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Daniel Kim of ESPN reports that Ha-seong Kim has multiple offers in the five-plus year range.

Kim has logos of the Cardinals, Reds, Padres, Blue Jays, Red Sox and Rangers alongside the infielder, although he doesn't explicitly say those are the teams in the running. The 25-year-old has until New Year's Day to sign on after being posted by the Kiwoom Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization. Kim was fantastic in 2020 with a .310/.402/.530 line along with 28 homers and 21 steals while playing a premium position. It sounds like there's several clubs that would like to procure Kim's services -- justifiably so.


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Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Cardinals "maintain interest in bringing back" Kolten Wong.

St. Louis opted to decline Wong's $12.5 million club option for 2021 back in late October, and that didn't seem to sit too well with the 30-year-old second baseman, but he figures to take the best offer he can get in free agency, and perhaps it will come from the Cardinals in the end. Right now, though, it would appear that the Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright negotiations are at the top of the team's offseason priority list.
Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter
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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said in a chat this week that he views the possibility of Adam Wainwright re-signing with the Cardinals as a "coin flip."

Goold was responding to a question about the chances of Yadier Molina ("approaching inevitable"), Wainwright ("coin flip") and Kolten Wong ("less than that") returning to the Cards in 2021. Wainwright is 39 but had a resurgent 2020 campaign in posting a 3.15 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 54/15 K/BB ratio over 65 1/3 innings. In addition to the Cards, the Braves and Royals have reportedly expressed interest in the righty, although Atlanta has since added a couple starters.
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Jon: Let’s say you’re the Cardinals (you’re not, but roleplay with me here), and you have to sign exactly two of these contracts, which two do you pick?:

Molina for 1y/$10M
Wainwright for 1y/$6M
Wong for 2y/$12M

Craig Edwards: If I’m the Cardinals, I take the first two. The third is probably the best bargain, but if you can bring back those two, you have to do it. You should also do the third one, though. For $22 million in free agency taking payroll to around $150 million, still like $15 million below last season, you would be easy favorites in a weak NL central.
Paul: Any chance the Cardinals let John Gant have a shot at starting this year? And if not who do you think is their #4 and #5 Starters?

Craig Edwards: I doubt it, as it seems like there are other players ahead of him preference-wise. For 4th and 5th starters, I’ll say Adam Wainwright and Carlos Martinez.

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Jack Flaherty requested $3.9 million and was offered $3 million by the Cardinals when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The projection by MLBTradeRumors is much closer to the Cardinals' figure than it is to Flaherty's, though they could just opt to settle around the midpoint of $3.45 million. The right-hander's 2020 season never really got on track, as he registered a disappointing 4.91 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 49/16 K/BB ratio in only 40 1/3 innings of work. It's the first season of arbitration eligibility for the 25-year-old hurler, who remains under team control through the 2023 season.
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Jocephus wrote:
January 16 21, 11:30 am
Jack Flaherty requested $3.9 million and was offered $3 million by the Cardinals when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The projection by MLBTradeRumors is much closer to the Cardinals' figure than it is to Flaherty's, though they could just opt to settle around the midpoint of $3.45 million. The right-hander's 2020 season never really got on track, as he registered a disappointing 4.91 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 49/16 K/BB ratio in only 40 1/3 innings of work. It's the first season of arbitration eligibility for the 25-year-old hurler, who remains under team control through the 2023 season.
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Jan 15, 2021, 8:50 PM ET
Offer him 3/16 and be done with it

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CardsofSTL wrote:
January 16 21, 7:02 pm
Jocephus wrote:
January 16 21, 11:30 am
Jack Flaherty requested $3.9 million and was offered $3 million by the Cardinals when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The projection by MLBTradeRumors is much closer to the Cardinals' figure than it is to Flaherty's, though they could just opt to settle around the midpoint of $3.45 million. The right-hander's 2020 season never really got on track, as he registered a disappointing 4.91 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 49/16 K/BB ratio in only 40 1/3 innings of work. It's the first season of arbitration eligibility for the 25-year-old hurler, who remains under team control through the 2023 season.
Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter
Jan 15, 2021, 8:50 PM ET
Offer him 3/16 and be done with it
There’s no way he would take that. 3/$25MM, structured $5MM-$8MM-$12MM is fair for both sides.

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Popeye_Card wrote:
January 17 21, 8:33 am
CardsofSTL wrote:
January 16 21, 7:02 pm
Jocephus wrote:
January 16 21, 11:30 am
Jack Flaherty requested $3.9 million and was offered $3 million by the Cardinals when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The projection by MLBTradeRumors is much closer to the Cardinals' figure than it is to Flaherty's, though they could just opt to settle around the midpoint of $3.45 million. The right-hander's 2020 season never really got on track, as he registered a disappointing 4.91 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 49/16 K/BB ratio in only 40 1/3 innings of work. It's the first season of arbitration eligibility for the 25-year-old hurler, who remains under team control through the 2023 season.
Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter
Jan 15, 2021, 8:50 PM ET
Offer him 3/16 and be done with it
There’s no way he would take that. 3/$25MM, structured $5MM-$8MM-$12MM is fair for both sides.
I'm cool with that. They can give him 3/50 and I'm cool with that. He asked for 3.9; so I figured 4/5/7 but that is probably way low for future seasons, unless last year's mediocre season is a sign of what's coming. I don't think it is, last year is basically worthless.

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Carlos Martinez allowed three runs on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk over six innings Saturday in his final start for Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League playoffs.

Martinez struggled early, allowing three runs -- including back-to-back homers -- in the opening frame, but wound up retiring 18 of the final 20 batters he faced to complete his last offseason outing before spring training. The 29-year-old righty compiled a disastrous 9.90 ERA, 2.10 WHIP and 17/10 K/BB ratio across 20 innings and was limited to only five starts during the shortened 2020 season due to COVID-19 and an oblique injury. He’s slated to open the 2021 campaign in the Cardinals’ Opening Day rotation and offers some late-round appeal for fantasy managers in deeper mixed leagues given his extensive track record over the last decade.
Source: Aguilas Cibaenas on Twitter
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They're going to be bad this year, aren't they.

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