Cardinals MLB Notebook: Oct. 26-Nov. 1 Week

The World Series comes to end, two Cardinals are finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove award, and remembrances of a fallen Cardinal take place.

Monday, Oct. 26, was the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. The death of Taveras is wrought with controversy, given that Taveras was found to be intoxicated at the time of the accident.

Teammates, fans and media shared their remembrances of Taveras throughout the internet, via social media and other sites. However one may feel about the circumstances of Taveras’ death, it cannot be denied that a great talent was lost to the Cardinals and the baseball community.

Finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove awards were announced this past week, and two Cardinals are up for that defensive honor in the National League. Outfielder Jason Heyward is a finalist in right field, and Yadier Molina is among the top three catchers. Heyward is a past recipient of two Gold Gloves, while Molina has seven Gold Gloves in his collection. The Gold Glove winners are scheduled to be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 10, in a televised event on ESPN at 7 pm EST.

The lesser-known Fielding Bible Awards, given to the best defensive player at each position, regardless of league, were announced via the Fielding Bible website. Heyward won the award for right field. Molina came in second at catcher, behind winner Buster Posey of the Giants.

Post-Dispatch lead Cardinals beat writer, Derrick Goold, was installed as the new president of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) on Saturday, Oct. 31. Goold served as the association’s vice president for the past year. The BBWAA members are the voting body for electing members to the Baseball Hall of Fame, as well as awarding the Cy Young, MVP, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year annual awards. Goold is the seventh president from a St. Louis paper in the organization’s 107-year history.

On Sunday, Post-Dispatch columnist Joe Strauss reported that the Cardinals have informed the representative of starting pitcher Jaime Garcia that the team will pick up Garcia’s option for 2016. General Manager John Mozeliak stated on KMOX’s “Sports on a Sunday Morning” show that an official announcement by the club picking up Garcia’s option will be made this week.

Transactions

The Cardinals signed non-drafted free agent catcher Erik Garcia to a minor league contract on Oct. 14. Garcia, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound native of Mission, TX played his junior year for Missouri Baptist University. Garcia hit five home runs and drove in 31 runs for the Spartans and was named to the All American Midwest Conference team. Members of The Cardinal Nation can read more details here.

Dan Johnson, who played first base for Memphis and had a cup of coffee with St. Louis in 2015, has elected free agency. Johnson was outrighted, removed from the 40-man roster, on Aug. 2.

Injury Report

There is no additional information to report on Cardinals’ injuries.

Looking Ahead

The World Series ended on Sunday Night, with the Royals taking the series four games to one over the New York Mets. While Kansas City celebrates, the rest of baseball prepares to begin the offseason, which officially starts in five days.

On Friday, Nov. 6, all eligible free agents are allowed to begin negotiating with any team. The Cardinals have until then to attempt to ink a deal with Jason Heyward, or afterward bid against other teams for his services in 2016.

Friday is also the day teams must make the qualifying offer to free agents if they choose. It is expected that the Cardinals will do so to Heyward and John Lackey. Once those one-year offers at $15.8 million are made, each will have seven days to make his decision whether to accept or reject the offer.

Any contract options must be picked up by Friday as well. The Cardinals will formally announce this week that they are exercising their option on Jaime Garcia’s services for 2016.

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