Cards Plan to Extend Contract to Goldschmidt

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Cardinals believe they have a sense of what it would take to extend recently acquired first baseman Paul Goldschmidt as well as the ability to make a “strong, market-right offer” to the slugger. A five-year extension offer from the team “would look something like five-years, $150 million,” per Goold, who suggests that it’s possible that the Cards could tweak an offer to technically be for six years and subsequently include a bump in Goldschmidt’s 2019 salary. All of that, of course, depends on how comfortable Goldschmidt is in betting on himself, how strongly he wants to test free agency and how he takes to his new environs in St. Louis. And, it should also be emphasized, it does not appear that any formal offer has been made at this point. The suggested terms would align closely with the $151MM extension signed by Jose Altuve in Houston last offseason, although Altuve’s new contract begins in his age-30 season, while any deal extending St. Louis’ control of the already 31-year-old Goldschmidt would begin in his age-32 campaign.

Source> Steve Adams

Cardinals Plan to Sign Pena

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The Cardinals have agreed to a minor league contract to bring catcher Francisco Pena back to the organization, tweets Mark Saxon of The Athletic. Although Pena won’t be immediately added to the 40-man roster, Saxon suggests that Pena is being re-signed to serve as Yadier Molina’s backup in 2019.
Pena, 29, logged a career-high 142 plate appearances with the Cardinals in 2018 while Molina missed time due to injury, though he hit just .203/.239/.271 in that time. He’s generally turned in strong pitch-framing marks and caught-stealing percentages throughout the upper minors, but Pena struggled at the Major League level in both regards this past season — particularly when it came to controlling the running game (1-for-15 in throwing out base thieves).
Pena has demonstrated some power at the Triple-A level, where he’s a career .252/.296/.452 hitter with 59 home runs in 1376 plate appearances. For the Cards, it’s possible that they find a more experienced option at a palatable rate as the offseason progresses, but it seems that for the time being, the plan will be for Pena to function as the backup in place of the recently traded Carson Kelly.
Eventually, it stands to reason that well-regarded catching prospect Andrew Knizner will surface in the Majors as a backup to Molina. With Kelly traded, Knizner is now the heir-apparent to Molina, who is signed through the 2020 season. However, Knizner is entering just his age 24 season and has only 61 plate appearances at the Triple-A level, so the Cards understandably will get him some more minor league development time before giving him his first look in the Majors.

Source: Steve Adams

Cardinals Rule 5 Draft Results

 

This afternoon the Cardinals picked Alberto Triunfel-shortstop from the Angels and John Fasola RHP from the Rangers. I am not too impressed with Triunfel, his plate discipline is poor and his foot speed needs improvement.  In regards to Fasola he is a minor league relief pitcher who has been pitching for AA Frisco this season, will miss the rest of 2018 after tearing his ACL and spraining his knee in a collision at home plate earlier this week. Fasola had been working his way back from April, 2017, Tommy John surgery which cost him all of 2017. This is bad news for the 26 year old Fasola, who was a 31st round draft pick of the Rangers in 2014. Fasola had put himself on the map as a legitimate righthanded reliever prospect prior to his surgery, and in 2018 had a 4.05 ERA in 28.2 IP for Frisco, with 27 Ks against 11 walks and no home runs allowed, prior to this injury.Fasola is Rule 5 eligible after this season, and would have been in consideration for a September callup if he had finished the season strong. Instead, he will be rehabbing his knee, and likely will not be added to the 40 man roster this offseason.

Alberto Triunfel Scouting Report:

Pull-happy, very aggressive at the plate and looking to hack almost exclusively to his pull side; never saw him go up the middle or out the other way over an entire series in Visalia. Big leg kick for leverage, but weight change leaves him susceptible to over-extending, leaning out in front; above-average bat speed, decently quick hands create some torque that works for a little bit of gap power to his pull side, but never saw him hit one ball the other way. Poor plate coverage and plate discipline; will chase. Visalia had the book on him and played him to shift accordingly; no adjustments to hit against it, kept rolling over ground balls without much authority … Either lacks great foot speed or lacked real effort in my late May look; just 4.38 and 4.42 out of the RHH box there, but I question his motivation running through close plays; 4.76 and 4.77 on two turns at first base; question effort/hustle and make up from seeing lackadaisical attitude to running through close plays; need to see him for a more extended time to really make a final judgment call on that … Defensively is where Alberto Triunfel makes his money. Pretty solid at shortstop, but probably destined for utility/bench/platoon life that’ll see him move all over. Good first step; reads well on balls off the bat. Quick particularly to his backhand side; showed exceptional range deep in the hole. Arm is OK; works fine at short, throws well on the run, probably not quite enough strength for a big league everyday gig in the six-hole, but not far off it. Undersized/underweight; some durability questions playing a premium position there, perhaps. Saw him against younger/less-experienced competition in my look here; he needs to be going up older, more experienced guys. Glove-first as far as carrying tools go, but ultimately, Alberto Triunfel’s eventual ceiling will be dictated at least in part by how much his bat develops. For me, I can’t see him hitting enough in the show to reach a 50 FV; I’ll slap a 45 FV ceiling on him here for that reason, with maybe a more likely 40 (or org depth) within reach…….Bobby DeMuro

Cardinals Make a Trade for Robinson

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The Rangers have acquired third baseman Patrick Wisdom from the Cardinals for infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson, according to an announcement from Texas. Additionally, the Rangers have hired former major league right-hander Brandon McCarthy as special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels.
Wisdom, 27, was a first-round pick of the Cardinals in 2012, though he didn’t reach the majors until last season. He impressed over a small sample of work, hitting .260/.362/.520 with four home runs in 58 plate appearances. In Texas, the former well-regarded prospect may have an opportunity to receive quite a bit of work at third base, as the club lost Adrian Beltre to retirement and may trade Jurickson Profar this offseason. That wouldn’t have been the case in St. Louis, which boasts Matt Carpenter as its starting third baseman and has quality depth in the form of Jedd Gyorko (if he’s not dealt), Yairo Munoz and now Robinson.
The 26-year-old Robinson will give the Cardinals the lefty-hitting utility player they’d been seeking, having garnered big league experience at second, third, shortstop and all three outfield positions. Robinson hasn’t hit much, however, with a .204/.301/.366 slash and nine HRs in 246 trips to the plate. He did rake at the Triple-A level last season, though.

Connor Byrne

Cardinals Claim Ryan Meisinger

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The Cardinals have claimed righty reliever Ryan Meisinger off waivers from the Orioles, the Baltimore club announced.
Meisinger, 24, cracked the bigs last year for the first time and surrendered six long balls in 21 innings. Still, he has turned in some intriguing numbers at times in the minors. Last year, for instance, he worked to a 3.13 ERA in 46 innings in the upper minors, with 10.8 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9.

Fastball/Slider reliever, high ¾ release and an arm stab that keeps the ball hidden adds deception. FB 92-94, arm-side run when he is sharp. Average SL, 82-84, throws it a lot, can command it at times. He started the season looking good, he had above average command, run on the FB. As the season progressed he started falling off more and more to the 1B side due to an unbalanced landing position, this seemed to kill the movement on his fastball and negatively affected his command. He kept getting people out, but he stopped missing bats. Middle relief profile.

Lee Smith Voted Into Hall of Fame

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I am so happy to announce that Lee Smith has finally been voted into The Class of 2019 Hall of Fame.  Lee Arthur Smith spent 1990 to 1993 as the Cardinals reliever and amassed 206 Saves with the Cardinals.  He also been in three All-Star Games  1991-93 with the Cardinals but been in seven All-Star Games in his eighteen tear career. His overall saves total is 478.  Lee Smith is third in most all time saves.  I still remember the 1991 Cardinals season. I recall going to many games watching Ozzie Smith, Rex Hudler, Ray Lankford and Todd Zeile  but it was Lee Smith throwing fire striking out our opponents. What a fun season but it all came to an end in 1993 when we traded him to the Yankees for Rich Batchelor……Joe McBrayer

In a vote of the Hall’s Today’s Game Era committee, Smith was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday along with Harold Baines. Both players received at least 12 votes from a 16-person panel that met Sunday at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on the first day of the winter meetings. Smith was a unanimous selection.

Smith retired with 478 saves, and only two players in history have had more — Trevor Hoffman, who was inducted to the Hall this past summer, and Mariano Rivera, who is eligible for election this winter. He spent four seasons with the Cardinals and until Jason Isringhausen came along more than 10 years later, Smith’s 160 saves for the Cardinals was the franchise record.

The committee that elected both players Sunday included Hall of Fame managers Tony La Russa and Joe Torre, both of whom managed the Cardinals, and Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith, a teammate of Lee Smith’s in St. Louis. The modern eyes on the committee may have helped both players who are products of the modern game: a pitcher specialized for the end of games and a player who rarely needed a glove.
Smith and Baines are the first members of the Hall’s Class of 2019. The other members will be revealed later in January after voting is complete from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America……..Derrick Goold

Cardinals Ready for Winter Meetings

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With the Winter Meetings on the verge of beginning, Goold has the latest on where the 2019-minded Cards could attempt to upgrade next:
While the Cardinals have been connected to outfielder Bryce Harper, arguably the best free agent available, Goold hears their interest may hinge on the length of his next contract. If Harper’s desired length on his forthcoming deal drops to fewer than 10 years, St. Louis would be more inclined to get seriously involved, Goold indicates.
With left-handed relief help high on the Cards’ list, they “remain engaged” on free agents Zach Britton and Andrew Miller, Goold reports. And though Mozeliak has expressed confidence in flamethrower Jordan Hicks’ potential to serve as the Cardinals’ primary closer in 2019, the team could offer the ninth inning to Britton or Miller, Goold writes. Both the 30-year-old Britton and Miller, 33, come with plenty of game-ending experience, having combined for 195 saves. MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes, Steve Adams and Jeff Todd forecast both hurlers to sign three-year deals in the $30MM range.
The Cardinals are also seeking a lefty-swinging utility infielder, which could lead to a reunion with ex-Redbird Daniel Descalso. The club has had talks with Descalso’s agent, according to Goold. A third-round pick of the Cardinals in 2007, Descalso played for the team from 2010-14, during which he was part of its most recent World Series winner (2011). The 32-year-old generally hasn’t been much of an offensive threat during his career, but he found another gear last season in Arizona, where he hit far more line drives and fly balls and far fewer grounders. The changes helped Descalso bat an above-average .238/.353/.436 (111 wRC+) with career highs in home runs (13), walk rate (15.1 percent) and isolated power (.198).

Source: Connor Byrne

Carddinals Winter Warm Up 2019

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Autograph tickets for the 23rd annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up will go on sale Monday, December 10 at 12:00 p.m. CT at cardinals.com/WWU and the Busch Stadium Box Office. A Winter Warm-Up admission ticket is required to obtain autographs at the event.
The 2019 Winter Warm-Up event will be held January 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. Newly signed first baseman, Paul Goldshmidt, as well as returning members of the St. Louis Cardinals, including Yadier Molina, Carlos Martínez, Matt Carpenter, Adam Wainwright, Miles Mikolas, Harrison Bader, Paul DeJong, Kolten Wong, Jack Flaherty, Jordan Hicks, Michael Wacha, Jedd Gyorko, José Martínez, Tyler O’Neill, John Brebbia, John Gant, Austin Gomber, Dominic Leone, Mike Mayers, Yairo Muñoz, Chasen Shreve, and Tyler Webb are scheduled to appear at the event. Top prospects Alex Reyes, Dakota Hudson, Adolis García, Andrew Knizner, Daniel Ponce de Leon, Patrick Wisdom, Ryan Helsley, Max Schrock, Lane Thomas, and Justin Williams are also scheduled to attend along with Manager Mike Shildt and First Base Coach Stubby Clapp. In total, more than 50 players, coaches and alumni will be on hand for the event. Autograph schedule is subject to change.
“We are thrilled to be celebrating the 23rd year of Winter Warm-Up to launch the 2019 baseball season,” said Michael Hall, Executive Director of Cardinals Care and Vice President of Community Relations. “The autograph sessions are the perfect opportunity for fans to meet their favorite past, present and future Cardinals players all while helping kids in our community.”
Player autograph sessions are one of the most popular attractions of the Warm-Up. While some autograph tickets are available to obtain for free, other autograph tickets require a specific additional donation. Every dollar donated for autograph tickets—as well as all proceeds from the Winter Warm-Up weekend—will benefit Redbird Rookies and charitable grants to other non-profit organizations that help kids.
A limited supply of free autograph tickets will be available online and at the Busch Stadium Box Office on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans can obtain up to two free autograph tickets per signee and up to five free autograph tickets per transaction. A full list and schedule of free autograph signing dates can be found at cardinals.com/WWU.
All autograph tickets will be sold online through Thursday, January 17 at 12:00 p.m. CT. Remaining autograph tickets not sold online will be available at the Winter Warm-Up. Those who order their autograph tickets online by noon on January 10 will receive their tickets in the mail. Fans who order after January 10 can pick up their autograph tickets at the Busch Stadium Box Office during regular box office hours or at the Ticket Booth and autograph ticket kiosks at the Winter Warm-Up. Autograph tickets are the sole responsibility of the ticket purchaser and cannot be reissued, reprinted or refunded. Free autograph tickets are not for resale.
For complete up-to-date details about autograph dates, signing times, donation amounts and frequently asked questions, or to purchase admission or autograph tickets, visit cardinals.com/WWU.

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Molina to have Knee Surgery

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Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will undergo a minor clean-up surgery on his knee next week, according to reports first brought to light by Primera Hora, which cited Molina’s agent Melvin Roman.
The reports did not specify which knee will be operated on, but Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed to St. Louis Baseball Weekly that Molina will undergo a “very small procedure” that shouldn’t sideline the nine-time All-Star for anything more than a few days. The team fully expects Molina to be ready by Spring Training.
To public knowledge, Molina hasn’t previously dealt with anything in his knees beyond some soreness in 2013. The backstop claimed his ninth Rawlings Gold Glove Award this offseason after spending 1,017 2/3 innings behind the plate for St. Louis in ’18. Molina’s bat remained potent, too, as he hit 20 home runs while compiling a .750 OPS.
St. Louis traded Minor League catcher Carson Kelly — long seen as Molina’s heir apparent — this past week in a trade that netted the team superstar first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, further signaling the Cardinals’ belief in Molina in the next handful of years.

Source: Matt Kelly

The Cardinals Struck Gold..Paul Goldschmidt

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It finally happened the Cardinals traded Carson Kelly, Andy Young and Luke Weaver for the bat they needed…..Paul Goldschmidt.

The Cards landed Goldschmidt without losing anyone they were counting on for 2019. Kelly, who was ranked the No. 46 overall prospect by MLB.com before last season, figured to be a possible heir to Yadier Molina. But Molina’s age-35 season looked more than enough like the ones that came before it—a .750 OPS, 120 starts behind the plate—to trust him to carry the load in 2019. As for Weaver, whom the Cards picked No. 27 overall in 2014, it’s hard to know whether he can hold down a rotation spot on a playoff contender. He finished last year in the bullpen, thanks to the 4.66 ERA he posted as a starter, and he had been surpassed by fellow 2014 first-rounder Jack Flaherty and fourth-round lefty Austin Gomber. Young, meanwhile, spent his 2018 split between High-A and Double-A; St. Louis was unlikely to call on him as more than a bench part next year.

If the Cardinals can manage to sign Goldschmidt long-term, the prospect price they paid will seem trivial. And if they can’t, and the team struggles, well, they’ll presumably be able to replace Weaver, Kelly, and Young by trading Goldschmidt this summer. Right now, it’s hard not to think of St. Louis as having every bit as viable a shot at the NL Central title as the Cubs and Brewers do. This was a good day in Bird Land .next year.

Source: Jack Dickey