Mark Reynolds and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a one-year contract.

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A person familiar with the negotiations says power hitter Mark Reynolds and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a one-year deal.

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Adam Wainwright calls himself a bit of a fantasy football geek , making this time of year nearly as important for him as October baseball. It’s playoff time in most leagues and Wainwright found himself starting Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas in one of his many leagues. When Thomas was a late scratch in Denver’s game against Buffalo on Sunday, the Cardinals ace couldn’t believe he would be getting no points from a crucial position and wondered how that could happen in the above YouTube video: “Who in the world would say they’re going to play and not, and it’s fantasy football playoff time and affect thousands of people?” Then he realized he’d done the same thing. St. Louis clinched the NL Central title before Wainwright’s final start this season. Instead of taking the ball for the Cardinals, the big right-hander chose to get some rest before the playoffs. His missed start may have had an impact on hundreds if not thousands of fantasy baseball leagues. After his experience with Thomas, Wainwright felt like he owed those potentially affected an apology: “I just want to say to all you fantasy baseball players, I’m sorry, and Julius no hard feelings. I hope you get well soon.” Who knew fantasy football would be a source of introspection for one of baseball’s best pitchers? More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports:  

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have John Lackey at a bargain price next season, but may be willing to sweeten the deal.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals added more bullpen help, agreeing Tuesday to a $3.5 million, one-year contract with free agent Matt Belisle.

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Wrigley Field may not be ready for its close up after all when it hosts its first-ever night season-opener on April 5 . According to Chicago Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney, several different hurdles — some expected, some not — have caused delays in rebuilding the ballpark’s bleachers, which could result in them not being open when the bright lights go on next spring. From the aptly named Bleacher Nation: That is not the expectation, but Kenney said there are contingency plans in place to accommodate season ticket holders within the rest of the stadium if they cannot sit in the bleachers by Opening Day. Kenney suggested that, if that happens, they will not sell single-game tickets in the bleachers for Opening Day (or however long they need to complete work). The delays have been caused by a combination of factors, including weather (which they did plan for), plan changes (which we saw playing out over the course of the year with the outfield signage issues), and a water pipe system that was much more antiquated than expected when they got into the ground. That issue was supposed to be remedied by the city by October 6, and it still is not complete. Kenney made sure to emphasize, though, that the water pipe issue was not the only cause of delay (in other words: he’s not blaming the city for delays). The bleachers are the focal point of phase one of the Cubs $575 renovation project at Wrigley Field. The project began in October when the famed bleachers were torn down, and will be spread out over the next four offseasons. Phase one will include expansion and restoration in the left and right field bleachers, with an additional 300 seats being added. They’re also creating space for additional for outfield signage, a 3,990-square-foot video board in left field and a 2,400-square-foot video board in right field. That’s a lot of work to squeeze into five months. Any delay to that timeline obviously puts them in a difficult spot, and this seems to be a significant, possibly long-lasting set of circumstances. With frigid temperatures already taking over in Chicago, the winter months figure to be hit or miserable in terms of working conditions, so it’s looking like an uphill battle both ways for the constructions crews . “It’s the nature of the construction business, being able to deal with timing issues and setbacks and delays,” said Julian Green, vice president of communications and community affairs. “[Delays] happen with any construction project. They’re compounded with restoring a 100-year old ballpark and trying to work within a 26-week time frame, which as of Monday, is 19 weeks. “This is an extremely challenging project given the environment that is the weather as well as the compressed timing we have,” Green said. “It’s going to be a challenge.” It’s actually a good thing the Cubs on field rebuild didn’t move ahead of schedule in 2014, or who knows how far behind they might be. The Cubs are scheduled to host the St. Louis Cardinals in MLB’s standalone opener on Sunday April 5. Weather permitting, that won’t change. But the scene could be very strange if things aren’t in working order. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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‘Tis the season to speculate about baseball roster moves. By nature, MLB’s Hot Stove season is a fantasy mix-and-match game, where fans have fun dreaming up scenarios that would best benefit their team of choice. While we love to hear free-agent rumors, we might love trade gossip more. We know who the free agents are . But the players who could be traded? That’s much more mysterious. Often times these trades come out of nowhere, like the deal that sent Jason Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals . Other times, you hear a lot about potential trades before a team pulls the trigger. Consider this list the latter. These 12 players have been gossiped about to some extent the past two months, and their situations look ripe for a swap. Our list ranges from the high-priced (that’s you, Cole Hamels) to potential bargains (Ian Kennedy, come on down). Click the photo at the top to start the slideshow. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Ray Sadecki, who pitched in the major leagues for 18 seasons and won 20 games for the 1964 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, has died from complications of blood cancer, his son, Steve, said. Sadecki was 73.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cardinals have added catcher Cody Stanley to the 40-man roster and released outfielder Shane Robinson.

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