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Major League Baseball's outgoing Commissioner, Bud Selig, will be recognized at the St. Louis Baseball Writers' Dinner next month as the recipient of the chapter's new and most prestigious honor, the Red Award. The award, named in honor of Red Schoendienst, who will begin his 70th consecutive season in a Cardinals uniform in 2015, was created to recognize someone for invaluable service to baseball.
The Cardinals announced on Thursday that they selected left-hander Marco Gonzales and outfielder Magneuris Sierra as the 2014 recipients of the Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year Awards that the organization has presented annually since 1995.
Could first base be an option for Yadier Molina to reduce his workload? What are the Cardinals' plans for Aledmys Diaz in 2015? Is the club likely to add a free-agent starter before Spring Training? Beat reporter Jenifer Langosch has answers in the Inbox.
The offseason number shuffle continues for the Cardinals, with manager Mike Matheny announcing on Wednesday that he will now wear No. 26 as a gesture to honor a late friend. In taking that number, closer Trevor Rosenthal had to choose another. Rosenthal, the club confirmed, will don No. 44.
While the Cardinals were never all that pursuant of their own free agents, the activity of the last week has all but ensured that none of the seven players to enter free agency after finishing the season in St. Louis will return. Only two -- Mark Ellis and A.J. Pierzynski -- remain unsigned, and neither has an obvious fit on the Cardinals' 2015 roster.
As Major League Baseball's annual Winter Meetings stoked the hot stove last week, winter ball action continued throughout Latin America. As usual, several top prospects took center stage.
The biggest game of Oliver Marmol's season came not in front of the 3,000 folks packed into Tri-City's Joseph L. Bruno Stadium for the short-season Class A New York-Penn League title game in early September, but rather on an unkempt lot in the high-poverty Nicaraguan town of Cristo Rey just a little more than two months later.
It wasn't all that long ago that the Cardinals found themselves under the brightest of Winter Meetings spotlights while they attempted to re-sign a franchise first baseman. The club has yet to come close to generating that sort of Winter Meetings interest since.
After a week of meeting with agents of available players who could fill the Cardinals' need to add a right-handed-hitting first baseman, the club has found a fit in Mark Reynolds.
The final day of the Winter Meetings began with the annual Rule 5 Draft. Teams were only able to make a selection if it had space on its 40-man roster.
Five of the Cardinals' eight affiliates will feature a new manager in 2015, the organization revealed while announcing its Minor League coaching staff assignments on Wednesday. The faces, however, won't be as unfamiliar as the settings.
While the Cardinals' brass appears ready to return to St. Louis with a roster unchanged during their Winter Meetings stay, the club can't say the same of its road to a third straight National League Central title, as division foes have improved mightily over the past few days.
With the Cubs' signing of Jon Lester, the 2015 version of the National League Central can safely be projected as a five-team race. The Cardinals' track record and pedigree suggest that they should still be the favorites. But every other team can offer a valid argument on behalf of its own chances.
In a 30-minute session that jumped topics and discussion points with Cardinals manager Mike Matheny on Tuesday, one theme weaved throughout: It was all about the lefties.
Though the Cardinals continue to enjoy an under-the-radar Winter Meetings visit to San Diego, it may end up that the most significant aspect of their stay will be the groundwork laid not for a future acquisition but for ensuring a future stay.
While acknowledging that Tuesday's Winter Meetings work gave him a better feel for which right-handed-hitting first baseman may be a fit for the Cardinals' roster hole, general manager John Mozeliak also shed light on some internal candidates that could potentially address the need.
General manager John Mozeliak confirmed that the Cardinals intend to allow Carlos Martinez to take a new uniform number -- 18 -- next season as a way for Martinez to honor Oscar Taveras.
The Cardinals arrived at the Winter Meetings this week in a seemingly enviable position, with the majority of their offseason work already wrapped up and their roster mostly built for 2015. It also positions the organization for an off-the-radar stay in San Diego.
For a third straight year, Major League Baseball's club public relations directors and their staffs have built a unique auction of baseball experiences to raise money for cancer research. This year the beneficiary is LUNGevity, the largest lung cancer-focused nonprofit foundation in the country.
No one was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday by the museum's Golden Era Committee. Tony Oliva and Dick Allen came the closest, each receiving 11 of 16 votes, one shy of the 75 percent needed for election.
Fans questions include Trevor Rosenthal's future as closer, whether Pat Neshek will return and how the arbitration process works.
Kyle McClellan, a member of the Cardinals' 2011 World Series championship club, announced his retirement from professional baseball through a personal Facebook post Thursday following an unsuccessful attempt to return from shoulder surgery.
St. Louis lost one of its most prominent voices Thursday, when longtime sports columnist Bryan Burwell passed away in the early morning hours after a battle with cancer. Burwell was 59.
Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com's initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense).
Five days before traveling to San Diego for the Winter Meetings, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak gathered with a handful of local media members in a Busch Stadium conference room on Wednesday to discuss recent moves made and those possibly still on the horizon.
Though the Cardinals have veteran starter John Lackey under contract for the 2015 season, general manager John Mozeliak said he plans to meet with Lackey's agent, Steve Hilliard, at next week's Winter Meetings to possibly discuss the good-faith gesture of restructuring Lackey's contract.
Nearly 11 months after general manager John Mozeliak announced that Chris Carpenter would move into a front-office role with the Cardinals, Mozeliak confirmed that Carpenter will not be returning to the organization next season.
Right-handed reliever Matt Belisle, an 11-year Major League veteran, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Cardinals, the organization announced on Tuesday. The addition further fortifies the Cardinals' bullpen, which is expected to lose 2014 contributors Pat Neshek and Jason Motte to free agency.


 



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