Member of Cardinals' ownership group dies
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Andrew N. "Drew" Baur, a member of the St. Louis Cardinals' ownership group, has died. He was 66.
The team said he died suddenly Sunday morning. A cause of death was not given.
The local bank executive helped organize the original ownership group that bought the Cardinals from Anheuser-Busch in 1996. A lifelong Cardinals fan and native of St. Louis, Baur most recently served as chairman of Southwest Bank of St. Louis.
Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. says "Drew loved the Cardinals and was a great partner."
Cardinals limiting 3B Freese in early workouts
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis is limiting third baseman David Freese during early workouts this spring after injuries shortened what the Cardinals had hoped would be the third baseman's breakout season last year.
As had been the plan entering spring training, Freese didn't field as many grounders as other position players in defensive drills Sunday. He did end one of the corner infield drills by making a diving stop on a one-hopper to his left.
Ankle injuries limited Freese to 70 games last season, during which he hit .296 with four home runs and 36 RBIs. The injuries caused him to miss the final two months of the season.
Royals agree to deals with Aviles, Escobar
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have agreed to one-year deals with Mike Aviles and Alcides Escobar, the team's projected starters at third base and shortstop.
The team announced the deals Sunday without providing financial terms.
Aviles hit .304 last season, while Escobar, who was acquired in December from Milwaukee in the Zack Greinke trade, hit .235 last season as a rookie with the Brewers.
Right-handed pitchers Kanekoa Texeira, Kevin Pucetas and Henry Barrera, left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford and catcher Lucas May signed one-year contracts.
Texeira was 1-0 with a 4.64 ERA in 27 relief appearances after being claimed June 3 off waivers from the Mariners.
May hit .189 in 12 games after a September promotion, while Pucetas, Barrera and Teaford have never been in the majors.
Collins hoping to make Royals bullpen
SURRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Tim Collins may stand only 5-foot-7, but he's been pitching a lot bigger than that for the Kansas City Royals.
The left-hander was traded twice last July, and now has a chance to open the season in the Royals bullpen. He struck out 329 in 223 innings in the minors, averaging 13.28 strikeouts per nine innings, and held opposing hitters to a .179 batting average in 151 games.
Collins, who said he has heard about every short joke, has been compared to Billy Wagner, a small yet hard-throwing left-handed reliever with 422 career saves.
Despite his small stature, Collins has a 95 mph fastball and a knee-buckling curve.