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Cardinals' Carpenter 'just wanted to apologize' for bad 2019

Jan. 20, 2020 6:28 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — This was not what Matt Carpenter or the St. Louis Cardinals envisioned when he signed a new contract. Because when the three-time All-Star third baseman wasn't hurt last season, he wasn't hitting. "I certainly was candid with our front office and our coaching staff at the end of the year,"...

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty, right, talks with Brant Ballard, 15, before signing his baseball bat during the annual Cardinals Caravan event on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Jonesboro, Ark. (Quentin Winstine/The Jonesboro Sun via AP)

Flaherty looks forward to staying consistent for Cardinals

Jan. 19, 2020 3:29 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty plans to continue following the advice Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson gave him. "To be on the attack consistently," the 24-year-old Flaherty said Sunday at the Cardinals Winter Warm-Up. "That's what he preached. He said he was consistently on the...

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2019, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals' Harrison Bader (48) runs to second base during the fifth inning during Game 1 of a best-of-five National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta. Bader is confident he will be the starting center fielder for the Cardinals when the season begins. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Bader confident he'll start in center field for Cardinals

Jan. 18, 2020 6:19 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Harrison Bader is confident he'll be in center field for the St. Louis Cardinals when the season begins. Bader was in St. Louis on Saturday taking part in the annual Cardinals Winter Warm-Up. "I'm the starting center fielder," the 25-year-old Bader said. "It's my position. I'm going to...

Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein speaks to the media during the baseball team's convention, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Epstein understands fan frustration in Cubs' slow offseason

Jan. 18, 2020 5:34 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Theo Epstein understands the fans' frustration. He feels it, too, at times. The Chicago Cubs went from 95 wins in 2018 to 84 last year, finished third in the NL Central behind St. Louis and Milwaukee and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2014. But when it comes to big moves this...

Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant, left, fist-bumps fans after being announced during the baseball team's convention, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Chicago Cubs keeping options open with season on the horizon

Jan. 17, 2020 9:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — When it comes to Kris Bryant, or any other Chicago Cubs star on the precipice of free agency, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein is hoping for the best. He also is working on the alternative. That's about all he can say at the moment. Keeping his cards close to his chest, perhaps...

Rockies to honor Larry Walker by retiring his jersey number

Jan. 17, 2020 4:14 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies will retire the jersey number of outfielder Larry Walker in a ceremony during the upcoming season. The Rockies announced Friday they will honor Walker on April 19 when they play another one of Walker's former teams, the St. Louis Cardinals. Walker's No. 33 will be...

Dodgers acquire INF Clayton Daniel from Cubs for RHP Sadler

Jan. 17, 2020 4:07 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired infielder Clayton Daniel from the Chicago Cubs on Friday in exchange for right-hander Casey Sadler. Daniel has been in the Cubs organization for two years, hitting a combined .290 with 72 runs scored and 36 RBIs across four different minor league levels....

Tigers agree to 1-year deal with right-hander Iván Nova

Jan. 14, 2020 6:12 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers agreed to terms Monday on a $1.5 million, one-year deal with Iván Nova, keeping the right-hander in the AL Central after he spent last season with the Chicago White Sox. Nova, who turned 33 on Sunday, went 11-12 with a 4.72 ERA last season, making a career-high 34...

Cardinals acquire OF Dean from Marlins for prospect Burgos

Jan. 14, 2020 3:48 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Outfielder Austin Dean was acquired Tuesday by the St. Louis Cardinals from the Miami Marlins or 18-year-old minor league outfielder Diowill Burgos. Dean, who was designated for assignment by the Marlins last week, batted .225 for them in 64 games last year and hit .337 with 18 home runs...

White Sox, reliever Cishek finalize $6 million contract

Jan. 14, 2020 1:46 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox finalized a $6 million, one-year contract with free agent reliever Steve Cishek on Tuesday. The 33-year-old right-hander will earn $5.25 million next season under the deal reached last week. The White Sox hold a $6.75 million option for 2021 with a $750,000 buyout....