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  1. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  2. Chris Carpenter retires

    Nov 20, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

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    In addition to the Mike Matheny contract extension, the Cardinals press conference this afternoon spun out another news item: general manager John Mozeliak telling the public that Chris Carpenter has told the team he is retiring. This is no surprise. Carpenter didn’t pitch at all in 2013 after experiencing continued numbness in his pitching hand,…

  3. Cardinals prepared to trade young starting pitching this winter for a shortstop upgrade

    Nov 10, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT

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    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak is not being shy about his primary offseason strategy: Mozeliak made it clear to us this morning that he’d like to trade a young “starting pitcher”: for a “young controllable shortstop” XM 89 — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) November 10, 2013 There are a couple of shortstop options on the free agent…

  4. Cardinals want Chris Carpenter to take a front office role

    Nov 5, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    2013 World Series Media Day

    Chris Carpenter previously announced that he’s retiring due to injuries, but the Cardinals want the former Cy Young winner to stick around in the organization. General manager John Mozeliak told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he’s asked Carpenter to take a front office role or another role elsewhere in the organization:…

  5. Cardinals could trade Lance Lynn or Shelby Miller this offseason for a new shortstop

    Nov 3, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch speculates on a possible offseason trade: With Carlos Martinez meriting a look-see as a starter — and [Trevor] Rosenthal wanting the same — it’s increasingly likely that general manager John Mozeliak shops Lance Lynn or Shelby Miller to simultaneously create an opening while addressing a core need at…

  6. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  7. Cardinals will be back … and often

    Oct 31, 2013, 12:24 AM EDT

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    It’s going to be a somber plane ride back to St. Louis for the Cardinals following Wednesday night’s World Series ouster at Fenway Park, but these birds will be playing on big stages for years and years to come. There may not be a team in baseball that is better-poised for an extended run of…

  8. Chris Carpenter put on a batting practice show in Fenway

    Oct 23, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

    2013 World Series Media Day

    This is fun. From Joe Strauss’ latest, talking about New England native Chris Carpenter‘s return to Fenway park: There’s enough tug here for the sidelined former Cy Young Award winner to ask Matheny if he could participate in batting practice. (Carpenter only bunted during pregame work with the Jays.) Permission granted, Carpenter drove five balls…

  9. Tim McCarver tries to have fun with the “unwritten rules,” fails

    Oct 17, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

    Hunter Mahan

    The other night golfer Hunter Mahan, obviously a baseball fan, tweeted something about the unwritten rules hubbub involving Yasiel Puig: If players are so upset at Puig celebrating a triple or clutch hits then get him out. I’m tired of hearing about baseball’s unwritten rules — Hunter Mahan (@HunterMahan) October 15, 2013   That’s the…

  10. Chris Carpenter “will retire” this offseason

    Oct 13, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT

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    From Nick Cafardo’s always-information-packed Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe: Chris Carpenter’s agent, Bob LaMonte, said the righthander will retire and “may have an opportunity to work for the Cardinals organization. Chris basically came back from five career-ending surgeries. I don’t think you’ll ever see anyone do that again. He had a sixth and it was…

  11. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak “would certainly welcome” Chris Carpenter to the club’s front office

    Oct 12, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter didn’t pitch in 2013 as he was dealing with nerve issues in his right shoulder. Throughout the process of getting himself back into pitching shape, Carpenter talked like a player who planned to pitch in the Majors again, and he even attempted to get back before the end of the regular…

  12. Cardinals’ injuries taking a toll with elimination near

    Oct 6, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau, Matt Adams

    In some ways, the Cardinals are better off than most. They don’t lose much at first base with Matt Adams filling in for Allen Craig, and they’re still fine in the ninth since Trevor Rosenthal replaced the sore-shouldered Edward Mujica in the closer’s role. But the truth is that both injuries played huge roles in…

  13. Latino players vs. The Old Guard

    Oct 3, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    There’s been a lot of talk about Yasiel Puig‘s alleged hot dogging and the Dodgers jumping into the Diamondbacks’ pool. There has been a lot of talk about Brian McCann: Baseball Sheriff and the Braves’ multiple run-ins this year with players they perceived to be acting unprofessionally. Against that backdrop Jorge Arangure writes in Sports…

  14. Stop being slaves to baseball’s stupid macho orthodoxy

    Sep 26, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

    Brewers Braves Baseball

    Just to review, my take on the Braves-Brewers thing last night is that while Carlos Gomez was certainly out of line, Brian McCann and the Braves were too and that they are the ones responsible for what should have been a minor thing turning into a fight that caused punches to be thrown and a…

  15. Phillies’ downward spiral highlights cracks of riding success

    Aug 21, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    This is about the Philadelphia Phillies, but let’s start with the Chiefs. I have always been fascinated by the Kansas City Chiefs of the 1970s. You probably know that the Chiefs of the late 1960s and early 1970s were among the best teams in football. They played in Super Bowl I, and they won Super…

  16. Chris Carpenter “not very optimistic” about pitching this year

    Aug 6, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter experienced a setback in his rehab last week when the numbness in his hand returned and yesterday the Cardinals right-hander told Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com that he’s “not very optimistic” about pitching this season. And if that happens he will have thrown all of 31 innings for the Cardinals over the span of…

  17. Chris Carpenter experiences setback in his rehab

    Jul 23, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter has chosen to stop his rehab at least for a little while. Per Derrick Goold on Twitter, Carpenter called it, “[taking] a step back” after experiencing creeping numbness in his hand.  He will be examined by doctors tonight while the Cardinals open up a three-game series at home against the Phillies.…

  18. Chris Carpenter: “It wasn’t what I was looking for”

    Jul 21, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

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    Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter allowed four earned runs on nine hits and two walks over 3 1/3 innings on Saturday evening with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. It was his second minor league rehab start and he looked even worse than he did in his rough debut last week at Double-A Springfield. Carpenter spoke to reporters…

  19. Chris Carpenter begins rehab assignment at Double-A

    Jul 16, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    AP Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter took a big step yesterday in his recovery from thoracic outlet syndrome, making his first minor-league rehab start at Double-A. Carpenter threw 2.2 innings in his first game action since last year, striking out five and walking two while allowing three runs on six hits. In terms of numbers it wasn’t an impressive…

  20. Chris Carpenter scheduled to begin rehab assignment on Monday with Double-A Springfield

    Jul 10, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

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    As first reported Wednesday evening by Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, veteran right-hander Chris Carpenter has been cleared to start a minor league rehab assignment on Monday with the Cardinals’ Double-A affiliate in Springfield, Missouri. Carpenter threw over 100 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium and reported no…

  21. Shaun Marcum is done for the season

    Jul 9, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

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    Shaun Marcum‘s time with the Mets is likely over. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the right-hander has been shut down for the remainder of the 2013 season because of lingering pain and numbness that extends from his upper back and neck down to the finger tips on his pitching hand. He has thoracic outlet…

  22. Chris Carpenter encouraged after 106-pitch bullpen session

    Jul 5, 2013, 11:40 PM EDT

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    Via MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch: #STLCards Chris Carpenter estimates he threw 106 pitches in bullpen session Friday. Really encouraged afterward. Likely to face hitters soon — Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) July 5, 2013 Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter has been sidelined all season due to thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder, the same injury that kept him…

  23. Chris Carpenter felt “real good” after bullpen session

    May 30, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter had shoulder soreness after throwing last week, but the Cardinals right-hander got back on the mound for 25-30 pitches yesterday and reported feeling “real good” following the bullpen session. Carpenter indicated to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com that he’s taking things slow in his recovery from shoulder surgery because he’s wary of suffering a…

  24. Cardinals calling up top prospect Michael Wacha

    May 28, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Making official what was expected, the Cardinals announced that they will call up top prospect Michael Wacha to start Thursday against the Royals. Wacha was the 19th overall pick in last year’s draft out of Texas A&M and has been incredibly good in the minors with a 1.71 ERA and 74/19 K/BB ratio in 74…

  25. Chris Carpenter felt discomfort in latest throwing session

    May 25, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter, recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder, felt soreness after his latest throwing session, reports Jenifer Langosch. Langosch clarifies that Carpenter didn’t feel pain, so the Cardinals won’t shut him down. Rather, they will have him long toss and throw bullpen sessions instead of facing live batters. Carpenter only…

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