St. Louis Cardinals | Regional Daily News St. Louis Cardinals 2014-10-31T12:05:24Z St. Louis Cardinals Cardinals shopping for complementary pieces The Cardinals may have some payroll flexibility this winter, but don't look for them to be a huge player in free agency. Complementary pieces -- a right-handed bat and bullpen depth -- are likely to be found once the market is set. Cardinals exercise option to bring back Lackey In what was merely a formality, the Cardinals exercised their team option on right-handed starter John Lackey for 2015. The organization's decision to retain Lackey for another season was never in question. Allen, Wills among new faces on Hall's Golden Era ballot Nine former players and one executive make up the 10-person National Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era ballot, which will be voted on Dec. 8 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Cardinals Arizona Fall League overview C.J. McElroy has yet to rise above Class A after four pro seasons, so he wasn't expecting to play in the Arizona Fall League. The Cardinals originally planned on sending fellow outfielder Charlie Tilson to the Peoria Javelinas, but he fractured a foot at the end of the regular season, creating an opportunity McElroy was thrilled to receive. Cards' Wilson gets clutch hit in Fall League win The Cardinals' Jacob Wilson came to the plate in the Fall League today with runners on first and third and a chance to complete a comeback. He didn't disappoint. Waino, Neshek headline Cards' GIBBY nominations Adam Wainwright (Starting Pitcher of the Year) and Pat Neshek (Bounceback Player, Setup Man) are both finalists for 2014 GIBBY trophies. In total, the Cards garnered 10 nominations in nine categories. Mourners pay final respects to Taveras at funeral Grief wore a diamond-stud earring, a fitted gray shirt with a black collar, two metal bracelets and one thick yellow rubber band that read "VIP: Lifestyles Resort." Cards' Tuivailala steps up in relief for first Fall League win Sam Tuivailala, the Cardinals' No. 13 prospect, struck out one batter and didn't allow a run or a hit in his one inning of work. Shocked Mozeliak, Matheny travel to visit Taveras' family A week before Oscar Taveras was to arrive in Jupiter, Fla., to begin a conditioning program that would prepare him to compete for a starting job with the Cardinals next spring, general manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny boarded a flight to the Dominican Republic, where they were to meet with a family grieving the loss of a son, a brother, a budding baseball star lost too young. Cards bench coach Aldrete moving on to A's Though it seems a trivial matter in light of the tragedy that struck the Cardinals on Sunday, the organization will soon be searching for a new bench coach after it was announced on Monday that Mike Aldrete will be leaving to take the same position with the A's. Mike Matheny statement on Oscar Taveras Cardinals manager Mike Matheny issues a statement on Oscar Taveras. Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players from's Top 100 Prospects list. World Series shaken by Taveras' passing The Giants had just won a World Series game, but there was very little celebrating going on in their clubhouse. The news of the death of Cardinals rookie Oscar Taveras wasn't even a few hours old, and Giants players, many of whom learned of it in the middle of the game, were affected. Full of promise, Taveras gone way too soon The Cardinals loved him from the moment they laid eyes on him. Oscar Taveras was just a teenager then. One scout compared him to Albert Pujols. That's part of the incomprehensible sadness in all of this, writes columnist Richard Justice. Shocking tragedy hits Cardinals again The death of Oscar Taveras on Sunday, in a car accident in the Dominican Republic, is the third death of an active player to hit the St. Louis Cardinals in the past 13 seasons. It's a burden no club, no organization should have to bear even once, never mind three times. Cardinals teammates remember Taveras In the hours following the death of Oscar Taveras, the baseball world collectively mourned the loss of the young Cardinals outfielder. Cards rookie Taveras killed in car accident Oscar Taveras, the Cardinals' vibrant top outfield prospect, and his girlfriend were killed in a Sunday afternoon car accident near his home on the Caribbean island. He was 22. Wainwright has cartilage trimmed from elbow After pitching through on-and-off right elbow discomfort this season, Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright had a piece of cartilage trimmed from the elbow on Friday. The procedure is not expected to affect his readiness for Spring Training, as Wainwright should be able to resume throwing in eight weeks, after six weeks of physical therapy. Small tweaks all the Cardinals need this offseason With a rotation coming back in full and lineup of returning position players, the Cardinals are expected to spend the next few months looking to complement rather than overhaul. General manager John Mozeliak recently described the organization's position as "opportunistic" -- the same word he used leading into the winter a year ago. Molina, Wainwright finalists to be repeat Gold Glove winners Catcher Yadier Molina and pitcher Adam Wainwright, both Gold Glove winners in the National League last season, have again been named finalists for the annual defensive award. Rawlings announced the three league finalists at each position on Thursday, and among Cardinals players, only Molina and Wainwright made the cut. Navy grad Harris finally pursuing MLB dream For five years, United States Naval Academy graduate Mitch Harris sailed around the world and watched his dreams of playing professional baseball grow even more remote than the exotic locales he visited. Now, he's back on the mound, weeks away from his 29th birthday and a level or two from the Major Leagues. Cardinals may gain Spring Training neighbors, stay in Jupiter The Cardinals appear on the verge of gaining two new spring neighbors, as the Board of County Commissioners in Palm Beach County, Fla., approved financing for the Nationals and Astros to build a Spring Training facility in the county on Tuesday. The organizations now have 90 days to select a site for the complex, which will be a close commute for the Cardinals, who share a Spring Training facility with the Marlins in Jupiter. Despite NLCS loss, Cards happy to be in 'Final Four' Based solely on the endpoint, the Cardinals essentially did as most expected them to in 2014, a year in which they entered as overwhelming favorites to repeat as National League Central champions. Cardinals prioritize upgrading bench, bullpen Describing the organization's offseason strategy as opportunistic, general manager John Mozeliak is expected to seek bullpen and bench depth this offseason while relying on returning players to fill the rotation and starting position player spots. Jay to have wrist surgery; Yadi, Waino prescribed rest Jon Jay will have his left wrist scoped on Wednesday in order to address an injury that occurred about three months ago. As for other injuries, the Cards expect Yadier Molina (left oblique strain, right thumb injury) and Adam Wainwright (right elbow discomfort) to return in spring at full strength. Regional Daily News 2014-10-31T17:05:24Z