August 28, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker (55) prepares at the batting cage before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Image Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Former MLB scout praises Stephen Piscotty


The rivalry between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds took an interesting turn yesterday.


Former scout Bernie Pleskoff sings the praises of 2012 draft pick Stephen Piscotty, like everyone else these days.

The Cards have agreed to contracts with some minor league free agents.

On Monday, the Cardinals announced that utility man Scott Moore and catcher Ed Easley agreed to Minor League contracts that each include an invite to Major League camp next spring.

Utility man Jamie Romak and left-hander Nick Additon have left the organization as free agents. Romak has signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers while Additon is headed for the Baltimore Orioles.

Former Cardinal super-utilityman Skip Schumaker, most recently of the Dodgers, has agreed two a two year deal with the Cincinnati Reds, pending a physical. This certainly makes the rivalry interesting. Over the years, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has signed or traded for a number of former Cardinals, including Jim Edmonds, Scott Rolen, Ryan Ludwick, and Edgar Renteria, etc. Blog Red Machine shares their thoughts on the deal.

Oakland Athletics MLB.com beat writer Jane Lee tweets that manager Bob Melvin shot down the idea that Jed Lowrie gets moved to the Cardinals. Melvin appeared on 97.5 The Game and said, “Maybe [the Cardinals] made a call and inquired about him … we’re not looking to move Jed Lowrie.”

STL Cup of Joe offers part 2 of the 2014 MLB Draft Preview.

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