Recapping the Cardinals major moves of the 2018-19 offseason
Here’s a look at the St. Louis Cardinals as they make moves during baseball’s offseason and try to improve the roster ahead of the 2019 season. The ultimate goal for the Redbirds? Get back to the postseason after missing out in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
The Cardinals have been tied to some of the top free agents available. Here’s what St. Louis would have to give up if they signed one of the six players who rejected a qualifying offer.
Team President Bill DeWitt III also is on record as saying the Cardinals have the payroll room to add one of the offseason’s premier free agents.
St. Louis Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak said the team would still like to upgrade the bullpen, find a left handed bat and add a backup catcher to the roster during the Winter Meetings.
St. Louis Cardinals free agents
- Matt Adams - signed with Washington on Dec. 15 to a 1 year, $3 million deal with mutual option for 2020.
- Bud Norris - signed a minor league deal on Feb. 28 with Toronto.
- Tyson Ross - signed with Philadelphia on Dec. 10 to a 1 year, $5.75 million deal.
- Tyler Lyons - signed with Pittsburgh on Jan. 1 to a minor league deal.
- Edward Mujica
- Francisco Pena - resigned Dec. 27 to a minor league deal.
- Adam Wainwright - resigned Oct. 11 to a 1 year, $2 million deal. The contract includes incentives.
St. Louis Cardinals trades
- December 5 - Cardinals trade Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly, Andy Young and a Compensation Round B draft pick to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Paul Goldschmidt
- December 11 - Cardinals trade Patrick Widsom to the Texas Rangers for Drew Robinson
St. Louis Cardinals free agent signings
- Hunter Cervenka, Tommy Layne, Williams Perez, Harold Arauz, Mike Hauschild - signed Nov. 19 to minor league deals with invitations to spring training
- Chris Beck - signed Nov. 30 to minor league deal with invitation to spring training
- Andrew Miller - signed Dec. 21 to a 2 year, $25 million deal with vesting/club option
- Fernando Brazoban, Smith Vargas, Jesus Jaquez - signed Jan. 8 to minor league deals
- Benjamin Arias - signed Jan. 26 to a minor league deal
- Andrew Owen - signed Feb. 1 to a minor league deal
- Erick Thomas - signed Feb. 9 to a minor league deal
- Eduar Pimentel - signed Feb. 11 to a minor league deal
- Yonael Dominguez - signed Feb. 11 to a minor league deal
- Matt Wieters - signed Feb. 26 to a minor league deal
St. Louis Cardinals waiver claims and other transactions
- Greg Garcia - claimed on waivers Nov. 1 by the San Diego Padres
- Matt Bowman - claimed on waivers Nov. 2 by the Cincinnati Reds
- Conner Greene - claimed on waivers Nov. 26 by the Kansas City Royals
- Claimed Ryan Meisinger on Dec. 10 from Baltimore Orioles
- Lost Chris Ellis to Texas Rangers in Rule 5 draft on Dec. 13
- Ryan Meisinger - designated for assignment on Dec. 21. Outrighted to Memphis on Jan. 5.
- Michael Wacha, Marcell Ozuna, and Dominic Leone - signed to new deals Jan. 11 to avoid arbitration
St. Louis Cardinals trade/free agent rumors