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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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have hired former batting champion Bill Mueller as assistant hitting coach.

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John Hart made his first big move as the new manager of the Atlanta Braves on Monday, trading two-time gold glove winner Jason Heyward and pitcher Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Braves picked up pitchers Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins for Walden and the 25-year-old Heyward, who hit .271 with 11 homers and 58 RBI in 149 games last season. A five-year veteran, Heyward won gold glove awards in 2012 and 2014.

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The Braves are re-evaluating their place in the NL East, while the Cardinals are focused on winning it all.

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have dealt outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Shelby Miller and a minor-leaguer.

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One of baseball’s oldest and greatest rivalries will take center stage in MLB’s standalone Sunday night opener on April 5. And no, we’re not talking about Yankees/Red Sox or Dodgers/Giants for a change. The back-to-back NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals are scheduled to travel north to take on the Chicago Cubs in what will be a historic night at Wrigley Field. For the first time in the ballpark’s 100-year history, the Cubs will play their home opener at night . For a standalone opener, that historical note may not seem like enough to justify this game choice. In the past, this ESPN exclusive broadcast usually features the defending World Series champions like the San Francisco Giants, or the league’s buzziest team, like the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. Well, don’t look now, but the Cubs are quickly moving into the latter territory with Joe Maddon on board and a roster rebuild that will likely be accelerated this winter. Throw in the Cardinals, the one rival Chicago is always chasing but rarely catches, and you have an interesting baseball storyline in place for opening night. But it’s far from the only interesting storyline. The Sunday opener will be a national showcase for Wrigley Field after an offseason of construction and renovations. They’re only in phase one of a four-phase plan, but there will be plenty to see with expanded and restored bleachers in left and right field, new outfield group terraces, and two new video boards. It also gives us a new angle to follow during the offseason: Who will Chicago acquire to oppose St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright under those bright lights? Nothing against Jake Arrieta, who had a remarkable season in 2014. But a big name with a big contract and reputation is likely coming via trade or free agency. Be it Jon Lester, Jordan Zimmermann, or someone not yet on the radar Also, there’s at least a chance Chicago’s latest phenom, infielder Kris Bryant, could make his major-league debut here, nearly completing Chicago’s puzzle of elite prospects. If so, we have all the ingredients for a very fun night under the lights on the north side. 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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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — In the last hours of St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras’ life, a video posted to social media shows him behind the wheel of a flashy new car, grinning alongside his girlfriend.

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