinals are going to deal Martinez anywhere, it’ll likely be to a team in the American League, where he’d be able to work as a designated hitter. But it doesn’t seem the Redbirds are going to trade Martinez for Orioles southpaw reliever Zach Britton, whom they’re not pursuing, according to Goold. Since debuting in earnest last year, Martinez has been a minus defender in the outfield and at first base. He has done his best to offset that with his bat, though, having slashed .303/.372/.497 with 27 home runs in 663 plate appearances.
Sticking with the Cardinals, it doesn’t appear they’re going to move out any pitchers prior to the deadline. Top starter Carlos Martinez has come up in trade speculation, though president of baseball operations John Mozeliak indicated to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com and other reporters on Thursday that the team won’t be subtracting from its staff. “For us, the one core we have is pitching,” Mozeliak said. “And to start trying to arbitrage that would have to be a very special-type deal, otherwise it would make no sense to us. None of that has presented itself to me. No one has called me with any great ideas that way. One of the responsibilities is us looking at potential trades, potential partners, but nothing that I’ve looked at would make sense in that regard. I don’t envision us moving pitching.”

Source: Connor Byrne