Twins not ready to offer Molitor the job yet
Ron Gardenhire | MIN
(October 20, 2014 8:17 PM EDT)
Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that it "doesn't sound like" the Twins are ready to offer Paul Molitor their manager job just yet.
Berardino says that "more due diligence remains." Molitor is viewed as the odds-on favorite for the gig, with Berardino adding that he has a leg up because he sat in on the team's organizational meetings last week. The Twins could still conduct additional interviews, though, with Orioles bench coach John Russell reportedly on the radar. In addition to Molitor, other candidates for the job include Torey Lovullo, Doug Mientkiewicz, Gene Glynn and Sandy Alomar Jr. Joe McEwing and DeMarlo Hale interviewed but have reportedly been told they will not get the job.
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Gonzales could be option for 2015 bullpen
Marco Gonzales | STL
(October 20, 2014 8:02 PM EDT)
Jenifer Langosch of reports that the Cardinals are "expected to heavily consider" Marco Gonzales for a spot in next year's bullpen.
Gonzales' future is as a starter, and he'll report to spring training as an option for the starting five. However, he's unlikely to crack the Opening Day rotation given the team's depth, and it sounds like they might prefer using him in relief rather than putting him in the Triple-A rotation.
Cardinals projecting Martinez for relief role
Carlos Martinez | STL
(October 20, 2014 7:57 PM EDT)
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak indicated on Monday that Carlos Martinez projects as the team's primary setup man next season.
Obviously a lot can happen between now and spring training with the Cards' roster. But while Martinez has loads of upside as a starter, there might not be room for him in the rotation as things currently shake out. "You can see there is a spot for Carlos in that bullpen that looks pretty nice when it fits right," Mozeliak said. "We’ll have him continue to prepare (to start), but there are only so many innings that we have in spring for starters. He’s always been an option, but we do like him in the back end of the bullpen."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Michael Wacha to have normal offseason
Michael Wacha | STL
(October 20, 2014 7:51 PM EDT)
Michael Wacha will follow his normal offseason program after an MRI Friday on his right shoulder came back clean.
Wacha missed a large chunk of the season with a stress reaction in the shoulder, but the Cardinals were encouraged by how the MRI looked. "Even the doctors were a little surprised on how that looked," general manager John Mozeliak said. It's good news for Wacha heading into the offseason, but he remains a medical red flag for 2015 since it's an issue that can crop up again.
James Shields passed kidney stone during ALCS
James Shields | KC
(October 20, 2014 6:41 PM EDT)
James Shields revealed Monday that he passed a kidney stone during the ALCS.
Shields began feeling pain on October 12, and it made the Royals' decision to start Jason Vargas instead of Shields on regular rest in Game 4 on October 15 an easy one. He underwent a CT scan to determine the source of his discomfort but by then the team deduced he had already passed the stone. "It was excruciating pain," Shields said. "I wasn’t feeling good." Shields will get the ball in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Kansas City Star
Cardinals to shop Randy Choate this winter
Randy Choate | STL
(October 20, 2014 6:15 PM EDT)
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals will "look to move" Randy Choate this offseason.
General manager John Mozeliak noted Monday that Choate is "fairly one-dimensional," which "makes it difficult for us to use him, particularly during a long season." Choate was again effective versus left-handed batters this season, holding them to a .093/.205/.147 line. He's slated to make $3 million again in 2015, though, so it's doubtful he'll have much trade value.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Yoenis Cespedes signs on with Roc Nation
Yoenis Cespedes | BOS
(October 20, 2014 4:11 PM EDT)
Yoenis Cespedes is now represented by Roc Nation Sports.
Cespedes was previously represented by Adam Katz of Wasserman Media Group, who negotiated his four-year, $36 million deal with the Athletics. The Cuban slugger is just the latest high-profile baseball name to align with Roc Nation, joining Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia, and Rusney Castillo. Cespedes is due to become a free agent after the 2015 and is clearly preparing for a big payday.
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Morse to serve as Giants' DH in World Series
Michael Morse | SF
(October 20, 2014 3:50 PM EDT)
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that Michael Morse will be the team's DH in the World Series.
Morse didn't make a start in the NLCS, but he did slug a big game-tying home run in the Giants' series-deciding Game 5 win over the Cardinals. He missed most of September with an oblique injury, which is why he was left off the roster for the NLDS and limited to pinch-hitting duties in the Championship Series. Travis Ishikawa will be the Giants' primary left fielder in the Fall Classic against the Royals.
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Taveras, Grichuk to compete for RF duties
Oscar Taveras | STL
(October 20, 2014 1:10 PM EDT)
Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Monday that Oscar Taveras and Randal Grichuk should be ready to compete for the starting right field job next spring.
Grichuk served as the Cards' primary right fielder down the stretch in 2014 and then into the playoffs while questions emerged about Taveras' work ethic and physical conditioning. Taveras is the better prospect by far and will presumably arrive in Jupiter, Florida next February in tip-top shape. He'll have big time fantasy upside if he wins the competition.
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Jon Jay to have scope on his left wrist
Jon Jay | STL
(October 20, 2014 12:18 PM EDT)
Jon Jay will have a scope on his left wrist this week.
The rehab for such a procedure takes 6-8 weeks, so Jay should be 100 percent healthy for the start of spring training next February. The 29-year-old batted .303 with a .372 on-base percentage in 140 games this season for St. Louis and should open 2015 as the Cardinals' primary center fielder.
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