Anchored by their rotation a year ago, the Cardinals enter 2016 hopeful of both rebound and repeat seasons. They'll need both, too, in order to match the success of a 2015 rotation that was baseball's best.
On the heels of South Korean reliever Seung Hwan Oh signing with the Cardinals, MLB.com began an examination of the organization's decade-long journey back into the Asian market. In this final installment, MLB.com will trace the road to signing Oh and examine what that signing could mean for the organization's future in this market.
On the heels of South Korean reliever Seung Hwan Oh signing with the Cardinals, MLB.com began an examination of the organization's decade-long journey back into the Asian market. This three-part series began on Monday with a look into why the Cardinals returned to Asia and how they went about structuring their process and resources there. In this second installment, MLB.com explores the logistics of scouting talent in Asia and the near-misses that preceded Oh.
This is the fourth installment in a six-part Around the Horn series that will take a position-by-position look at the Cardinals' projected starters and backup options heading into Spring Training. After previously looking at the club's catching depth, corner infield and middle infield options, let's examine the outfield choices next.
The St. Louis Cardinals must be absolutely thrilled that some of us have already conceded the National League Central to the Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals? They're playing for second place -- or third. You can look it up.
On the heels of South Korean reliever Seung Hwan Oh signing with the Cardinals, MLB.com began an examination of the organization's decade-long journey back into the Asian market. This series, which will be presented in three stories this week, begins with a look into why the Cardinals returned to Asia and how they went about structuring their process and resources there
The Cardinals' intent all along was to end this offseason with a young right fielder in place to serve as an immediate impact piece and a long-term fit for the core. They thought it could be Jason Heyward. Now, they're excited it's Stephen Piscotty.
Despite the recent graduation of several prospects to the Majors, the Cardinals' farm system is still rich with up-and-coming talent, evidenced by the inclusion of two right-handed pitchers on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list for 2016. That list, which was unveiled during an MLB Network special on Friday, includes both 21-year-old Alex Reyes (No. 13) and 20-year-old Jack Flaherty (No. 80).
If all five projected Cardinals starters stay healthy through spring, then what becomes of the rest of the team's starting pitching depth, most notably the three young lefties Tim Cooney, Tyler Lyons and Marco Gonzales?
This is the third installment in a six-part Around the Horn series that will take a position-by-position look at the Cardinals' projected starters and backup options heading into Spring Training. After previously looking at the club's catching depth and corner infield options, let's examine the middle infield choices next.
More than two months before manager Mike Matheny will have to fill out his first regular-season lineup card of 2016, he finds himself already being lobbied for a new spot in that order. Kolten Wong, speaking at the Cardinals' Winter Warm-Up event over the weekend, petitioned for consideration as a leadoff hitter, a job that has fallen mostly to Matt Carpenter over the past three seasons.
The Cardinals have added another outfielder to their Spring Training invite list with the signing of 28-year-old Carlos Peguero to a Minor League deal Friday. The contract includes a guaranteed invitation to Major League camp.
Having already been honored at the St. Louis Baseball Writers' Dinner earlier this week for realizing his Major League dream after five years of service in the United States Navy, Mitch Harris has traveled to Boston to be honored by that city's chapter of baseball writers at their Thursday night event.
One was inevitable. The other, as the decades go by, seems more or less impossible.
When it comes to the myriad baseball feats and accomplishments of simple humanity achieved by the legendary Stan Musial, it turns out that Jan. 21 is a very special date for moments that make up "The Man."
With less than one month remaining until the team opens Spring Training, the Cardinals announced on Wednesday that they plan to bring 61 players to Major League camp. Those players will include the 39 already on the club's 40-man roster, as well as another 22 non-roster invitees, highlighted by prospects Luke Weaver, Austin Gomber and Carson Kelly.
Marco Gonzales may have even more to prove this spring than he did a year ago, when the lefty arrived at Spring Training vying for a place in the Major League rotation. Now, he has to pitch himself back into the conversation.
Whether Jason Heyward intended to spark anything with his comments that the Cubs were a more desirable destination because of their youth, that idea that the Cardinals possess an aging core has become a winter talking point, one that has fueled a long-existing rivalry -- but also those on the club who are apparently over the hill.
Carlos Martinez, who was lost from the team's rotation in late September after suffering a right shoulder injury, estimated that he is back to "90 percent" health with the Cardinals a month away from opening Spring Training.
It's a rivalry that brought us the Sandberg Game, Brock-for-Broglio and a larger-than-life home run chase; one that has shared Harry Carey and another 311 players, including, now, Jason Heyward and John Lackey. It's entertained for 123 seasons and one October, and it's featured a pull for power in central Illinois.
Four days after he joined Blues hockey chairman Tom Stillman on the ice for a ceremonial puck drop, Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III said he felt it important to show solidarity between the city's two remaining professional sports franchises.