Tony La Russa and Matt Holliday (Arizona Fall League)

A recap of St. Louis Cardinals-related news from the period of October 17-23, 2016.

Last week’s St. Louis Cardinals news includes a significant honor for Matt Holliday and potential roster changes ahead.

Holliday inducted into AFL Hall of Fame

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and soon to be free agent Matt Holliday was inducted in the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame this past week.  Holliday was elected into the AFL Hall of Fame in 2014 and his induction ceremony took place on Wednesday before the AFL game between the Surprise Saguaros and the Scottsdale Scorpions in Scottsdale Stadium.

The veteran outfielder played in the AFL for the Mesa Solar Sox from 2002-2003.  Holliday has a career batting average of .303 with 295 home runs and 1,153 RBI.  Holliday is a veteran of 13 seasons, and has played for the Colorado Rockies, the Oakland Athletics, and the Cardinals.  He was a part of the Rockies 2007 team that won the National League pennant as well as being a member of the Cardinals’ 2011 World Championship team.

Holliday joins former teammates Albert Pujols and Chris Carpenter in the AFL Hall of Fame.  Holliday becomes a free agent five days after the conclusion of the World Series, as the Cardinals are declining his option for the 2017 season.


Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.



There are no transactions to report.


Injury Report

LHP Marco Gonzales (left elbow) reportedly is making good progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.  Gonzales had the surgery early in the 2016 season, and according to according to Brian Stull of St. Louis Baseball Weekly, is throwing from 60 feet three times weekly.

Looking Ahead

The World Series is scheduled to begin on Tuesday October 25, and the official beginning of the offseason will take place after the conclusion of the series.  Within five days of the last game of the series, teams will be making and announcing decisions on free agents, qualifying offers, and player options.

The Cardinals have decisions to make on Brandon Moss and Jaime Garcia, in particular.  If the Cardinals plan to make Moss a qualifying offer an announcement on that decision can be expected during the five day window.  Also expected is a decision on whether to exercise the team’s 2017 option on Garcia.

Following those announcements, additions and subtractions from the 40 man roster should be expected to occur.  Those moves will include the addition of all players from the 60-day disabled list, as well as any minor league players the Cardinals wish to protect from the Rule 5 Draft.  Some players will have to be removed from the 40-man roster, and those transactions will likely occur within the first several weeks in November.

Still pending are decisions regarding the coaching staff, which will also likely take place after the conclusion of the World Series. One move already disclosed is the departure of assistant hitting coach Derrick May.

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