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  • Tres Barrera Signs Minor-League Deal With Cardinals

    Free-agent catcher Tres Barrera signed a minor-league deal with the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, according to a source. Barrera has spent three major-league seasons with the Washington Nationals, slashing .231/.317/.315 with a .631 OPS, two home runs, 14 RBI and 10 runs scored in 162 plate appearances over 51 games. In 19 games last year, he went 9-for-50 with no homers, four RBI and 16 strikeouts at the plate. The 28-year-old will most likely begin the 2023 campaign in the minors for the Cardinals as catching depth behind Willson Contreras, Andrew Knizner and Ivan Herrera.

    Jan 20 · Source via Cardinals Tres Barrera
  • Jordan Walker Set To Compete For Opening Day Spot

    St. Louis Cardinals third base prospect Jordan Walker will be given every opportunity to compete for an Opening Day spot this season. Walker, 20, has been a consensus top-10 prospect and has light tower power. With his bat clearly ready to make an impact, Walker will have his first legit chance to show why he has been so highly regarded. Despite being brought up as a third baseman, Walker will be competing for the right field job against Lars Nootbaar with Nolan Arenado securing the hot corner. In Double-A Springfield last season, Walker hit a healthy .306 with 19 dingers and 68 RBI. The 6'5 prospect remains one of the top young hitters in the league and his time could be arriving sooner than expected. Fantasy managers in all formats should be keeping an eye on Walker with his potential to be a Rookie of the Year candidate.

    Jan 18 · Source via Cardinals Jordan Walker prospects
  • Cardinals Could Be In The Mix For Pablo Lopez

    The St. Louis Cardinals rank near the top of the list of teams that could benefit from a trade for Miami Marlins right-hander Pablo Lopez. Current Cardinals starters Adam Wainwright, Miles Mikolas, Jack Flaherty and Jordan Montgomery will reach free agency after 2023, while Lopez is under team control for two more years and is only 26. St. Louis could have a surplus of outfielders in 2023, so players like Lars Nootbaar, Dylan Carlson and Tyler O'Neill could be trade candidates. According to sources, the two teams have engaged in at least preliminary trade talks. Lopez recently signed a one-year, $5.45 million deal with the Fish to avoid salary arbitration after he went 10-10 with a 3.75 ERA (3.71 FIP), 1.17 WHIP and 23.6% strikeout rate in a career-high 32 starts over 180 innings in 2022.

    Jan 17 · Source via Marlins Cardinals Pablo Lopez
  • Dakota Hudson Settles For $2.65 Million

    The St. Louis Cardinals and starting pitcher Dakota Hudson avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.65 million deal on Friday. It wasn't a great year for Hudson in 2022. In his return from Tommy John surgery, he recorded a career-high 4.45 ERA (4.34 FIP), 1.45 WHIP and career-low 13.1 percent strikeout rate in 139 2/3 innings over 27 appearances (26 starts). Heading into his sixth season with the Cardinals, Hudson is in line to open the 2023 campaign in the bullpen, limiting his fantasy appeal in deeper formats. He should eventually see some time in the rotation, but he's gone over 139 innings just one in his career and will have limited fantasy upside.

    Jan 13 · Source via Cardinals Dakota Hudson
  • Cardinals, Jordan Montgomery Settle At $10 Million

    The St. Louis Cardinals and left-hander Jordan Montgomery avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $10 million deal, according to a source. Montgomery came to St. Louis at last year's trade deadline from the New York Yankees. He had a combined 9-6 record with a 3.48 ERA (3.61 FIP), 1.09 WHIP and 21.8 percent strikeout rate in 178 1/3 innings over 32 starts. The 30-year-old southpaw figures to be a key piece in St. Louis' rotation moving forward, and he'll have more fantasy appeal pitching in the National League Central division instead of the brutal American League East. Montgomery went 6-3 with a 3.11 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in his 11 starts for the Red Birds to close out 2022.

    Jan 13 · Source via Cardinals Jordan Montgomery
  • Matt Holliday Resigns As Cardinals' Bench Coach; Joe McEwing Hired As Replacement

    The Cardinals announced Thursday that Matt Holliday has resigned from his position as the team’s bench coach. He’ll be replaced by Joe McEwing, who’s spent the past 15 years on the White Sox’ coaching staff. It’s a surprising announcement, given that Holliday was only hired to the post back in early November. Both Bob Nightengale…

    Jan 12 · MLB Trade Rumors Cardinals Matt Holliday
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