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Delayed Start for Williams The Cardinals will know more about an exact plan for Williams once he reports and they can get another look at him, but there is a definite expectation he will be well behind the other position players. "It definitely gives me a different focal point, Williams said.

Adam Wainwright thinks something needs to change - A Hunt and Peck Last week Adam Wainwright was asked about free agency and the Cardinals veteran voiced his concern of a potential mid-season strike to "The Morning After", a Saint Louis based radio show on 590 The Fan hosted by Tim McKernan, Jimmy "The Cat" Hayes from Fox Sports Midwest, and Doug Vaughn from KMOX:.

2019 St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training Watch List 2019 Spring Training is here and St. Louis Cardinals correspondent Chris Eros takes a look at several prospects we should be watching in camp this year.

Paul Goldschmidt takes on camp with Cardinals It may be a new team and a new year, but that's really all that's changed for Paul Goldschmidt. The six-time All-Star finished his first day of Spring Training at the Cardinals' camp by meeting with the media and explaining that his new uniform wouldn't change his approach to the game.

Mike Shildt's first Spring Training as manager Though this was his first day of his first Spring Training as manager of the Cardinals, Mike Shildt said he views it more as a continuous process from the 2018 season rather than a new beginning.

2019 Community Prospect Projections: Junior Fernandez With only days separating us from the first exhibition game of the spring, this will be our final week of Cardinals prospect projections. Junior Fernandez is the player on tap for today. You can catch up on all of the projections here!

Battle to be the Cardinals utility infielders Jedd Gyorko, Drew Robinson, and Yairo Munoz are all battling for only two utility bench roles - who will make the 25 man roster?

Purely Optional It was also a column that lacked any solid answers, any grand, overarching narrative conclusions, because building a bullpen in modern baseball is a confounding exercise at pretty much all times, it seems. Late in the column, I did make a point upon which I would like to expound, at least briefly, this morning.

Why are the St. Louis Cardinals OK doing nothing while their competition gets better? There is always an excuse. Let's be honest with ourselves, the Cardinals aren't exactly a slam dunk to win the division with no flaws that could use some attention. I refuse to believe that the Birds won't be a better team if they signed Craig Kimbrel to close games instead of counting on Jordan Hicks to do it.

NL Notes: Robertson, Holland, Cardinals, Moose, Cubs David Robertson decided to act as his own agent while jumping into free agency this winter, eventually landing a two-year, $23MM deal from the Phillies.

St. Louis not so "boring" after all? Kris Bryant is ready to squash the beef with Yadi and the Cardinals over his viral Cubs Convention quote.

Reason for optimism for each MLB team On this opening week of Spring Training, all 30 Major League teams have one thing in common: optimism. You've read a lot about teams being all-in for 2019 and also about some teams rebuilding. Here's what's also true: When players and coaches get to work in Florida and Arizona, optimism is infectious.

Dominic Leone hopes to impact Cardinals One year after coming into his first Cardinals camp as a dark horse candidate only to leave it as the team's closer, Dominic Leone returned to Jupiter ready for a second first impression. Not only did Leone never notch a save for the Cardinals in 2018, but he contributed only sparingly as a setup man.

Cardinals' bullpen faces closer decision This is the final piece of a six-part Around the Horn series in which MLB.com is taking a position-by-position look at the Cardinals' projected starters and backup options heading into the 2019 season. After examining the position players and starting rotation, let's close with the bullpen.

Breaking Down the Cardinals Relief Pitching Decisions Brian Walton crawls through how 21 40-man roster pitchers may fit into 12 25-man roster spots to open the 2019 season for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Wainwright Elaborates on Potential Strike We love to play and win for our cities. An amicable agreement is the best thing for baseball. I hope it's possible. I was a fan in 1994, I remember that well. 6). I know many of you think we are an overpaid bunch of whiners. I get that. We play a gameā€¦ for a living.

Jedd Gyorko ready to be flexible for Cardinals Uncertainty is hardly something new for Jedd Gyorko, who has been through this exercise before. It's one in which he comes into camp assured a spot on the roster, but not necessarily one on the field. His fit became a little less obvious following the acquisition of first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in December.

Genesis Cabrera competing for Cardinals spot Acquired by the Cardinals to help supplement their left-handed pitching depth, Genesis Cabrera, with a dazzling first impression, has quickly put himself on the radar as someone who could help the Major League club as soon as this season. Cabrera. ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Cards' No.

Sights and sounds from MLB Spring Training Spring Training is underway. Players are stepping back onto the baseball field as they get ready for the 2019 season. :: Spring Training coverage presented by Camping World ::. MLB.com's beat reporters have you covered with the action from every team's training camp.

NL Central Notes: Tazawa, Brach, Pirates, Goldschmidt Junichi Tazawa is set to arrive in Cubs camp on Monday after working out visa issues that delayed his arrival, per the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales. Tazawa remains a long shot to make the Cubs Opening Day roster, as he hasn't been an asset to a major league bullpen since 2016 with the Red Sox.

Two Vignettes ZiPS and Steamer project him for a mid-3's ERA, which is solid, and he always has the ability to learn how to miss bats and hit another gear. John Brebbia projects even better - 3.5 ERA in ZiPS. I've always been a Brebbia believer, and it seems like projection systems are coming to the same conclusion.

Hasn't MLB Learned from its Strike History? Players and owners caused serious damage to Major League Baseball with a mid-season strike in 1994. Yet, at least one prominent player is talking in 2019 about a mid-season work stoppage, which unlike 25 years prior, would be mid-contract. Who is worrying about the fans?

Chambers Hungry for Return -Besides preparing for his return to the big leagues and working with youth players, Chambers has also been affected by the documentary Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story. The film details how two teams of 12-year old boys, one white and one black, played against each other to send a non-violent message to others.

Remembering Bill Greason, The Cardinals First African-American Pitcher 65 years ago in April 1954, first baseman Tom Alston became the first African-American player to wear the Birds on the Bat. Six weeks after Alston's debut, the Cardinals called up a 29-year-old righthander from Triple-A Columbus. On May 31, 1954, Bill Greason became the first black pitcher in Cardinals franchise history.

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