Martinez hones 1B skills in Venezuelan League

Knizner among Cards' prospects to thrive in Arizona Fall League action

Martinez hones 1B skills in Venezuelan League

ST. LOUIS -- For more than a decade, Jose Martinez has returned to Venezuela in the offseason and represented his hometown club in the Venezuelan Winter League. He continued that practice this year, though this time Martinez returned with a full season of big league experience under his belt.

He also returned with a specific to-do list in mind.

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Cardinals add four players to 40-man roster

Cardinals add four players to 40-man roster

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals added three of their top 18 prospects -- outfielder Tyler O'Neill (No. 4), left-hander Austin Gomber (No. 15) and outfielder Oscar Mercado (No. 18) -- as well as right-hander Derian Gonzalez to the 40-man roster on Monday in order to protect all four from being exposed in next month's Rule 5 Draft. Clubs had until 7 p.m. CT to protect Rule 5-eligible players.

With the moves, the Cardinals now have one opening remaining on their 40-man roster. The Cardinals cleared the necessary roster space for these additions earlier this month with a series of moves, including the release of Trevor Rosenthal .

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Carpenter, Rolen highlight Cards on HOF ballot

Isringhausen also joins Walker, Moyer as former Cardinals among possible selections

Carpenter, Rolen highlight Cards on HOF ballot

ST. LOUIS -- A Cy Young Award winner, the franchise's all-time saves leader and an eight-time Gold Glove Award winner are among the former Cardinals to land on the 2018 National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. All three -- Chris Carpenter, Jason Isringhausen and Scott Rolen -- were also members of the organization's 2006 World Series championship team.

The Hall of Fame ballot, which was released on Monday, features five former Cardinals in all. Larry Walker, who played the final two seasons of his 17-year career in St. Louis, is eligible for the eighth year. Jamie Moyer, who made eight appearances with the Cardinals in 1991, is a first-year candidate like Carpenter, Isringhausen and Rolen.

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Cards among clubs to make offer for Stanton

Cards among clubs to make offer for Stanton

The market for Giancarlo Stanton continues to heat up, as the Giants appear to be emerging as favorites to land the National League Most Valuable Player Award winner, a source tells MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal first reported that the Giants have submitted an offer to the Marlins, and that proposals are expected soon from the Red Sox and Dodgers, if they have not come in already. The Cardinals have also made an offer, and although San Francisco appears to have the edge, St. Louis "may still be a factor," in the running for Stanton Feinsand reports.

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Jon Paul Morosi is a reporter for MLB.com and MLB Network. He has also covered baseball for FOX Sports, the Detroit Free Press, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. Follow him on Twitter at @benweinrib. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Cards' Knizner among AFL's breakout prospects

Cards' Knizner among AFL's breakout prospects

With the completion of the Arizona Fall League season on Saturday comes a run of "AFL in review" type stories. Last week, Mike Rosenbaum weighed in with 10 players who stood out to him during his time there. Later this week, Jim Callis will have an AFL top prospects list and MLBPipeline.com will also have an all-AFL team to peruse.

While those later stories will shine a deserving light on the top prospects around the league, every year there are players who might not be at the top of prospect lists, but who use the Fall League as a bit of a coming out party. These are players who can be considered breakout prospects, with the usual caveat about small sample sizes.

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Cards could use OF depth to address needs

St. Louis has 7 outfielders on 40-man roster, plus 4 who could be ready for bigs in 2018

Cards could use OF depth to address needs

ST. LOUIS -- Outside attention may be focused on the potential additions the Cardinals are pursuing, but the organization is also weighing what subtractions will be necessary to clear a cluttered roster.

Nowhere is that more necessary than within the outfield, which is teeming with ready players and not enough available spots. General manager Michael Girsch acknowledged this week that "it's highly likely that we move an outfielder." It may not be just one, either.

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Lynn rejects qualifying offer, becomes FA

Lynn rejects qualifying offer, becomes FA

ST. LOUIS -- As expected, right-handed starter Lance Lynn declined the qualifying offer the Cardinals made last week and will continue to explore his options as a first-time free agent.

Lynn was one of nine players across Major League Baseball to whom a qualifying offer was extended. None of those nine accepted the one-year deal, which would have been worth $17.4 million. If any had, it would have been binding.

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Cards have the trade pieces to make a splash

Organization could deal pitching prospects for high-profile bat, reliever

Cards have the trade pieces to make a splash

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Cardinals have an abundance of the most coveted commodity in baseball: young, talented starting pitchers.

Judging by the team's trade discussions at this week's General Managers Meetings, the Cardinals won't be shy about moving one -- or perhaps more -- in order to acquire the right outfield and bullpen upgrades.

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Cards get Competitive Balance pick in '18 Draft

Cards get Competitive Balance pick in '18 Draft

With the conclusion of the 2017 regular season, the preliminary order for the 2018 Draft took some shape, thanks to the reverse order of the standings. The Tigers and Giants finished tied with the worst record in the Major Leagues last season, but Detroit was awarded the No. 1 pick in the 2018 Draft by virtue of having a lower winning percentage in 2016.

After the Tigers and Giants, the next eight picks go to the Phillies, White Sox, Reds, Mets, Padres, Braves, A's and Pirates.

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DeJong is runner-up in NL ROY voting

Cards shortstop clubbed 25 homers in 108 games

DeJong is runner-up in NL ROY voting

It took a historic season for the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger to deny Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong in the race for the National League Rookie of the Year Award.

DeJong finished second to Los Angeles' Bellinger, who garnered all 30 first-place votes en route to winning the award from the Baseball Writers' Association of America. DeJong pulled in 15 second-place votes and 11 third-place votes while tallying 56 points.

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Cards consider moving Fowler out of center

Cards consider moving Fowler out of center

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak recently traveled to Las Vegas to meet with Dexter Fowler and discuss the possibility of the veteran making the switch from center field to a corner spot in 2018, according to a report by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Mozeliak reportedly wanted connect with Fowler in person to let him know the club has no intention to trade him, but also to make sure he understood the direction the team is heading in trying to improve its defense.

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Cards prefer established closer to anchor 'pen

Duke, Oh, Nicasio, Rosenthal are not expected to return in 2018

Cards prefer established closer to anchor 'pen

ST. LOUIS -- As soon as Trevor Rosenthal walked off the Fenway Park mound, his elbow aching after an abbreviated August appearance, the Cardinals found themselves thrust into a market that they hadn't necessarily anticipated wading into this winter.

To rebuild the bullpen, they're having to start from the back.

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Cards said to be in market for top-tier starters

Darvish, Arrieta reportedly on club's list this offseason

Cards said to be in market for top-tier starters

With every intention of contending in 2018 and snapping a two-year postseason drought, the Cardinals are reportedly in the market for a frontline starter -- including free agents Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman. However, the Cardinals will first seek trades for starting pitchers before pursuing any moves in the free-agent market.

Darvish and Arrieta are the top starters on the market, and will likely command lucrative long-term deals, which is why president of baseball operations John Mozeliak may be tempted to fill the club's voids via trade. Such options may include the Rays' Jake Odorizzi or Chris Archer, though Tampa Bay doesn't have a high interest in dealing the latter, per Heyman. The trade market is suspected to be thin at the position this offseason.

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Beltran retires a champ after 20-year career

9-time All-Star wants to spend more time with family, manage some day

Beltran retires a champ after 20-year career

Carlos Beltran's last official act as a Major League player was hoisting the World Series trophy for the first time in his career.

And although the 40-year-old is riding off into the sunset as a champion, the Astros' championship was not a factor in his decision to walk away from the game he loves.

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Wainwright wins first Silver Slugger Award

Right-hander batted .462 with RISP in 2017

Wainwright wins first Silver Slugger Award

ST. LOUIS -- Amid all the accolades and recognition Adam Wainwright has garnered in his career for his work from the mound, the 36-year-old righty never stopped boasting about his bat. Winning a National League Silver Slugger Award, he has said for years, was something he had long coveted.

Now, the honor is finally his.

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Knizner, Alcantara battery impresses in AFL

Knizner, Alcantara battery impresses in AFL

PEORIA, Ariz. -- A pair of Cardinals prospects stole the show in the Arizona Fall League on Friday night as right-hander Sandy Alcantara and catcher Andrew Knizner paced Surprise on the mound and at the plate, respectively, in an 11-5 win over the Javelinas at Peoria Sports Complex.

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Inbox: How will Maddux impact pitching staff?

Inbox: How will Maddux impact pitching staff?

ST. LOUIS -- With the Hot Stove season now simmering, let's take a dive into another batch of reader questions. Keep in mind that I will be publishing these Inbox features regularly throughout the offseason, so feel free to submit questions as news develops and the Cardinals' roster begins to take shape.

With the hiring of Mike Maddux, how do you see his influence on the pitching staff in 2018? What qualities does he bring to the team that Derek Lilliquist didn't?
-- Morris W., Pleasant Grove, Ala.

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The HRs that led Waino to a Silver Slugger

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The HRs that led Waino to a Silver Slugger

The Silver Slugger winners were announced on Thursday night, and while there was a new champion among pitchers, it was a very familiar name. Adam Wainwright just finished his 12th season in the big leagues, and although he had been an All-Star, a National League Cy Young Award runner-up and a World Series champion, he had never won a Silver Slugger.

In 2017, however, Wainwright took his offensive game to new heights with a .262/.279/.452 batting line that led to a career-best .731 OPS. Along the way, he pounded a pair of homers, making him just one of five pitchers to record at least two on the season.

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Could Cards land Stanton? Let's explore how

Could Cards land Stanton? Let's explore how

ST. LOUIS -- He may not be a free agent, but there is little doubt that you'll hear the name Giancarlo Stanton often in the coming weeks. The possibility that the Marlins could make the 28-year-old slugger, coming off a career-best season, available via trade no doubt will be enticing to numerous clubs.

That includes the Cardinals, who reportedly first expressed interest in pursuing a deal with the Marlins over the summer. It's impossible to handicap the chances of the Cards pulling off such a trade this offseason, but it isn't too early to explore some of the questions and concerns in play.

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Molina's Gold Glove Award bid falls short

Molina's Gold Glove Award bid falls short

ST. LOUIS -- He has set a gold standard behind the plate for more than a decade, but Yadier Molina won't grow the hardware collection that proves it this year.

After having a run of eight consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Awards upended by Buster Posey last fall, Molina fell short of reclaiming the honor on Tuesday. Instead, the award went to Cincinnati's Tucker Barnhart, who beat out Molina and Posey to become a first-time winner.

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Carpenter sends regards to Halladay family

Former Blue Jays, Cardinals pitcher was close with former teammate

Carpenter sends regards to Halladay family

ST. LOUIS -- Former Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter, like many in the Major League Baseball community, extended his condolences to the family of Roy Halladay, who died in a plane crash off the coast of Florida on Tuesday. Halladay, an eight-time All-Star during his 16-year MLB career, was 40 years old.

"I love him and Brandy, and I am so sad for her and the kids," Carpenter said in a statement he released through the Cardinals. "We grew up together [and] went through good and bad times together. He was an amazing pitcher, competitor, teammate and friend. I have so many memories with him and his family. I will miss him."

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Cardinals release former closer Rosenthal

RHP expected to miss most of 2018 after TJ surgery

Cardinals release former closer Rosenthal

ST. LOUIS -- In addition to continuing his rehab from elbow surgery, Trevor Rosenthal is now looking for a new home. The Cardinals announced on Monday that they granted Rosenthal his unconditional release.

The transaction not only frees a spot on the Cardinals' 40-man roster, but it will also preclude the club from having to pay Rosenthal while he is sidelined next year. The 27-year-old former closer is expected to miss the majority of the 2018 season while recovering from the Tommy John procedure he had in August.

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Simmons on Hall of Fame's Modern Era ballot

Garvey, John, Mattingly, Miller, Morris, Murphy, Parker, Simmons, Tiant, Trammell to be considered

Simmons on Hall of Fame's Modern Era ballot

The Modern Baseball Era Committee, which is charged with the process of electing players into the National Baseball Hall of Fame through the Veterans Committee process, announced 10 candidates for election on Monday.

The candidates include nine players whose careers spanned a good chunk of the era from 1970-87, plus the late Marvin Miller, the MLB Players Association leader who put an indelible stamp on the game.

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Cards have needs as free agency opens

Front office may look to replace Lynn, upgrade offense

Cards have needs as free agency opens

ST. LOUIS -- The end of the World Series ushered in the start of the Hot Stove season, which, for non-playoff clubs like the Cardinals, has been eagerly anticipated. The Cardinals aren't likely to address all of their roster deficiencies via free agency, but with that market officially opening for business Monday, here's a refresher on where the Cardinals' needs lie as they begin exploring possible fits:

Free agents: LHP Zach Duke, RHP Lance Lynn, RHP Juan Nicasio, RHP Seung Hwan Oh

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Alcantara hits triple digits in Fall Stars turn

Right-hander only hurler to hit triple digits in AFL's marquee event

Alcantara hits triple digits in Fall Stars turn

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game is known as one of the final stops for top prospects before they reach Majors. Many of the game's alumni -- including Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, and Corey Seager -- have gone on to become superstars at the highest level.

On Saturday night, Sandy Alcantara reached that same stepping stone, and he put on a show. The Cardinals No. 9 prospect was the only pitcher to hit triple digits in the contest, averaging 98 mph on his 13 fastballs and striking out two in two scoreless frames as his West division team fell to the East, 4-2 in the 12th edition of the AFL's marquee event.

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Cards' 3 questions to answer this offseason

Cards' 3 questions to answer this offseason

ST. LOUIS -- After a month spent rebuilding the coaching staff and preparing for the offseason ahead, the Cardinals are now ready to begin actively pursuing the player upgrades they feel are needed to return to the postseason in 2018.

With Hot Stove season now simmering, let's take a look at some of the key decisions ahead for an organization coming off an 83-win year:

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Cardinals prospects propel Surprise to victory

Cardinals prospects propel Surprise to victory

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Cardinals prospects made a strong impression in the Arizona Fall League on Friday as outfielder Oscar Mercado, third baseman Edmundo Sosa and catcher Andrew Knizner led the Surprise Saguaros to a 4-1 win over the Salt River Rafters.

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