Update: The New York Mets are still coveting P Joel Pineiro, but not at the terms he is hoping to receive. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. thinks the Mets are willing to give the right-hander a 2 year deal worth around $15 million,something very similar to what the Washington Nationals recently gave Jason Marquis.The righty is reportedly seeking a 3 year deal worth close to $30 million.Pineiro is coming off a career year in St. Louis going 15-12 with a 3.49 ERA. Pineiro showed remarkable control last year, walking only 27 batters in 214 innings pitched.
Update: In an interview, Tony La Russa said that it could be nice to be able to add newly hired hitting coach, Mark McGwire, to the expanded roster after August 31st. La Russa called it his nice, little dream but also recognized that the chances of this happening were very slim.
Fantasy Impact: McGwire should not be picked up in any fantasy leagues. He will most likely be more of a decoy sitting on the end of the bench then an actual threat as a pinch hitter.
Update: Pirates president Frank Coonelly continues to let Scott Boras and his client, Rick Ankiel, know that the Pirates are interested in Ankiel's service, both publically and privately.Coonelly told MLB.com,"We think that Rick is certainly a good candidate to have a rebound season in 2010 and have expressed our interest to his representative.Therefore, Rick is certainly among the players who we ha
Update: Now that the St. Louis Cardinals have taken care of their cleanup spot in their order, it sounds as if it may be time to move on to the number three hole.In an article that details Matt Holliday's journey through free agency, Joe Strauss of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch also gives some insight on the Cards desire to start talking with King Albert and a contract extension.
Update: Now it's time for the St. Louis Cardinals to turn their attention to filling some holes on their roster now that they safely have OF Matt Holliday in the fold for the next 7 seasons.
Update: Former Padres number one pick, SS Khalil Greene is working out with his former college coach at Vanderbilt University this off-season with hopes of signing a major league contract. Tim Corbin told ESPN Insider, "I hope someone gives him a shot. ... He is working very diligently on his defense and his offense in our cages, three to four hours a day." Greene spent the 2009 season in St. Louis after being traded by the Padres. In a related bit of news Padres G.M.
Update: According to Matt Holliday on the Doug Gottlieb Show, Matt Holliday has agreed to terms with the Cardinals. This move would help solidify the middle of the Cardinals lineup. It gives Albert Pujols protection which can only make him better. St. Louis keeping Holliday a Cardinal will only help them in the pennant run.
Update: Matt Holliday is staying in St. Louis. The soon to be 30 year old outfielder announced his decision on ESPN radio Tuesday. Holliday says the deal is for seven years, and worth between $119 million and $120 million dollars. The deal is worth about $17 million per season.
Update: The "It" Matt Holliday is talking about is the fact that he is coming back to the St. Louis Cardinals.Speaking on ESPN Radio, Holliday said he was going to re-sign with the Cards. The contract will pay him $17 mil a year through 2016 and may include a club option. The deal will also give Holliday a full no trade clause.Holliday and his agent fell short of their stated goal of an $18 mil a year contract, but considering there was little competition in this years free agent class, and the economic realities, they did very well.
Update: After a weekend of face-to-face discussions between Cardinals management and agent Scott Boras, manager Tony LaRussa is hopeful that OF Matt Holliday will sign with the Cardinals sometime this week. Joe Strauss of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch spoke with LaRussa who said,"I think we've made it clear how much we want to keep him," La Russa said.