Dodgers acquire Peralta from Rays in four-player trade | dodgers.com. The Dodgers new front office continue to make good moves this off season. Bad news for the Cards. The Dodgers are turning into a team right before our eyes. They seem to understand what the Yankees do not. You can buy a playoff team pretty easily. However, it won’t win the World Series. Yeah, I realize the Yankees did it once. Statistical anomaly. The Dodgers are not going away any time soon.
St. Louis Cardinals Trade for Ty Kelly, Add Him to 40-Man Roster – Arch Authority – A St. Louis Sports Site – Cardinals, Rams, Blues, and more!
St. Louis Cardinals Trade for Ty Kelly, Add Him to 40-Man Roster – Arch Authority – A St. Louis Sports Site – Cardinals, Rams, Blues, and more!. This is a classic Mozeliak cover your bet move. Ty Kelly is a utility player. However, primarily plays 2B and 3B. This is a move to finally have someone on the bench that can cover Carpenter. Of course, all these minor moves by Mozeliak will only work if Matheny makes an effort to find playing time for all these players. Something that he refused to do last year.
Pirates face decisions on protecting prospects | pirates.com. Pirates have already lost Martin, which is a big deal, for that pitching staff. Liriano wants 4 years @ 12 million per, with the Pirates unlikely to do that much money. Now the Pirates may not have enough room on their 40 man roster, in order to protect all the minor league talent. Lesson for Cardinal fans. Be thankful for a good ownership group.
St. Louis Cardinals Top Prospect Countdown: Prospects 16-20 | CardinalsFarm. I really hope Petrick and Petree get a shot at the big club in 2015.
St. Louis Cardinals join pursuit of free agent pitcher Jon Lester – MLB – SI.com. Two weeks ago, I stated that there was no way that the the Cards would be in on Heyward, due to the fact that Heyward would be a free agent after 2015 and would command a 100 million plus deal. So, for what it is worth, no way the Cards will sign Lester. It is just to rich for the club. For what it is worth.
I think this is more than a Rule 5 move. I believe the Cards are ready to move on from Cruz and will take the first opportunity to do so.
You could see this coming. Cardinals will have a new bench for 2015. About time. Best of luck to Shane. Hope you find a place to stick for a while.
Dodgers continue to make good moves this off season. Not good for the Cards. If you are going to trade one or two of your major league outfielders you need depth in the minors. Smart.
Originally posted on Dodger Insider:
Two weeks after the acquisition of infielder Ryan Jackson, the Dodgers have picked up outfielder/first baseman Kyle Jensen from the Miami Marlins in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.
The 26-year-old Jensen had a .331 on-base percentage, .481 slugging percentage, 27 homers and 29 doubles for Triple-A New Orleans in 2014. A right-handed hitter, Jensen has 128 homers in 705 games, mostly playing right and left field.
The Dodgers’ 40-man roster now stands at 37.
— Jon Weisman
Mueller played 11 years in the majors. Only has 2 years as a hitting coach. One year with the Dodgers and last year with the Cubs. Mueller was a special assistant to the Dodgers GM through the 2012 season. Mueller spent the 2013 season as a scout for the Dodgers. It will be interesting to see if Muellar can put some power back into the Cards line-up.
Originally posted on HardballTalk:
Tacking on to an already busy day of acquiring Jason Heyward in a blockbuster trade, the Cardinals have hired Bill Mueller as their new assistant hitting coach.
Mueller resigned as the Cubs’ hitting coach in early October after one season on the job at least in part because he was unhappy with the firing of his assistant hitting coach, Mike Brumley.
It’s possible Mueller wouldn’t have stuck around in Chicago once the manager switch was made from Rick Renteria to Joe Maddon anyway. And now he’ll get to work with Heyward and a previously very good lineup that struggled in 2014.
Cardinals trade Miller and Jenkins to the Braves for Heyward and Walden. Let’ go crazy folks. Everyone will be pontificating about this deal for the next 12 months. Make no mistake about it, this a brilliant trade for the 2015 season. It makes the Cardinals serious contenders to be in the mix for the World Series for 2015 and that is the problem.
This is a very bold move when you consider that Heyward will be a free agent after next year and Stanton just signed for 325 million. Heyward’s WAR numbers are comparable to Stanton’s. Heyward does it with defense 40% of his WAR are defensive metrics and that is a very high percentage of the total. Of course, Stanton got the cash for his offensive numbers and Heyward only hit 11 homers last year. Yet, it is not far-fetched to say that Heyward will come out as a 150 million plus player as a free agent. Heyward is only 25 years old. The bidding will start at 7 years and most likely end at a 10 year deal. If the Cardinals can’t sign Heyward then you just gave up 2 starting pitchers for a one year rental. That is a very high price to pay.