St. Louis Cardinals | Regional Daily News http://www.regionaldailynews.com/pages/index.cfm?id=435 St. Louis Cardinals 2014-12-20T12:39:54Z St. Louis Cardinals Selig to be honored at St. Louis Writers' Dinner Major League Baseball's outgoing Commissioner, Bud Selig, will be recognized at the St. Louis Baseball Writers' Dinner next month as the recipient of the chapter's new and most prestigious honor, the Red Award. The award, named in honor of Red Schoendienst, who will begin his 70th consecutive season in a Cardinals uniform in 2015, was created to recognize someone for invaluable service to baseball. Gonzales, Sierra earn Minor League awards The Cardinals announced on Thursday that they selected left-hander Marco Gonzales and outfielder Magneuris Sierra as the 2014 recipients of the Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year Awards that the organization has presented annually since 1995. Inbox: Does Molina have future at first base? Could first base be an option for Yadier Molina to reduce his workload? What are the Cardinals' plans for Aledmys Diaz in 2015? Is the club likely to add a free-agent starter before Spring Training? Beat reporter Jenifer Langosch has answers in the Inbox. Matheny to wear No. 26 as tribute to late friend The offseason number shuffle continues for the Cardinals, with manager Mike Matheny announcing on Wednesday that he will now wear No. 26 as a gesture to honor a late friend. In taking that number, closer Trevor Rosenthal had to choose another. Rosenthal, the club confirmed, will don No. 44. Cards won't retain any free agents While the Cardinals were never all that pursuant of their own free agents, the activity of the last week has all but ensured that none of the seven players to enter free agency after finishing the season in St. Louis will return. Only two -- Mark Ellis and A.J. Pierzynski -- remain unsigned, and neither has an obvious fit on the Cardinals' 2015 roster. Streaking Valera highlights week in winter ball As Major League Baseball's annual Winter Meetings stoked the hot stove last week, winter ball action continued throughout Latin America. As usual, several top prospects took center stage. Marmol finds calling bringing game to foreign land The biggest game of Oliver Marmol's season came not in front of the 3,000 folks packed into Tri-City's Joseph L. Bruno Stadium for the short-season Class A New York-Penn League title game in early September, but rather on an unkempt lot in the high-poverty Nicaraguan town of Cristo Rey just a little more than two months later. Roster set, Cards use Meetings to lay foundation for future It wasn't all that long ago that the Cardinals found themselves under the brightest of Winter Meetings spotlights while they attempted to re-sign a franchise first baseman. The club has yet to come close to generating that sort of Winter Meetings interest since. Cardinals sign slugging first baseman Reynolds After a week of meeting with agents of available players who could fill the Cardinals' need to add a right-handed-hitting first baseman, the club has found a fit in Mark Reynolds. 2014 Rule 5 Draft results The final day of the Winter Meetings began with the annual Rule 5 Draft. Teams were only able to make a selection if it had space on its 40-man roster. Cardinals shuffle Minor League coaching staffs Five of the Cardinals' eight affiliates will feature a new manager in 2015, the organization revealed while announcing its Minor League coaching staff assignments on Wednesday. The faces, however, won't be as unfamiliar as the settings. Cards are unbowed by division foes' busy Winter Meetings While the Cardinals' brass appears ready to return to St. Louis with a roster unchanged during their Winter Meetings stay, the club can't say the same of its road to a third straight National League Central title, as division foes have improved mightily over the past few days. NL Central looking like 5-team race With the Cubs' signing of Jon Lester, the 2015 version of the National League Central can safely be projected as a five-team race. The Cardinals' track record and pedigree suggest that they should still be the favorites. But every other team can offer a valid argument on behalf of its own chances. Matheny not concerned with lefty-heavy lineup In a 30-minute session that jumped topics and discussion points with Cardinals manager Mike Matheny on Tuesday, one theme weaved throughout: It was all about the lefties. Mozeliak meets with Lynn's agent at Winter Meetings Though the Cardinals continue to enjoy an under-the-radar Winter Meetings visit to San Diego, it may end up that the most significant aspect of their stay will be the groundwork laid not for a future acquisition but for ensuring a future stay. Cards weighing internal options for righty hitter at first While acknowledging that Tuesday's Winter Meetings work gave him a better feel for which right-handed-hitting first baseman may be a fit for the Cardinals' roster hole, general manager John Mozeliak also shed light on some internal candidates that could potentially address the need. Cards to let Martinez wear No. 18 to honor Taveras General manager John Mozeliak confirmed that the Cardinals intend to allow Carlos Martinez to take a new uniform number -- 18 -- next season as a way for Martinez to honor Oscar Taveras. With roster nearly set, Cards keeping low Meetings profile The Cardinals arrived at the Winter Meetings this week in a seemingly enviable position, with the majority of their offseason work already wrapped up and their roster mostly built for 2015. It also positions the organization for an off-the-radar stay in San Diego. Cards sponsor three auction items to benefit LUNGevity For a third straight year, Major League Baseball's club public relations directors and their staffs have built a unique auction of baseball experiences to raise money for cancer research. This year the beneficiary is LUNGevity, the largest lung cancer-focused nonprofit foundation in the country. No one elected to Hall of Fame by Golden Era Committee No one was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday by the museum's Golden Era Committee. Tony Oliva and Dick Allen came the closest, each receiving 11 of 16 votes, one shy of the 75 percent needed for election. Inbox: Could Neshek, Scherzer sign with Cards? Fans questions include Trevor Rosenthal's future as closer, whether Pat Neshek will return and how the arbitration process works. Former Cardinals pitcher McClellan retires Kyle McClellan, a member of the Cardinals' 2011 World Series championship club, announced his retirement from professional baseball through a personal Facebook post Thursday following an unsuccessful attempt to return from shoulder surgery. St. Louis columnist Burwell dies at 59 St. Louis lost one of its most prominent voices Thursday, when longtime sports columnist Bryan Burwell passed away in the early morning hours after a battle with cancer. Burwell was 59. Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com's initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense). Mozeliak provides insight into Cardinals' offseason Five days before traveling to San Diego for the Winter Meetings, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak gathered with a handful of local media members in a Busch Stadium conference room on Wednesday to discuss recent moves made and those possibly still on the horizon. Cardinals willing to rework Lackey's reduced contract Though the Cardinals have veteran starter John Lackey under contract for the 2015 season, general manager John Mozeliak said he plans to meet with Lackey's agent, Steve Hilliard, at next week's Winter Meetings to possibly discuss the good-faith gesture of restructuring Lackey's contract. Carpenter leaves Cardinals' front office Nearly 11 months after general manager John Mozeliak announced that Chris Carpenter would move into a front-office role with the Cardinals, Mozeliak confirmed that Carpenter will not be returning to the organization next season. Cardinals agree to one-year deal with righty Belisle Right-handed reliever Matt Belisle, an 11-year Major League veteran, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Cardinals, the organization announced on Tuesday. The addition further fortifies the Cardinals' bullpen, which is expected to lose 2014 contributors Pat Neshek and Jason Motte to free agency. Regional Daily News 2014-12-20T05:39:54Z http://www.regionaldailynews.com/pages/index.cfm?id=435