BenFred: Matt Carpenter’s comeback could help Cardinals save sinking hitters | Ben Frederickson

Matt Carpenter, Yankees hat atop his graying head, wiped away tears. “Excuse me,” Carpenter said Friday afternoon. “I didn’t want to do that. Sorry guys.” The former Cardinals All-Star had explained how he still pulls for the Cardinals — outside of this weekend, of course. He shared how excited his kids were to hear about … Read more

Orioles trade Trey Mancini to Houston Astros

>> THIS IS A WBAL EDITORIAL. >> THE HEART OF A CHAMP. IO YOU HAVE HEARD THE EXPRESSION. WHAT DOES IT MEAN? YOU CAN LOOK TO TREY MANCINI. THIS WK,EE HE PUT ON A DAZZLING DISPLAY AT THIS YEAR’S HOME RUN DERBY, SLUGGING HIS WAY TO THE FINALS. DURING THE ALL-STAR BREAK, HE MADE THE … Read more

Cardinals patch gaps in pitching staff, acquire Jose Quintana, Chris Stratton from Pirates | St. Louis Cardinals

With a deadline approaching and that innings gap looming, the Cardinals’ goal to fortify the rotation, acquire a lefty if possible, and add to their bullpen flowed together at a familiar place, just one they rarely visit for trades. The Cardinals finalized a deal late Monday night with Pittsburgh to trade for lefty Jose Quintana … Read more

Red Sox trade starting catcher Christian Vázquez to Astros

The Boston Red Sox have parted ways with starting catcher Christian Vázquez a day before Major League Baseball’s trade deadline. ESPN’s Jeff Passan tweeted just before 6:30 pm Monday that the Red Sox were finalizing a deal to send Vázquez to the Houston Astros. Shortly after 8:20 pm, the Red Sox announced that they traded … Read more

Rookie Andre Pallante zeroes in vs. Nationals, asserts place in Cardinals’ pitching plans | St. Louis Cardinals

WASHINGTON — By the time he prepared to face the middle of the Nationals order for the third time and Juan Soto shuffled and stretched in the batter’s box, Cardinals rookie Andre Pallante had already established his fastball. They had seen the curve and the new, revved-up zoom on the slider. He had pitch count … Read more

Cardinals notebook: As trade pursuits continue, were talks with Nats caught on camera? | St. Louis Cardinals

WASHINGTON — With the season in full swing and team officials scattered around the country, not consolidated in the same hotel for a few December days, it’s rare for executives to be able to meet face to face for negotiations at the trade deadline. Let alone have that meeting caught on camera for live TV. … Read more

Here’s what the Dodgers should do before the MLB trade deadline

Dodgers head of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and manager Dave Roberts.Illustration: : Getty Images The Dodgers have a few glaring holes on their roster. Yes, as of Wednesday morning, they’re 64-32. And yes, they have a 10.5-game lead in the NL West and are competing with the Yankees and Astros for the best record in … Read more