Derrick Goold is the lead Cardinals beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and past president of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
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Righthander agrees to a one-year, $900,000 deal right before deadline, per source. Three other players have until noon St. Louis to agree, or they will swap salary figures with the Cardinals and await an arbitration hearing.
Cardinals to sign a handful of shortstops on the first day of the delayed "July 2" free agency, including the 47th-ranked player in the class. Also: Flaherty, three others could reach a arbitration deadline without agreements.
Veteran catcher's agent talks weekly with Cardinals and an offer could yield quick resolution while Molina tells La Vida Baseball if acceptable deal isn't there he'll 'retire happy.'
Cardinals are the only team in their division yet to make a trade this winter, but they haven't lost the most talent, and what really stands out is the absence of an addition to upset the standings.
The Cardinals beat writer also discusses Winter Warm Up surprises, free agents and more in his weekly chat with readers.
Weekly Cardinals chat overflowed with questions, so it's time for a mailbag: Fielding questions about Molina's Hall of Fame case, whether pitching can win championships, and The Beatles.
Another round of 20 questions from the Cardinals chat includes a discussion on expanding the strike zone, outlawing the shift, and this one facing the Cardinals: Where is the next Ryan Ludwick?
During our weekly chat with readers, we also look at the latest on Yadi, Waino, Wong and the outfield situation.
Saints running back Alvin Kamara scored six rushing touchdowns on Christmas to tie a pro football record set in 1929 by Ernie Nevers, a former pitcher for the Browns.