Jaime Garcia's injury-plagued tenure with the Cardinals has come to an end, as St. Louis dealt the lefty starter to the Braves on Thursday for a trio of young players. In return, the Cardinals landed right-handers John Gant and Chris Ellis and second baseman Luke Dykstra.
The Cardinals struck quickly this Hot Stove season with the November signing of reliever Brett Cecil. Their work retooling a roster that wasn't strong enough to extend the organization's string of postseason appearances in 2016, however, is far from over.
Members of the Cardinals' 1967 World Series championship team, as well as top performers from last year's club, are slated to be honored at the 59th annual St. Louis Baseball Writers Dinner on Jan. 15, 2017.
The Arizona Fall League always is loaded with talent, and it was stronger than usual in 2016. In the initial installment of MLBPipeline.com's "The Next Big Leaguers," which premieres Tuesday, we focused on five prospects: Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, Twins shortstop Nick Gordon, Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada and Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres.
Through the offseason's initial weeks, the Dodgers and Giants were viewed as driving the market for third basemen. Now we know another National League contender is involved, as the Cardinals have shown interest in free-agent third baseman Justin Turner, sources told MLB.com.
Dr. George Paletta Jr., who served as the Cardinals' medical director and head team physician from 1998-2013, will return as the organization's head orthopedic physician in '17, the Cardinals announced on Tuesday.
Having already secured his desired relief help with the pre-Thanksgiving signing of lefty Brett Cecil, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak can now fully turn his attention toward addressing St. Louis' other pressing offseason need -- finding another outfielder.
Yadier Molina will represent Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, his agent, Melvin Roman, confirmed to MLB.com and MLB Network's Jon Morosi on Monday. Molina has participated in each of the three previous WBC events.
The Today's Game Era ballot for induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame will be voted upon this Sunday at the Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Md. Five former Major League players, three executives and two managers will be considered, and the results of the voting will be announced live on MLB Network's "MLB Tonight" at 6 p.m. ET.
A week after designating Brayan Pena for assignment in order to create roster space for newly signed reliever Brett Cecil, the Cardinals granted the veteran catcher his unconditional release on Monday. The move immediately drops Pena into the free-agent pool.
Tickets for the Cardinals' 21st annual Winter Warm-Up, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch from Jan. 14-16, are now available for purchase for $40 for fans 16 and older. Each ticket grants admission for all three days of the event.
Is this the start of a Cubs dynasty? Not if the Cardinals can prevent it. Given how a young team ran away from the competition in the National League Central last season, it sure looks like the Cubs could be on top for years. But don't forget who they have to beat en route to hanging up more banners at Wrigley Field. Here's a five-step plan to put St. Louis back on top:
Though the Cardinals fell short in their efforts to advance to the postseason for a sixth straight season, it was another banner year off the field in 2016 as the Cardinals made an impact on the St. Louis community.
When their 2016 campaign ended, the Cardinals didn't expect to make a big bullpen move this offseason. They certainly didn't plan to be players in the market for closers like Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen or Mark Melancon. But there was GM John Mozeliak at Busch Stadium on Monday, presenting a four-year contract -- and a No. 21 Cardinals jersey -- to a reliever. The Cards officially announced the signing of left-hander Brett Cecil, turning the loss of lefty Zach Duke into an opportunity to add an experienced, versatile arm.
On a team laden with veteran leaders, he was the unofficial captain. In a lineup loaded with superstars, he was the man they wanted at the plate in the biggest situations. Edgar Renteria was rarely one of baseball's most heralded players, but for the bulk of his 16 seasons in the big leagues, he was one of the game's best. Five times an All-Star, twice a World Series champion, Renteria is now on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.
Many players had what could be considered breakout AFL campaigns. Here's a group of 10 of the best. There might be some crossover with the Top 20 prospects list coming on Tuesday, but it's largely a group of names everyone should get to know a bit better based on how they played this fall.
The big names on the Hall of Fame ballot can obscure some of the others who are eligible for the first time. While it's likely that none of them will wind up in Cooperstown they still have accomplishments that are worth celebrating.
What are the chances the Cardinals try to make a run at a frontline starter like Chris Sale? What are the plans for top prospect Alex Reyes? Beat reporter Jenifer Langosch answers those questions and more in the latest Inbox.
Free-agent closers Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon are expected to easily break the record Jonathan Papelbon set when he signed a five-year, $50 million deal in 2011. But the guys in front of them are going to have some nice paydays as well, especially in an offseason in which the free-agent starting pitcher class is thin. That's one of the larger lessons of what the Cardinals did on Saturday amid reports they'd agreed to a four-year, $30.5 million deal with free-agent left-hander Brett Cecil.
With Glendale's playoff chances hanging in the balance, Austin Gomber came through with his best Arizona Fall League start as the Desert Dogs recorded their second straight shutout with a 10-0 rout of Mesa at Sloan Park on Wednesday.
This year, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak is using this November gathering of key front-office officials and player agents to kick-start the organization's efforts to retool a club that missed the postseason for the first time since 2010. That work is highlighted by the pursuit of an outfielder.