Dec 14 2017 - Marcell Ozuna OF Marcell Ozuna was officially acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals from the Miami Marlins on Thursday in exchange for fellow outfielder Magneuris Sierra, right-handers Sandy Alcantara and Zac Gallen, and left-hander Daniel Castano. Ozuna recorded career highs in batting average (.312), home runs (37) and RBIs (124) last season. The 27-year-old owns a career .277 average with 96 home runs and 361 RBIs in five years with the Marlins.
Dec 13 2017 - Marcell Ozuna LF Marcell Ozuna was traded from the Miami Marlins to the St. Louis Cardinals, multiple outlets reported on Wednesday. It is unclear what the Marlins are receiving in return, although right-handed pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara reportedly is included in the deal, per reports. The trade, which reportedly is in place pending a physical, comes on the heels of two other big-name departures by the new Marlins regime, led by co-owner and CEO Derek Jeter.
Dec 10 2017 - Luke Gregerson RHP Luke Gregerson agreed to a two-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Gregerson, 33, spent the past three seasons with Houston, going 2-3 with a career-high 4.57 ERA in 65 relief appearances for the World Series champion Astros.Gregerson posted a career-best 31 saves in 64 appearances with the Astros in 2015. He spent his first five seasons with the San Diego Padres, making at least 72 appearances in four of them. He registered a career-low 2.12 ERA in 2014 over 72 appearances with the Oakland Athletics. In 623 career appearances, all in relief, Gregerson owns a 35-36 record with a 3.02 ERA.
Dec 5 2017 - Miles Mikolas RHP Miles Mikolas was signed to a two-year contract, the St. Louis Cardinals announced on Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed by the Cardinals, but multiple reports have Mikolas receiving between $14 million and $16 million in the contract. Mikolas, who last pitched in the majors for the Texas Rangers in 2014, has flourished with the Yomiuri Giants of the Japan Central League during the past three seasons. The 29-year-old owns a 31-13 mark with a 2.18 ERA in 62 starts during that time, including 14-8 with a 2.25 ERA in 27 starts last season. Mikolas sports a 4-6 record with a 5.32 ERA in three major league seasons with the San Diego Padres and Rangers.
Nov 1 2017 - Luke Gregerson RHP Luke Gregerson appeared in his 10th career postseason when he delivered a scoreless two-thirds of an inning in Game 6 against the Dodgers. Gregerson, appearing in his second World Series, has three saves and a 1.08 ERA lifetime in playoff games. He also has 12 strikeouts.
Oct 2 2017 - Marcell Ozuna LF Marcell Ozuna has been a bit lost in the giant shadow of Giancarlo Stanton this year. But make no mistake: Ozuna, who hit his 37th homer of the season on Sunday, has had a monster year. He has 30 doubles, two triples and 124 RBIs. His RBIs are the second most in a single season by a Marlins player, trailing only Stanton.
Oct 2 2017 - Jack Flaherty RHP Jack Flaherty coughed up four first inning runs to decide the season finale, but was at least able to bounce back with four scoreless innings after that. Flaherty allowed five hits in his five innings, walking a pair and fanning five. He was 0-2 with a 6.33 ERA in six appearances after being called up from Triple-A Memphis September 1, but could win a job with the big club with a good spring training.
Oct 2 2017 - Adam Wainwright RHP Adam Wainwright (elbow) disclosed prior to Sunday's game that he will undergo arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday. Wainwright pitched just two innings in the last six weeks of the season, spending about a month on the 10-day DL following two starts in which he barely cleared 85 mph with his fastball. He finished the year 12-5 with a 5.11 ERA in 24 games, 23 of them starts.
Oct 2 2017 - Aledmys Diaz 3B Aledmys Diaz (left hamstring strain) left Sunday's game after the second inning following his injury. Diaz tried to beat out an infield hit but came up lame just before he touched first base. He was originally called safe but the call was reversed upon a replay review. A 2016 NL All-Star at shortstop, Diaz fell off drastically this year, finishing at .260 with seven homers and 20 RBI, and spending time at Triple-A Memphis.
Oct 2 2017 - Jose Martinez 1B Jose Martinez ended the year with a streak of reaching base in 27 games, thanks to his pinch-single in the sixth inning Sunday. Martinez made his rookie year one to remember, batting .309 with 14 homers and 46 RBI in 272 at-bats and winning a starting job down the stretch. He should go into spring training as a favorite to be in the lineup every day.
Oct 1 2017 - Randal Grichuk OF Randal Grichuk played what could be his last game in a St. Louis uniform Sunday, fanning twice and launching a towering homer for the team's only run. That was a typical Grichuk performance -- two feeble outs and then a clout. He wound up the season at .238 with 22 homers and 59 RBI in 412 at-bats, whiffing 133 times, and might be on the trading block this offseason.
Sep 30 2017 - Marcell Ozuna LF Marcell Ozuna, lost in the sizable shadow of teammate Giancarlo Stanton's chase for 60 homers, is having a huge year in his own right. Ozuna is hitting .313 with 30 doubles, two triples, 36 homers, 122 RBIs and a .923 OPS. Ozuna and Stanton are the first major-league teammates to each have over 120 RBIs in the same season since 2005. In that year, the feat was accomplished by Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox and Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield of the New York Yankees. …
Sep 30 2017 - Jack Flaherty RHP Jack Flaherty will start the season finale Sunday against Milwaukee, his fifth start since getting called up from Triple-A Memphis on Aug. 31. Flaherty hasn't started since Sept. 19 at Cincinnati as the team tried to control his innings down the stretch, but he will get one more outing before the offseason. This will be his first career appearance against Milwaukee.
Sep 30 2017 - Adam Wainwright RHP Adam Wainwright (elbow) was shut down for the season on Friday, ending an up-and-down campaign. Wainwright is tied for the staff lead in wins with a 12-5 record, but also posted a 5.11 ERA and gave up more than 1.5 baserunners an inning. He pitched just two innings after Aug. 18, as his elbow prevented him from throwing fastballs past 87 mph.
Sep 30 2017 - Alex Reyes RHP Alex Reyes (right elbow) threw a bullpen session Saturday, a nice step forward for the young lad whose season ended before it got to start. Reyes needed Tommy John surgery during spring training, a big blow to his and the Cardinals' plans for 2017. He hopes to be back for 2018, which could give St. Louis a rotation anchor to go with Martinez and Weaver.
Sep 30 2017 - Carlos Martinez RHP Carlos Martinez was pulled from his scheduled start Sunday after Saturday's win as the Cardinals decided to let him rest until spring training. In his first year as the team's unofficial ace of the staff, Martinez finished 12-11 with a 3.64 ERA and set career highs for innings (205) and strikeouts (217). He also threw two shutouts and averaged almost 6 1/3 innings per start, a career high as well.
Sep 30 2017 - Luke Weaver RHP Luke Weaver experienced a second straight rough start to finish the season, leaving after allowing nine hits and six runs in 4 2/3 innings Saturday with four walks and four strikeouts. Weaver gave up 14 runs in his last 7 2/3 innings but showed signs of being a rotation anchor in the season's last six weeks as he won seven straight starts before the final week. He finished 7-2 with a 3.88 ERA.
Sep 30 2017 - Marcell Ozuna CF Marcell Ozuna and RF Giancarlo Stanton became the first duo to reach 120-plus RBI since 2005. Ozuna drove in three runs Friday to reach 122 for the season, joining Stanton, who drove in a run to improve his RBI total to 130 for the season. The duo join Red Sox pair Manny Ramirez (144) and David Ortiz (148) along with Yankees Gary Sheffield (123) and Alex Rodriguez (130) who were the last to accomplish the feat.
Sep 30 2017 - Tyler Lyons LHP Tyler Lyons (knee) was also shut down for the year by St. Louis on Friday, ending his best MLB season. Lyons became the team's best reliever for most of the last two months, appearing in 50 games and going 4-1 with a 2.83 ERA and three saves while fanning 68 batters in 54 innings. Barring an offseason trade, Lyons should fit into this team's late-inning plans in 2018.
Sep 30 2017 - Matt Carpenter INF Matt Carpenter (shoulder) was also shut down for the year on Friday, ending an up-and-down season that saw him hit a career-low .241, 43 points under his career average. But Carpenter did clout 23 homers to go along with 69 RBIs and a career-high 109 walks, the first time he has drawn more than 100. Some have suggested the team use him as trade bait, but it's unlikely they trade one of their core guys.
Sep 30 2017 - Yadier Molina C Yadier Molina (concussion protocol) was shut down for the season by the Cardinals on Friday night. Molina was struck by back-to-back foul balls in the seventh inning Monday night and hasn't been able to play since. The veteran finishes the year with a .273 average, 18 homers and a career-high 82 RBIs in the eighth All-Star year of his career.
Sep 30 2017 - Luke Weaver RHP Luke Weaver gets the call Saturday when St. Louis plays the middle game of its season-ending series with Milwaukee. Weaver is coming off his first bad start since being called up two months ago, allowing eight runs in three innings of a 10-2 loss Monday night to the Chicago Cubs. Weaver is 2-1 in four career starts against the Brewers with a 3.00 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 24 innings.
Sep 30 2017 - John Gant RHP John Gant pitched decently for five innings Friday night but gave up two runs after he left the game in the sixth and took the loss. Gant was charged with seven hits and four runs in five-plus innings, walking three and fanning three. He was able to induce nine outs via grounders, getting two double play balls that shortened innings.
Sep 29 2017 - Yadier Molina C Yadier Molina is still going through concussion protocol and it is not known if he will be cleared to play during the final three games of the regular season. He was injured Monday night when he was hit in the facemasks by consecutive foul tips.
Sep 29 2017 - Kolten Wong 2B Kolten Wong missed his third consecutive game because of a sore back. He tried to take batting practice before Thursday night's game but was still experiencing pain when he tried to swing. He has been limited to 16 games this month because of the back problem.