Storylines: Pierzynski signs with Cardinals
World Series winning catcher signs with the St. Louis Cardinals.
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Here are the stories from Friday, July 25.
- The Cardinals agreed to a deal with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch first reported that the sides were moving towards an agreement, with Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reporting that Pierzynski would be joining the team in Chicago on Saturday.
- The Indians have set Sunday as the target to have shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera return to the lineup following a bout with back spasms, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com wrote. That plan is very much subject to change, though, considering Cleveland has a scheduled off-day on Monday. Terry Francona noted that the Indians hope to have Cabrera available off the bench on Saturday.
- Center fielder Michael Bourn, on the 15-day disabled list (left hamstring) since July 6, did some running and agility drills in the Kauffman Stadium outfield prior to Friday's game. Cleveland still has not announced when he might be ready to head out on a Minor League rehab assignment.
- The Indians plan to officially recall right-hander Zach McAllister from Triple-A Columbus prior to Saturday's game to make the start against the Royals, though he was in Kansas City with the club on Friday. Cleveland will need to make a subsequent transaction in order to add him to the roster.
News and Notes:
- The Mariners made a formal offer to the Rockies for Stubbs earlier this week, according to Nick Groke of the Denver Post. Groke, like Jon Morosi and Thomas Harding, has heard that the Rockies aren't actively looking to deal Stubbs.
- Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. "emphatically" denied reports suggesting that the team was considering a release of Howard, CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury wrote.
- The possibility of Jake Peavy heading to the Cardinals is still very much alive, JaysonStark of ESPN.com has heard. The Red Sox just sent their top scouts to watch St. Louis' short-season Class A club, which would fit with previous reports that Boston likes outfield prospect Rowan Wick (though he has since moved up to the Midwest League).
- The Yankees and standout closer David Robertson haven't had any discussions about a contract extension, ESPN's Buster Olney wrote. The free-agent-to-be could end up being hit with a qualifying offer this winter, Olney wrote, and given the declining willingness teams have shown to pay big money for relievers, he could be inclined to take the deal. Doing so would give the Yankees an elite arm at a decent price without assuming any long-term risk.
- The Mets are willing to absorb roughly $2 million of Bartolo Colon's remaining salary in order to facilitate a trade, sources told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. Colon, who earns $9 million in 2014 and $11 million in 2015, has about $14.25 million remaining on his contract at this time. However, Martino also reported that the growing sense is that if Colon is to be moved this month, it won't happen until just before the deadline. Many teams consider him a fallback option if they are unable to acquire the likes of David Price, Ian Kennedy and Cliff Lee. The overall price tag on Colon will have dropped to about $13.95 million at that point, meaning that an interested club would have to take on about $11.95 million of salary for eight months of Colon's pitching (not including any postseason innings, of course).
- The Cardinals and Orioles are among the teams that have interest in acquiring Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported. Both clubs have seen their starting catchers go down with significant injuries, as Matt Wieters is out for the season following Tommy John surgery, while Yadier Molina is out through mid-to-late September with a torn ligament in his thumb. The Minnesota field staff is making the case that the club should hold onto Suzuki, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. It is not likely that an extension will come together quickly, however, Rosenthal said.