trade rumors: All-Star SS Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals cut deal

  • Peralta by the numbersAge: 31 | Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 2152013:.303 Avg. | 11 HR | 55 RBIsCareer:.268  Avg. | 156 HR  | 698 RBIsFantasy Source evalFree agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed on a four-year contract, giving the All-Star a fresh start after his Biogenesis drug suspension last summer.The Cardinals filled a need by getting a top-hitting shortstop a month after losing the World Series in six games to the Boston Red Sox. Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso, good fielders but light hitters, played short most of the 2013 season.The deal was expected to be worth more than $50 million."We are pleased to announce that Jhonny has agreed to terms and I know he is equally excited to be joining the Cardinals," general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. "Jhonny is among the game's top offensive shortstops, he's a steady defender and he has experience playing for a contender. He gives us proven veteran experience and brings balance and versatility to our everyday lineup." FREE AGENTS: Best infielders available | Top 25 players | C | P | OF But the move drew a different reaction from a couple other big leaguers."It pays to cheat ... Thanks, owners, for encouraging PED use," Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler tweeted. "Apparently getting suspended for PED's means you get a raise. What's stopping anyone from doing it? #weneedtomakeachange," free agent pitcher David Aardsma tweeted.Peralta, 31, was suspended 50 games last season as a r[......]

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    San Diego State plays baseball game in Halloween costumes (VIDEO)

  • When you think "October Baseball," it's safe to say you're probably discussing the postseason. But we like the new meaning to the phrase thanks to this annual game played by San Diego State, in full Halloween costumes. You can get a full rundown on all of the great co夜网论坛stumes in the game from the school's official athletics site.(Found on The Big Lead)[......]

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    Sporting News awards 2013: Miguel Cabrera voted Player of the Year

  • 夜网论坛 Sporting News has been naming an Player of the Year since 1936. This year's recipient, for the second season in a row, is third baseman Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers.The 2013 baseball season was, in many ways, a celebration of Mariano Rivera, who was Sporting News' American League Comeback Player of the Year as he returned for one more campaign as the New York Yankees' closer after a devastating knee injury in 2012. Rivera was feted at the All-Star Game, where he was named MVP, and received parting gifts from rival teams as he made his final tour around the majors. Rivera closed out his career with one last year of dominance as a closer, with 44 saves, a 2.11 ERA, and a 54-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He was still Mariano Rivera. And on August 11, Miguel Cabrera was Miguel Cabrera.On a 2-2 count in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium, after having fouled two pitches off his leg and looking like he might not be able to even stay in the game, Cabrera blasted a Rivera pitch over the center field wall in Yankee Stadium. On the mound, Rivera could be seen saying, simply "Wow." Cabrera wowed everyone in 2013, and that is why players from around the major leagues made the Detroit Tigers' third baseman Sporting News' Major League Player of the Year for the second straight season. The vote was not close, with Cabrera named on 141 ballots to 35 for Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis. Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout got ni[......]

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    Mike Trout unloads on baseball, baseball goes for a swim

  • We know Mike Trout is good at baseball. Trout confirmed tha夜网论坛t again Friday night with this monster home run in Kansas City. The Royals estimated  the drive at 445 feet. ESPN said it would have gone 489 feet had the fountain not stopped it. That would make the shot the longest in Angels and Kauffman Stadium history. "That's Bo Jackson territory," said Angels TV analyst Mark Gubicza, who was Jackson's teammate in KC.[......]

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    Mike Trout injury update: Stiff back sidelines Angels superstar

  • OAKLAND, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Mike Trout has been scratched from the lineup against the Oakland Athletics because of upper back stiffness.Trout was initially batting second as the designated hitter instead of his usual spot in center field Saturday night. Manager Mike Scioscia says Trout is not sure how the injury occurred but it started bothering him earlier Saturday. C.J. Cron was the new designated hitter and batting sixth. Grant Green m夜网论坛oved up from sixth to second in the order.Trout is batting .294 with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs this season.[......]

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    All-Star Game 2014: Mike Trout leads early AL voting

  • Angels star Mike Trout leads all American League players in the first balloting figures released for the 2014 All-St夜网论坛ar Game.Trout, who's hitting .279/.368/.537 with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs, has received 764,007 total votes so far. The All-Star Game will be July 15 at Target Field in Minnesota. The first National League balloting results will be announced Wednesday. — SN ranks all 30 general managersHere are the AL leaders at each position: C: Matt Wieters, Orioles, 540,258 votes1B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers, 440,4072B: Ian Kinsler, Tigers, 356,244SS: Derek  Jeter, Yankees, 602,5253B: Josh Donaldson, A's, 464,367OF: TroutOF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays, 675,290OF: Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees, 417,452DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox, 501,808[......]

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    Draft 2014: Dates, times, TV coverage, online

  • When is the 2014 Draft?The draft will be held from Thursday, June 5 to Saturday, June 7. Here is the schedule (all times ET):Day 1 (Thursday, June 5)6 p.m.: Draft preview show | TV: Network | Internet: .com 7 p.m.: Draft, Rounds 1-2, compensation rounds | TV: Network | Internet: .com  Day 2 (Friday, June 6)1 p.m.: Rounds 3-10 | Internet: .comDay 3 (Sat夜网论坛urday, June 7)1 p.m.: Rounds 11-40 | Internet: .com[......]

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    Yadier Molina injury update: Cardinals catcher sprains thumb

  • 夜网论坛 Not at all what the Cardinals need as they try to chase down the Brewers in the NL Central:INJURY REPORT: Yadier Molina left the game in the bottom of the 3rd inning with a right thumb sprain. Will be re-evaluated tomorrow.— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) July 10, 2014Molina was hurt when his hand hit the ground as he was making a feet-first slide into third base. The Redbirds lean heavily on their All-Star catcher (82 starts in 92 games this season), and he's an unquestioned team leader, so any extended absence will produce a big void. Tony Cruz, Molina's backup, would step into the everyday lineup.Molina has been hitting better recently following a long slump. He produced a .333/.419/.370 slash line in eight July games prior to Wednesday.[......]

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    Triple-A team in Memphis will wear Egypt-themed jerseys

  • Well, this is a new one in the world of minor-league jerseys. And that's saying something, considering some of the designs we've seen over the past decade or so (especially those Star Wars-themed nights).The Memphis Redbirds, the Trip夜网论坛le-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, are taking it up a notch Saturday night.  Tonight, the #Redbirds will be sporting gold-and-yellow Egyptian jerseys as we salute Memphis, Egypt. pic.twitter.com/vWwvaqKuST— Memphis Redbirds (@memphisredbirds) June 7, 2014Yep.[......]

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