Out of respect for today's awarding of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Stan Musial, the Cardinals and representation for first baseman Albert Pujols have agreed to push back the deadline for talks on a contract extension to 11 a.m. (CST) Wednesday.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak confirmed the shift Monday as pitchers and catchers began their first workout of camp.
“Tomorrow is a very big day for Stan Musial,” Mozeliak said. “It wouldn’t make any sense to have a large distraction on that special day given the amount of respect we have for that man. It only made sense to make sure that we didn’t have a whole lot of things going on given the events tomorrow in Washington.”
The parties previously were working under a Tuesday night deadline.
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WEST PIONEER DIES
Gino Cimoli, a Dodger outfielder in Brooklyn and Los Angeles who was the first major league batter on the West Coast when the Dodgers and Giants moved to California in 1958, has died.
Cimoli, 81, died Saturday in Roseville, Calif., of kidney and heart complications.
The Dodgers opened their first season in California on April 15, 1958, against the Giants at Seals Stadium in San Francisco. Cimoli, who was born in San Francisco, struck out against the Giants’ Ruben Gomez to start the game. The Giants won, 8-0.
Cimoli, a right-handed hitter, played 10 seasons in the major leagues with a career .265 batting average. He started with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956 and was an All-Star in 1957. He also scored the Dodgers’ final run at Ebbets Field in a 2-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 24, 1957.
Cimoli also played for the Pirates on their 1960 World Series championship team.
Cecil Kaiser, a 5-foot-6 left-hander who made $700 a month at the height of his Negro Leagues pitching career in the 1940s, died Monday at the age of 94. His son, Tyrone, said Kaiser died following a fall at his home in Southfield, Mich. Carlos Marmol, once a catcher in the minors, has been rewarded for his expertise as a closer. Marmol agreed to a three-year, $20 million contract with the Chicago Cubs and avoided salary arbitration. Marmol had 38 saves in 43 chances with a 2-3 record and 2.55 ERA last season. Charlie Manuel wants a contract extension before the Philadelphia Phillies start their season. The most successful manager in franchise history is entering the final year of a deal he signed after leading the Phillies to the first of four straight division titles in 2007. He’s making $2.4 million this season. Major league home run leader Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays have pushed back their salary arbitration in hopes of reaching an agreement. The sides had been set to argue their cases Monday, with Bautista asking for $10.5 million rather than the team’s offer of $7.6 million. Bautista hit .260 with 54 homers and 124 RBI last season, when he made $2.4 million. New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia has a provision in his seven-year contract that gives him the opportunity to opt out after this season.