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Alex Reyes’ injury reaffirms Cardinals need to trade for bullpen help

Alex Reyes’ injury reaffirms that the St. Louis Cardinals need to trade for bullpen help come the August 2 trade deadline. Entering Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals ranked 13th in baseball in bullpen ERA (3.58). They have gotten strong contributions from Ryan Helsley, who has emerged as one of baseball’s best relievers, while Nick Wittgren […] Alex Reyes’ injury reaffirms Cardinals need to trade for bullpen help - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees Free Agent Hit or Miss: Hitters Edition

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees passed on many position players in this free agent class. How have those players fared so far? Last offseason was uncharacteristically quiet for the Yankees in free agency with very few notable signings other than bringing back Anthony Rizzo. As the season nears its quarter mark, its a great time to check in on some of the best potential free agent position players that the Yankees could have signed. I am focusing on five of the most valuable position players (apart from Starling Marte) that the Yankees could have signed and...

Purple Row

Colorado Rockies game no. 41 thread: Chad Kuhl vs JT Brubaker

Photo by C. Morgan Engel/ The Rockies look to start their road trip on the right foot After a homestand in which the Rockies went 3-6, they’ll try to find success away from Coors, starting with a stop in the steel city for a set with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Chad Kuhl (3-2, 3.86 ERA) gets the ball for the visiting Rox. Kuhl, who was acquired in free agency after departing these same Pirates, was fantastic through his first five starts of the year before getting roughed up by the Giants. He allowed five runs in each of his last two starts (one in San Francisco and one...

Over the Monster

Today in Red Sox History: May 23

Tom Gordon Today in OTM History 2021: Jarren Duran has himself a day in Worcester; This may have been the absolute peak of Duran Mania. (Durania?) 2020: Underrated Red Sox players by decade; We go back to the early days of the franchise’s history. 2019: Craig Kimbrel is still a free agent and the Red Sox should change that; Can they sign him now? Still looking for that ninth inning option. 2018: Are the Red Sox too reliant on home runs?; Probably the best thing I’ve ever written. 2015: Mike Napoli is back; A two-homer day for the former fan favorite. 2014: Mookie...

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Paul Goldschmidt has been St. Louis Cardinals best player in May

Although the Cards have gone 7-8 over their last 15 games, Paul Goldschmidt has single-handedly kept the St. Louis Cardinals afloat in the past two weeks. With Tyler O’Neill struggling and on the injured list, the St. Louis Cardinals have received massive contributions from Paul Goldschmidt over the past couple of weeks. He has played […] Paul Goldschmidt has been St. Louis Cardinals best player in May - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Why the Cardinals promoted Matthew Liberatore and what it means

Why the St. Louis Cardinals promoted left-hander Matthew Liberatore and what it means for the team moving forward. After Steven Matz walked off the mound at PNC Park with trainers on Sunday, two thoughts immediately popped into my head: 1) how significant is the left shoulder injury? and 2) how will the Cardinals replace him […] Why the Cardinals promoted Matthew Liberatore and what it means - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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With Steven Matz injured, Cardinals rotation in precarious position

With Steven Matz injured, the St. Louis Cardinals rotation is in a precarious position as it waits to see how long the left-hander is out. We don’t know how long Steven Matz will be out. All we know is that he was removed after throwing only four pitches on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates with […] With Steven Matz injured, Cardinals rotation in precarious position - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Brewers: Early Returns On The Hunter Renfroe Trade Are Good

Back in November, mere minutes prior to the lockout being initiated, the Brewers swung a trade with the Boston Red Sox to acquire Hunter Renfroe. With Avisail Garcia hitting the free agent market, the trade made Hunter Renfroe the everyday right fielder. Early numbers are showing that this trade is working in the Brewers favor. […] Brewers: Early Returns On The Hunter Renfroe Trade Are Good - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - Milwaukee Brewers News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Ranking the 10 worst contracts in the National League Central

What are the 10 worst contracts not just for the Cardinals, but in the NL Central, focusing on the future and not so much on past performances? With four of the five teams in the division in small- or medium-sized markets, most of the NL Central squads can’t afford to make bad decisions on big-ticket […] Ranking the 10 worst contracts in the National League Central - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Cardinals: Albert Pujols breaks down his pitching performance

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman/designated hitter/relief pitcher Albert Pujols broke down his first-career pitching performance. Last week, St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame first baseman/designated hitter Albert Pujols took the mound for the first time. On Sunday, during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he took the opportunity to break down the performance. “You know […] Cardinals: Albert Pujols breaks down his pitching performance - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

Climbing Tal's Hill

Former Astros reliever returns to Dodgers on minor-league deal

Former Astros reliever Pedro Báez returns to the Dodgers on a minor-league deal. The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free agent reliever Pedro Báez on Thursday to a minor-league contract, bringing home a right-hander who called Los Angeles home for seven major-league seasons. Báez signed in January 2021 with the Houston Astros — only the second […] Former Astros reliever returns to Dodgers on minor-league deal - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - Houston Astros News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Yankees Free Agent Hit or Miss: Pitchers Edition

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees passed on many pitchers in this free agent class. How have those pitchers fared so far? This past offseason, the Yankees had a glut of free agents to pick from. Surprisingly, the Yankees chose to do practically nothing. Though the Yankees’ internal options have obviously excelled in the early going, it’s still worthwhile to look back at some of the options the Yankees decided to forego, as the season closes in on the quarter mark. In this first installment, I am examining the top five free agent pitchers and how they have...

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Underrated trade option that the St. Louis Cardinals should explore

The St. Louis Cardinals are likely to be in the market for a starting pitcher, and Chad Kuhl could be an underrated trade option that they explore. Perhaps the best value signing of the offseason was the Colorado Rockies’ one-year, $3 million contract with right-hander Chad Kuhl. And with the Rockies likely to sell once […] Underrated trade option that the St. Louis Cardinals should explore - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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NYY News: Aaron Judge, $300 million man?

Photo by Rob Carr/ Projecting Aaron Judge’s free agent market; Nestor Cortes’ improbable rise; Giancarlo Stanton topping leaderboards; Yankees anchored by their bullpen; Chad Green, Luis Gil suffer “significant” arm injuries; Roger Angell passes ESPN | Kiley McDaniel (subscription required): When Aaron Judge turned down the Yankees’ seven-year, $213.5 million extension offer prior to the start of the season, it represented a massive bet that he could produce a dynamite walk year performance that would push his earning power into a new stratosphere. We’re...

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Cardinals Rumors: St. Louis linked to Frankie Montas

The St. Louis Cardinals have been linked to A’s star Frankie Montas, but a deal would appear to be unlikely. With Jack Flaherty on the Injured List, the St. Louis Cardinals pitching depth has been tested. In turn, they have seen some brilliant pitching performances from Miles Mikolas and Adam Wainwright. But they have also […] Cardinals Rumors: St. Louis linked to Frankie Montas - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Cardinals Rumors: Why St. Louis won’t trade for Juan Soto

Juan Soto was mentioned as a trade candidate, but here’s why the St. Louis Cardinals will not trade for the young phenom outfielder. The trade rumors surrounding Juan Soto made little sense to begin with. Why would the Washington Nationals be motivated to move their young superstar, a generational player who is signed until 2025? […] Cardinals Rumors: Why St. Louis won’t trade for Juan Soto - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Yankees Rivalry Roundup: Trevor Story has epic night for Red Sox

Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox/ Boston’s marquee free-agent acquisition finally busted out, smashing three home runs to power the Red Sox past Seattle. The Yankees weren’t able to close out the sweep yesterday, dropping a tough one in the bottom of the ninth to the Orioles. Most of their direct rivals were off, however, so it didn’t represent much of an opportunity for the rest of the league to catch up. We did have a couple of games to keep an eye though, so let’s get you up to speed on what went down. Boston Red Sox (16-22) vs. Seattle Mariners...

Lookout Landing

Sporcle Friday: Three-dinger games against the Mariners

Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox/ A somber look through the ages Last night’s game was frustrating for a number of reasons, not the least of which was that the Mariners’ defeat came primarily at the hands of Trevor Story. Story, who the Mariners reportedly pursued as a free agent this past offseason, hit a whopping three home runs to the propel the Red Sox to a 12-6 win. As you likely know, the record for most home runs in a single game is four. The feat has been achieved just eighteen times in baseball history, including one by former Mariner Mike Cameron...

Lookout Landing

17-22: Chart

Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox/ Horror Story Red Sox 12, Mariners 6 Career managerial wins by noted cheater, Alex Cora: 300 Home runs by Trevor Story: 3 Home runs by free agent hitters signed by Seattle this offseason: 0 via Fangraphs Chasing the starter after two innings: Dylan Moore, +.247 WPA Chasing that high for the rest of the game: George Kirby, -.209 WPA OTD in Ichiro, 2006: In the tide-turning play of a 7-4 win over San Diego, Ichiro throws a frozen rope to catch Josh Barfield at the plate. As you’ll see in the video, this was...

Kings of Kauffman

KC Royals: Daniel Lynch is now realizing his potential

The KC Royals made lefty Daniel Lynch the 34th overall pick in the 2018 amateur draft. The selection—a comp pick acquired because Lorenzo Cain departed for free agency—proved to be one of several the organization used to grab pitchers in a clear effort to rebuild and redefine its pitching talent. In fact, Kansas City, went […] KC Royals: Daniel Lynch is now realizing his potential - Kings of Kauffman - Kings of Kauffman - KC Royals News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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St. Louis Cardinals positives and negatives from Mets series

The St. Louis Cardinals had a rough series in New York, going 1-3 in the hard-fought series. The St. Louis Cardinals had their moments all series where they looked great but unfortunately were only able to get one win in the four-game set. The series left the club so up in the air, that the […] St. Louis Cardinals positives and negatives from Mets series - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Looking at a potential St. Louis Cardinals trade for Juan Soto

Executives around the league believe the Nationals will shop superstar Juan Soto this summer, let’s take a look at what the Cardinals could offer for him. There have been few players this in the last decade that have as much talent at the plate as Nationals outfielder Juan Soto. Since debuting at age 19 in […] Looking at a potential St. Louis Cardinals trade for Juan Soto - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

Fish Stripes

Ely Sussman’s Top 30 Marlins prospects: Tier 5

Breaking down nine more Marlins prospects. Prospects within the same tier are largely interchangeable—considering their ceiling, floor, injury risk, position, room for development, ability to adjust and intangibles, I expect them to have similar career value. The notes below were last updated on May 19, 2022. 13) C Joe Mack Fish Stripes original GIF Acquired via MLB Draft in 2021 2021 MiLB stats: .132/.373/.208, 86 wRC+ in 75 PA (Rk) Current level: Low-A 2022 is age-19 season 14) OF Victor Mesa Jr. Acquired via international free agency in 2018...

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St. Louis Cardinals: Get your MLB Armed Forces Day gear now

MLB Armed Forces Day gear is available now, which is perfect timing considering the St. Louis Cardinals will be wearing the new threads this weekend. From May 20-22 American professional baseball teams will be honoring members of the United States military. The new MLB Armed Forces Day hats from New Era are available to order […] St. Louis Cardinals: Get your MLB Armed Forces Day gear now - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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NYY news: A new Judge-ment?

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ Yankees reportedly open to continuing contract extension talks with Aaron Judge; former third-round pick released after alleged misdealing; Ben Rortvedt undergoes surgery; looking at Aroldis Chapman’s struggles. NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: Quite infamously, the Yankees and Aaron Judge failed to come to an agreement on a contract extension before the start of the season, potentially leading to the star outfielder hitting the free agent market this offseason. Reportedly (in this subscriber exclusive article), the Yankees are willing to...

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Could the St. Louis Cardinals pursue a reunion with Matt Carpenter?

Could the St. Louis Cardinals pursue a reunion with Matt Carpenter? It may seem unlikely, but it’s not as crazy as you might think. OK, let me get ahead of this. After how Matt Carpenter performed with the St. Louis Cardinals in recent seasons, a reunion would seem to make little sense. But his numbers […] Could the St. Louis Cardinals pursue a reunion with Matt Carpenter? - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Cardinals News: St. Louis calling up Nolan Gorman, Matthew Liberatore

In a shocking development, the St. Louis Cardinals are calling up top prospects Nolan Gorman and Matthew Liberatore. The future has arrived. The St. Louis Cardinals are calling up top prospects Nolan Gorman and Matthew Liberatore, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Gorman will join the team on Friday while Liberatore will […] Cardinals News: St. Louis calling up Nolan Gorman, Matthew Liberatore - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

MLB.com FastCast: Tigers sign Josh Harrison - 2/20/19

The baseball world's attention focuses on Bryce Harper's free agency, plus Josh Harrison agrees to a one-year deal with the Tigers About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United Stat

Adam Pellerin and Nick Cafardo break down Red Sox Spring Training

NESN's Adam Pellerin and Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo analyze Matt Barnes as a closer, Craig Kimbrel's future and what moves the Red Sox could make with different free agents around the MLB.

MLB.com FastCast: Angels sign closer Allen - 1/18/19

The Angels add free-agent closer Cody Allen, Avisail Garcia officially joins the Rays, plus the Manny Machado rumor mill keeps churning About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United