Cardinals Make Roster Moves

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I am so happy to announce that Tyler O’Neill, Matt Wieters , and Mike Mayers has been added to Opening Day Roster. I always had a strong feeling from the beginning of Spring Training he would make the team.

Here is more from Cardinals Beat Writer Jennifer Langosch…..

With a series of roster moves made Friday morning, the Cardinals inched closer to finalizing their Opening Day roster.
Among those earning spots on it were catcher Matt Wieters, who will back up Yadier Molina, and power-hitting outfielder Tyler O’Neill. Reliever Mike Mayers has also been named to his first Opening Day roster in a decision that nudged lefty Chasen Shreve off.
The Cards designated Shreve for assignment and plan to fill their seventh (and final) bullpen slot closer to Opening Day on Thursday. Right-hander John Brebbia and lefty Tyler Webb stand as the leading candidates to claim it.
The addition of Wieters also leaves Francisco Pena in limbo with only two days remaining before St. Louis departs Florida. He will remain a non-roster invitee in camp, but he can request his release to take a job elsewhere if he doesn’t want to report to Triple-A Memphis.

Pena’s agent will spend the next few days gathering intel on whether another club is interested in the 29-year-old catcher.
Pena arrived in camp earmarked to be Molina’s backup for a second straight season, but he found unexpected competition in Wieters, who signed a Minor League deal with the club on February 27. Wieters went 3-for-24 with one extra-base hit and nine strikeouts after getting a late start in Grapefruit League play. His inclusion on the roster gives the Cardinals an experienced second catcher and a switch-hitter off the bench.
“He came in, did a nice job,” manager Mike Shildt said. “[We’re] excited to have him, excited to have his experience, his presence and his ability. He’s taken good at-bats this spring. He looks healthy. He’s feeling good. He’s fit in seamlessly. He’s a real pro. He’s been a nice addition to the clubhouse.”
Wieters joins a bench that will also include O’Neill, who has blasted a team-high five home runs in a team-high 55 spring at-bats. Eight of his 10 total hits have gone for extra bases.

“Tyler had to come and earn it,” Shildt said. “Spring Training is about getting ready for the season. It’s also showing what you can do, and Tyler has more than demonstrated that he has the skill set to help us win games and earn a spot.”
O’Neill and Jose Martinez will serve as extra outfielders for the Cards. O’Neill brings the versatility to play all three outfield positions.
Three candidates — Jedd Gyorko, Yairo Muñoz and Drew Robinson — remain for the final two bench jobs. Gyorko’s health is still a question mark, as he hasn’t appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 3 due to a right calf injury. He was scheduled to take a few at-bats in a Minor League setting on Friday and will continue to work on the back fields early next week. Gyorko has been cleared for moderate-intensity running.
By Wednesday, the Cardinals will have to decide if Gyorko is ready to begin the year on the active roster.
“We want him to be able to be ready to play a full game and do all the things that he would expect to do in a full season and not feel compromised at the moment and not be compromised moving forward,” Shildt said. “It’ll be a constant evaluation.”
If Gyorko were to start the season on the injured list, both Munoz and Robinson would open the year with the big league team.
The other roster unknown is in the bullpen. Mayers has been told that he will begin the year in St. Louis’ bullpen, along with Andrew Miller, Jordan Hicks, Dominic Leone, Alex Reyes and John Gant. If the Cardinals were to carry Brebbia, as well, that would leave Shildt only one lefty (Miller) in his bullpen.
Shreve had been projected to be another, but his so-so spring left him on the outside. He was scored upon in four of his eight outings and allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in his most recent appearance on Thursday.
The Cards can try to trade Shreve or place him on waivers within the next week. If he were to clear waivers, Shreve — who joined the club as a midseason acquisition last year — could be outrighted to Triple-A. The more likely scenario is that he’ll be claimed by another team.
“Chasen has done everything we’ve asked him to,” Shildt said. “He’s fit in wonderfully. It came down to, really, the fact that we’re carrying seven in our bullpen.”
Worth noting
• The Cardinals have four players who are confirmed to be starting on the 10-day injured list: right-hander Carlos Martinez, righty Luke Gregerson, left-hander Brett Cecil and outfielder Justin Williams.
• The club has not determined whether Matt Carpenter (back tightness) will appear in another Grapefruit League game. If he does, it won’t be until Sunday. Carpenter’s last appearance came on March 15.
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Goldschmidt Nearing Extension Deal

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Well at first I thought Goldschmidt would of been signed by the Cardinals after the 2019, it looks like I am wrong. This is a very smart move by the Cardinals organization. The six-time All-Star has generally been a model of consistency at the plate, and he has shown little sign of declining. Even if Goldschmidt’s performance starts slipping a bit, he should more than justify St. Louis’ investment.

This deal will l come in at “around $130MM,” per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (via Twitter). That’s on top of Goldschmidt’s existing deal, it seems, which would indicate he’ll now be under contract through the 2024 season.
As Goold notes, if Goldschmidt passes his physical, this will become the largest deal in Cardinals history.

Here is the rest of the story……

The Cardinals are closing in on an extension with first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). It’s expected to cover “at least” five years and $110MM, though precise details on the structure and guarantee are not yet known. In particular, it’s not evident whether his existing contract ($14.5MM for the 2019 season) is included in the tally.
No matter the details on the price point, it seems the Cards are going to accomplish what they set out to do when they acquired Goldschmidt earlier this winter. The club made no secret of its desire to hammer out a long-term arrangement with its new first bagger. Indeed, achieving exclusive negotiating rights likely helped motivate the St. Louis organization to part with starter Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, minor league infielder Andy Young and a Competitive Balance Round B selection to land Goldy in the first place.
Getting the deal done now means that both the Cardinals and Goldschmidt (along with his representatives at Excel Sports Management) need not think about alternatives next winter. It surely would have been interesting to see how the star performed on the open market. It’s hardly an optimal time for a defensively limited slugger to reach the open market. The Chris Davis deal (seven years, $161MM) is scarcely three years old, but seems a relic in retrospect. We’ve seen a steady reduction in earning expectations for such players in recent years. Still, significant money has still been there for the very best players. J.D. Martinez took down $110MM over five years despite profiling as a DH. Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnacion each commanded $20MM annual salaries over three-year terms. And first bagger Eric Hosmer — a much younger but lighter-hitting first baseman — went for eight years and $144MM.
There’s an argument to be made that Goldschmidt could have earned more on the open market. He’d have faced little competition at the top of the first base market outside of the older Jose Abreu, though there are a few notable other players available next winter. But it’s frankly difficult to argue with the decision to sign onto this contract, particularly with another year of health and performance risk still separating Goldschmidt from free agency. The Cards obviously were quite fond of their new acquisition — and, perhaps, felt no small amount of pressure to get something done. It’s no small achievement in this climate for a first baseman to secure a $26MM AAV over a five-year term that begins in his age-32 season.
Goldschmidt, of course, is no ordinary first baseman. Comparing him to his peers at first base, in fact, isn’t quite the right scope. Over the past three years — that is, not including his personal-best 2015 campaign — Goldy has been among the dozen top position players by measure of fWAR. He’s in a dead heat with Freddie Freeman and Joey Votto in that regard. Now, he’ll join that pair of star performers in securing a large and lengthy contract extension.

 

Source: Jeff Todd

Run Joe Run…Cancer, My Dad and 70s Cardinals

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It has been about twenty months since being diagnosed with Stage Four Colon Cancer. I am now at the point in which most of the cancer is gone. I now live with cancer that will remain with me but controlled through chemo. I have found my peace of mind and comfort from memories of my dad and 1970s Cardinals baseball.

My dad Mac McBrayer loved sports, his roots started from playing stick ball with his brothers in the dusty fields of Texas. When World War II was over he left Texas to be with my mom Mitzie in St. Louis where they married and lived their lives. He was a true Cardinal Baseball Fan but would not give up his Dallas Cowboys for the Cardinals Football team. I always remember my dad telling me that the most exciting part of his life was when  his nephew Charlie James signed with the Cardinals.

My earliest memory of my Dad and the Cardinals was when he would work outside pulling weeds or cleaning up the yard, he would have KMOX on  listening to the Cardinals game. I would sit on the porch and play with my toys while I heard names like, Ted Simmons, Jose Cruz, Bob Gibson and Joe Torre. I was fascinated by the commentary of Jack Buck and Mike Shannon but when the games where televised I became all eyes and ears. The towering homeruns from Reggie  Smith , the stolen bases by Brock, the defensive skills of Kenny Reitz and The Mad Hungarian’s intensity was inspiring to me.

I don’t recall my first Cardinal Baseball game but I can still visualize me and my dad way up behind home plate taking in a Cardinals game. I can close my eyes and see him cracking open peanuts from the shell and drinking Cocoa-Cola. The peanut shells would be all over the concrete floor and he looked so happy being there with me. I remember dad showing me the right way in cracking open a peanut. I would get it right or make a big mess but my mind was on Keith Hernandez’s at bat.

As a pre-teen my dad eventually signed me up for youth baseball. I was interested in the catchers position since I was a Ted Simmons fan. It took me a while to develop the skills but I recall the coaches seeing potential in me. The weapon of choice was my Joe Torre bat. I recall my dad and one of the coaches working with my hitting skills. It paid off for me. It was a hot sunny day I remember my mom and dad watching the game but I would never look over to see them. I was up at bat waiting for a high fast ball for me to crank. The pitch was in my zone and I swung my Joe Torre bat like Thor’s hammer. The ball flew into the sunlight in which I couldn’t see where it was going or if it was caught, all I can hear is Run, Joe, Run!!!! Well I have no idea if it was a home run or if our team won or not what was important to me was that I touched home plate. I also got big hugs from mom and dad plus a look from mom, she had broke her glasses when she jumped up from her seat when I hit that ball. It was then I kept my George Hendrick baseball card on my night stand.

My memories are important to me. I believe it helps the healing process.

I can proudly say I have finally got to meet Ted Simmons, Lou Brock, Joe Torre, and Al Habrosky.

Run Joe Run

Cardinals Sign Flaherty

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The Cardinals announced Saturday that they’ve renewed the contracts of pitchers Jack Flaherty and Jordan Hicks for the 2019 season.

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty throws to a Kansas City Royals batter in the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
The team also said it has agreed to terms and signed one-year contracts for the 2019 season with 20 players.

Among the team’s 0 to 3 Major League service time players agreeing to terms were
Pitchers:

John Brebbia
Génesis Cabrera
Giovanny Gallegos
John Gant
Austin Gomber
Ryan Helsley
Dakota Hudson
Mike Mayers
Daniel Ponce de Leon
Alex Reyes
Tyler Webb

nfielders:
Yairo Muñoz
Drew Robinson
Edmundo Sosa
Ramŏn Urías
Outfielders:
Harrison Bader
Adolís García
Tyler O’Neill
Lane Thomas
Justin Williams

Source: KMOV-Staff