St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals

December 3, 2016

Cards non-tender Maness

ST. LOUIS, Mo., December 2, 2016 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they did not tender a 2017 contract to Seth Maness, making the right-handed relief pitcher a free agent.   The Cardinals Major League roster currently stands at 39 players as the team prepares for next week’s Winter Meetings.
Maness, 28, was drafted by the Cardinal in 2011 and made his Major League debut in 2013, helping the Cardinals to a National League pennant and World Series appearance.   Maness owns a career mark of 17-10 with a 3.19 ERA in 244 career games pitched – all as a reliever.   Maness appeared in 17 postseason games for the Redbirds, going 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA.
The North Carolina native endured an injury-shortened season in 2016 that led to right elbow surgery in August.   He was 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA in 29 games this past season after having surpassed 70 games pitched in both 2014 and 2015.

December 2, 2016

Cards announce 4-player trade with Atlanta


ST. LOUIS, Mo., December 1, 2016 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced this afternoon that they have completed a four-player trade with the Atlanta Braves, acquiring three prospects from the Braves in exchange for left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia.   The Cardinals added right-handed pitchers John Gant and Chris Ellis and second baseman Luke Dykstra in the deal.
Gant, 24, debuted with Atlanta this past season and went 1-4 with a 4.86 ERA in 20 games (7 starts) at the Major League level, striking out 49 batters in his 50.0 innings pitched.   The 6-3, 200-pound Gant, who was drafted by the New York Mets in 2011, also made 12 appearances (10 starts) for Triple-A Gwinnett in 2016, going 3-3 with a 4.18 ERA.
Ellis, 24, combined for 28 starts between Gwinnett and the Mississippi Braves of the Southern League (AA) in 2016.  The Southern League All-Star was 12-9 with a 4.49 ERA between the two Braves affiliates, making 15 starts for Gwinnett and 13 for Mississippi.   The 6-5, 220-pound Ellis was a 3rd round draft choice of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2014
Dykstra, the son of former Major League All-Star Lenny Dykstra, was a South Atlantic League All-Star in 2016 while batting .304 in 81 games for Rome (A).  The right-handed hitting Dykstra, 21, was a 7th round draft selection by Atlanta in 2014 out of Westlake (Calif.) High School.
Jaime Garcia, 30, and a member of the Cardinals organization since 2005 when he was drafted in the 22nd round, has compiled a career mark of 62-45 with a 3.57 ERA in 158 games pitched.   He was a member of the Cardinals 2011 World Championship team.

December 1, 2016


ST. LOUIS, Mo., November 29, 2016 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced their Medical Team for the upcoming 2017 season today, including the return of Dr. George Paletta, Jr. as the Team’s Head Orthopedic Physician along with Mercy Health East Sports Medicine.   Paletta most recently held that position with the team in 2013.
“We are excited to have George and his team back and serving the Cardinals medical needs,” said Cardinals’ Senior Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak.  “George brings a wealth of experience and familiarity to the organization and he is well-respected within the baseball community.”
Joining Paletta as Team Orthopedists are Doctors Lyndon Gross, Husam Nawas, Mahesh Bagwe and Julienne Lippe.
Dr. Brian Mahaffey returns as the team’s Primary Care Sports Medicine & Minor League Liaison and is also joined in that role by Dr. Alok Sengupta.    Dr. Josh Binek will continue to serve as Team Internist and Independent Concussion Specialist Dr. Brandon Larkin also returns in 2017.
New to the Cardinals medical staff next season will be Mercy Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Charles Rehm and Independent Vision Consultant Dr. Adam Fedyk.


ST. LOUIS, Mo., November 30, 2016 – The St. Louis Cardinals today announced their Minor League coaching staffs and Player Development personnel for the upcoming 2017 season.
Former Cardinal and Memphis Redbirds fan-favorite Richard “Stubby” Clapp was named the new manager at Memphis (AAA), following the promotion earlier this month of Mike Shildt to the Cardinals Major League coaching staff.  Clapp, whose uniform no. 10 was retired by Memphis in 2007, managed the Tri-City Valley Cats (A) in 2011 and 2012, advancing to the New York-Penn League Championship Series in 2012.   Clapp served as Hitting Coach for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto-A) in 2015-16 and has both coached and played for several Team Canada entries in  international play, including the Gold Medal-winning team in the 2011 Pan American Games.
Johnny Rodriguez, a member of the Cardinals minor league coaching staff since 2011, most recently as the manager at State College (A) in 2016, will take over as manager of the Springfield Cardinals (AA).  Chris Swauger, who managed the Cardinals rookie-league Johnson City team the past two seasons, has been promoted to the managerial post for full-season Peoria (A).
The remainder of the Cardinals Minor League managerial positions will be filled by Dan Bilardello at Palm Beach (A), Joe Kruzel at State College (A), Roberto Espinoza at Johnson City, Steve Turco at Gulf Coast League Cardinals and Frey Peniche, who returns for a seventh season as the manager of the Cardinals Dominican Summer League team.
A complete listing of the Cardinals Minor League and Player Development Staffs for 2017 follows:

Pitching Coach
Hitting Coach
Strength Coach
Stubby Clapp
Bryan Eversgerd
Mark Budaska
Scott Ensell
Lance Thomason
Johnny Rodriguez
Jason Simontacchi
Jobel Jimenez
Matt Corvo
Palm Beach
Dann Bilardello
Randy Niemann
Erick Almonte
Brent Neuharth
Aaron Rhodes
Chris Swauger
Dernier Orozco
Donnie Ecker
Dan Martin
Frank Spinelli
State College
Joe Kruzel
Darwin Marrero
Roger LaFrancois
Chris Whitman
Jordan Brown
Johnson City
Roberto Espinoza
Cale Johnson
Brandon Allen
Koji Kanemura
David Diaz
Gulf Coast
Steve Turco
Giovanni Carrara
Cody Gabella
Dan Vega
Frey Peniche
Billy Villanueva
John Matos
Carlos Nin


Mark DeJohn               Field Coordinator
Tim Leveque               Senior Pitching Coordinator
George Greer               Minor League Offensive Strategist
Ron Warner                 Minor League Infield Instructor
Paul Davis                   Assistant Pitching Coordinator
Luis Aguayo                Coordinator of Instruction Latin America
Gaylen Pitts                 Special Assistant to Player Development
Willie McGee               Special Assistant to the General Manager
David Meyer                Rehab Coordinator
Keith Joynt                  Medical Coordinator for Player Development
Jim Malone                  Athletic Development Coordinator
Jason Shutt                  Performance Physical Therapist
Frank D’Aversa           Assistant Minor League Rehab