Rosenthal: What I’m hearing on the MLB free-agent market with the Padres, Astros and more

A three-year, $58.5 million contract seemed high for free-agent first baseman José Abreu, who turns 36 on Jan. 29. The Athletic’s Keith Law criticized the Astros for paying him that much. But the competition for Abreu, according to major-league sources and media reports, perhaps explains how, even at an advanced age, he exceeded his previous … Read more

2023 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot: Stark’s 5 things to watch — Scott Rolen, Carlos Beltrán, 3 risers

I could tell, just by all the layers of clothing I had to throw on Monday to bring in my Amazon delivery, that it wasn’t baseball season anymore. But at least it was the next best thing, by which I mean … The first day of Hall of Fame voting season. You won’t find anyone … Read more

Rosenthal: What I’m hearing about MLB free agency with Justin Verlander, Anthony Rizzo and more

What I’m hearing: • The market for free-agent starting pitchers is quite active, and the early asks from the three biggest names — Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander and Carlos Rodón— are, to no one’s surprise, quite high. Rangers general manager Chris Young, who already traded for Jake Odorizzi and extended a qualifying offer to Martín … Read more

Nolan Arenado opting in to remainder of five-year contract with Cardinals

Daniel Guerrero ,  Derrick Goold The Cardinals will have their star third baseman Nolan Arenado back for 2023 and for every season after that through 2027. Arenado — a seven-time All-Star and nine-time Gold Glover — notified the Cardinals that he is opting into the remainder of his five-year contract.  “I love the organization, I … Read more

Skip Schumaker named Marlins new manager, starting changes to Cardinals’ coaching staff

After a year in the position that has become a steppingstone from the Cardinals dugout to a promotion, Skip Schumaker was named the Miami Marlins’ new manager Tuesday, and his departure offers a glimpse into what could be several changes coming to Oliver Marmol’s staff in St. Louis. Schumaker is the fourth consecutive Cardinals bench … Read more

Law’s Arizona Fall League takeaways: From Jackson Merrill to Matt Mervis, everything I saw in 12 games

I’m back from my six-night, 12-game run through the Arizona Fall League, so I’m emptying the notebook to finish off what I started in last week’s post. I saw every team at least three times, so I’ve got notes on almost everyone on the rosters, barring a few starting pitchers, although in some cases I … Read more

Mariners, Guardians deliver a day of historic comebacks, scoreless innings: Stark’s Weird and Wild on MLB playoffs

Have you heard the October tale about the team that made a seven-run deficit disappear? What about the story of an unreal game in Cleveland in which nearly five hours went by without anybody scoring a run? Maybe you were lucky enough to see those games. But maybe you were busy running errands, hitting golf … Read more

Poof! Cardinals’ ‘magic’ season vanishes in sweep. Their next trick is up to new core

As he walked to the plate with a chance to push the game one hit deeper into the night, the season one game further into the weekend, and his career one day longer into October, Yadier Molina paused and whispered a prayer. He refused to be the last out of his last game. “I was … Read more

Postseason shrinkage continues for Cardinals offense in latest quick exit

Lars Nootbaar led off the bottom of the first inning with a smoked single on an Aaron Nola fastball that sure looked more like a hard-earned double than a single and an error on Phillies centerfielder Brandon Marsh. Regardless, one of the fastest Cardinals was on second base first thing Saturday night, and the biggest … Read more

Phillies shut out, sweep Cardinals and end last run for Molina and Pujols

When the end came, with so little fanfare and all of the fireworks still in their casings waiting for another year or another event, Yadier Molina and Albert Pujols watched from the dugout, having done all they could against Philadelphia to extend their careers one more night. The Cardinals, their leading hitters stymied time and … Read more