Cardinals to attempt to trade RP Randy Choate
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) The Cardinals will look to move relief pitcher Randy Choate this offseason, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

I think in Choate’s case, for us, he’s fairly one-dimensional," general manager John Mozeliak said. "That makes it difficult for us to use him, particularly during a long season."

Choate posted a 4.50 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 32:13 K:BB ratio in 36 innings during the regular season. He fared much better against left-handed hitters, who hit .093/.205/.147 in 75 at-bats against the reliever. Righties posted a .938 OPS when facing Choate in 2014.


Cardinals getting Trevor Rosenthal ready to be 2015 closer
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) While other relievers have been told to condition themselves as starters before spring training opens, Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal has been told he will stay in the bullpen, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Rosenthal, who had 45 saves in 2014, has not started since the 2012 season in the minors.

"We need Trevor to prepare to be a closer," manager Mike Matheny said. "This was the first full season that he pitched in that role. There's a learning curve to that, to understanding how to make it through a long season as a closer, and how to have the effectiveness, and how to stay in the strike zone and adjusting your workload as far as what you’re doing in between your appearances."


Reds pitcher Trevor Bell elects free agency
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Reds pitcher Trevor Bell has elected to become a free-agent.

Bell pitched just two-thirds of an inning in the majors last season due to elbow inflammation. He'll seek a deal with another club during the offseason.


Cardinals may not be able to keep Pat Neshek
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Cardinals reliever Pat Neshek may have to test the open market this winter, according to MLB.com.

After his performance last season, there's a sense that Neshek has priced himself out of St. Louis' bullpen. Neshek was exceptional with the club, posting a 1.87 ERA over 67 1/3 innings. The performance earned him a trip to the All-Star Game. The team will likely attempt to re-sign Neshek, but there's a sense he can get a more lucrative deal elsewhere. 


Report: Nationals unlikely to pick up option on RP Soriano
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) The Nationals will probably decline to exercise their $14 million option on former closer Rafael Soriano, who saved 75 games over the past two seasons, the Washington Post reported.

Soriano performed well in the first half of this season before a collapse forced the team to replace him in that role with Drew Storen.


Giants RP Santiago Casilla strikes out two in Game 4 save
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Giants closer Santiago Casilla picked up a save Wednesday, giving up one hit and striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 6-4 Game 4 win over the Cardinals and give the Giants a 3-1 series lead.

Casilla threw 13 of his 16 pitches for strikes, and even though he allowed his first hit of the postseason, he was able to get the job done and put the Giants one more win away from a World Series trip. Casilla has delivered six scoreless innings while striking out five and walking one this postseason.


Giants RP Yusmeiro Petit earns Game 4 NLCS win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Giants reliever Yusmeiro Petit picked up the win in Game 4 of the NLCS Wednesday, allowing just one hit and one walk in three scoreless innings while striking out four in his team's 6-4 victory over the Cardinals.

Petit (2-0) won his first postseason appearance in the previous round, stringing together six scoreless innings in his team's 18-inning win over the Nationals. He was just as impressive in a shorter outing Wednesday, cleaning up after starter Ryan Vogelsong lasted just three innings. The Giants head into Wednesday's Game 5 with a 3-1 lead and three chances to advance to the World Series.


Cardinals RP Randy Choate takes loss in Game 3 of NLCS
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Cardinals relief pitcher Randy Choate was stuck with a loss Tuesday, giving up a run on a hit and a walk while not recording an out in his team's 5-4, 10-inning defeat against the Giants in Game 3 of the NLCS.

Choate (0-1) began the bottom of the 10th inning with a walk before surrendering a single, putting the potential winning run in scoring position with no outs. He then airmailed a throw to first base on an attempted sacrifice to bring the lead runner around to score on a walkoff error. The Cardinals will be looking to even the series Wednesday in Game 4.


Jean Machi suffers minor finger injury, available for Game 3
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) Giants pitcher Jean Machi sustained a torn fingernail on his right pinkie while playing catch Monday, but the injury is not expected to prevent him from pitching in Game 3 of the NLCS Tuesday if needed, MLB.com reports.

Machi made a team-high 71 appearances in the regular season. He has posted a 7.71 ERA in three postseason appearances, which includes surrendering a home run in Game 2 Sunday.


Matheny: Trevor Rosenthal 'still our closer'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Monday that pitcher Trevor Rosenthal "is still our closer," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Rosenthal blew a save opportunity in Game 2 of the NLCS Sunday, allowing one earned run on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning, but the Cardinals were able to secure a victory anyway with a walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth. He has surrendered two earned runs on seven hits and three walks in just 3 2/3 innings this postseason, though Sunday's blown save was his first during the playoffs.


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