JUPITER, Fla. • Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said the club is close to a one-year agreement with first baseman Allen Craig, who drove in 92 runs last year despite missing the first month of the season.
Mozelisk also said that the Adam Wainwright contract extension talks are continuing, “which is encouraging.”
Ideally, Mozeliak said it would be good if the matter could be settled by opening day.
“I think both parties would benefit by having some conclusion (by then),” he said. “There’s no line in the sand. No one is demanding anything. I do think that once you get into the season, it’s hard to focus on these things. You don’t see many of these things get done in April and May.”
But, Mozeliak said, “There’s no reason you can’t revisit it at the All-Star break.”
EVERSGERD WINS AWARD
Memphis pitching coach Bryan Eversgerd, a Carlyle High product, was named the winner of the Cardinals’ George Kissell award for excellence in player development. Eversgerd has been a coach in the system since 2004 after pitching twice for the Cardinals in the 1990s and also appearing for Montreal and Texas.
The award is voted on by the minor-league staff. Fourteen pitchers in the Cardinals’ camp have been tutored by Eversgerd.
Rookie Seth Maness worked three scoreless innings, utilizing just 27 pitches in the process. He’s left a calling card, if nothing else, with an 0.00 ERA for 41/3 innings.
• Closer Jason Motte allowed a run for the third straight game. Matheny chalked some of it up to Motte using more secondary pitches than he would in the regular season and also that the game wasn’t on the line when he was pitching.
“I’ve never really enjoyed watching closers in spring training,” said Matheny, who will use Motte more later in games in the next few days.
• Adron Chambers’ single in the ninth inning capped a three-run rally for the Cardinals after the Yankees made two errors following Wong’s homer.