St Louis Cardinals Wiretap

Cardinals Gathering Information On Civil Suit Against Carlos Martinez

Apr 30, 2016 7:12 PM

Carlos Martinez received permission to leave the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday in order to attend to a personal matter that arose after a civil lawsuit was filed against him in South Florida, general manager John Mozeliak said.

"We are just learning of this matter. I was notified by Carlos' agent the other night," Mozeliak said Saturday. "We will not be in a position to act until we have more information."

The lawsuit, filed in a Miami district court, will not affect Martinez's ability to make his scheduled start Sunday against the Washington Nationals.

"We're right on track. He's going to be our starter tomorrow," manager Mike Matheny said.

The Cardinals have not heard from representatives of Major League Baseball but were gathering facts to determine whether any of the allegations made by the woman who filed the civil suit could trigger an investigation under the league's domestic violence rules.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

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Randal Grichuk Now Represented By Casey Close

Apr 25, 2016 4:12 PM

Randal Grichuk has changed agencies and is now represented by Casey Close of Excel Sports Management, according to Jerry Crasnick.

With a year and 61 days of service time, Grichuk is controllable through the 2020 season and won’t reach arbitration eligibility until the conclusion of the 2017 season.

Grichuk, 24, was acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals along with Peter Bourjos in the 2013 trade that sent David Freese and Fernando Salas to the Los Angeles Angels.

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Cardinals Looking Into Policy After Cubs T-Shirt Flap

Apr 21, 2016 8:17 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals intend to re-evaluate their "long-standing policy" of disallowing shirts with the word "suck" on them after a controversy this week at Busch Stadium, according to the club's head of security.

"It's not targeted at any one shirt," Cardinals spokesman Ron Watermon told ESPN.com. "We should have a new policy in place by next homestand."

A number of Chicago Cubs fans reported running into trouble at Busch Stadium when wearing manager Joe Maddon's "Try Not To Suck" T-shirts during the three-game series between the clubs this week.

The genesis of the shirt came last year when Maddon jokingly told call-up Javier Baez "try not to suck" when advising him on his role with the big league club.

The phrase caught on, the shirt was mass produced, and sales benefit Maddon's foundation, Respect 90, which supports athletics for kids in inner-city Chicago. The Cubs have adopted the simple mantra "Try Not To Suck" for the season.

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Jason Heyward Says He Left Cardinals For Chicago's Locked-Up Core

Apr 19, 2016 7:26 AM

Visiting Busch Stadium for the first time since he left the St. Louis Cardinals to sign with the Chicago Cubs, Jason Heyward was careful to clarify some of his December comments, which he thinks were misconstrued.

Heyward said at his introductory news conference he would "rather grow up with a bunch of guys and make them family and be able to cherish that without feeling like I had to restart."

Mike Matheny was among those that took exception to what as perceived as a shot at the Cardinals' aging core.

Heyward said Monday that he wasn't talking about the players' ages -- he was talking about their contracts.

If the Cardinals decline Matt Holliday's $17 million option for next season, he could be a free agent in November. Adam Wainwright is signed through 2018. Yadier Molina is signed through 2017 with an option for 2018.

"In Atlanta my first three years, I felt like we had a special group, some guys who did some special things in this game and are still doing special things in this game. Some guys have moved on," Heyward said. "It was kind of a heart-breaking experience for me that the business broke us up that quickly. Dealing with the process of figuring out where I'm going to go, free agent-wise, I just felt like Chicago's going to give me a great opportunity to be with these guys for the majority of my contract."

Many Cardinals fans were hurt or angry that Heyward chose the Cubs, and many elected to boo the outfielder at the game Monday.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

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Cards' Matt Holliday Will Start At First Base

Apr 3, 2016 12:58 PM

Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday will start at first base Sunday in St. Louis' season opener against the Pirates, marking the first time he has played the position in his 13-year major league career.

Holliday had exclusively played left field and balked at the idea of playing first base in previous seasons.

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Cardinals Place Brayan Pena On 15-Day DL

Apr 2, 2016 11:31 PM

The Cardinals announced Saturday that backup catcher Brayan Pena will start the season on the 15-day DL and undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body from his left knee.

Pena will fly back to St. Louis on Sunday and likely undergo the surgery in the next couple of days.

ESPN.com

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Jose Oquendo Taking Medical Leave Of Absence

Mar 27, 2016 6:55 PM

The Cardinals say third-base coach Jose Oquendo is taking a medical leave of absence for "the foreseeable future."

But Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told reporters that the team is preparing as if Oquendo won't return this season.

"It sounds like we anticipate the season," Matheny said.

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Cardinals Sign Ruben Tejada To One-Year, $1.5M Deal

Mar 20, 2016 1:41 AM

Two days after getting released by the Mets, shortstop Ruben Tejada signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals, the team announced Saturday.

The deal is worth $1.5 million, according to multiple reports.

St. Louis needed another infielder after losing shortstop Jhonny Peralta for the first few months of the season with a torn ligament in his left thumb, which required surgery to repair.

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Cardinals Looking Into Anti-Gay Allegations 'Very Seriously'

Mar 16, 2016 4:32 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals say they are taking allegations from a former pitcher that he quit baseball because of anti-gay comments "very seriously."

Tyler Dunnington told Out Sports he did not come out while he was pitching for the Cardinals in rookie and Class A baseball in 2014, but eventually left baseball after overhearing derogatory comments from teammates.

"I was also one of the unfortunate closeted gay athletes who experienced years of homophobia in the sport I loved," Dunnington wrote in an email to the website. "I was able to take most of it with a grain of salt but towards the end of my career I could tell it was affecting my relationships with people, my performance, and my overall happiness.

"I experienced both coaches and players make remarks on killing gay people during my time in baseball, and each comment felt like a knife to my heart. I was miserable in a sport that used to give me life, and ultimately I decided I needed to hang up my cleats for my own sanity."

The Cardinals said they will look into Dunnington's allegations and work with MLB ambassador for inclusion Billy Bean.

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Jhonny Peralta Has Surgery, Out Until Midseason

Mar 10, 2016 4:23 PM

Jhonny Peralta underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb Thursday morning and will be out until midseason, according to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Peralta got a second opinion on Wednesday and Dr. Charles Goldfarb confirmed the opinion of team physicians and recommended surgery.

John Mozeliak said general managers of other teams have already begun calling him since word of Peralta's injury broke early this week, but he hasn't placed a single call on available shortstops.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

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Braves Have High Asking Price On Erick Aybar
The Braves aren't looking to trade Erick Aybar and have reportedly placed a high asking price on the veteran infielder.

David O'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cardinals Aren't Yet Making Trade Calls For Shortstop Help
St. Louis is apparently waiting on a second opinion on Jhonny Peralta's thumb.

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Cardinals Reportedly Offered Jason Heyward More Than $200M
Jason Heyward is one of a few players that turned down more money elsewhere to sign with the Cubs this winter.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Jhonny Peralta To Miss 2-3 Months With Thumb Injury
Jhonny Peralta suffered the injury on Saturday and underwent an MRI. Early tests indicate that the shortstop has a torn ligament.

ESPN

Kolten Wong, Cardinals Agree Upon Five-Year, $25.5M Extension
The Cardinals will pay Kolten Wong $25.5 million over five years.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Cardinals Aren't Buying Computer Projections For Season
FanGraphs, which employs a blend of two projection systems, Steamer and ZiPS, has them winning 84 games, 10 fewer than the Cubs and not enough to get into the postseason.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Yadier Molina Has Cast Removed
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has two offseason surgeries on his left thumb.

ESPN.com

Matt Holliday Working Out At First Base
Matt Holliday downplayed his work there, suggesting he's doing it just to be versatile enough to play there in a pinch.

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cardinals Have Confidence In Stephen Piscotty
The Cardinals lost Jason Heyward in free agency, but are hoping they'll still get strong production in the outfield thanks to their confidence in Stephen Piscotty.

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Cardinals Acquired Jedd Gyorko As Insurance For Jhonny Peralta
Jhonny Peralta appeared to wear down in the second half of last season, which motivated the Cardinals to acquire insurance this winter.

Rick Hummel/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Momentum Growing For DH In National League
John Mozeliak told fans at the St. Louis Cardinals' Winter Warm-Up that there is growing momentum for the adoption of the designated hitter in the National League.

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cardinals To Re-Sign Maness, Moss, Rosenthal
The Cardinals have agreed to re-sign Trevor Rosenthal, Seth Maness and Brandon Moss, avoiding salary arbitration.

Associated Press

Cardinals Confident No Other Employees Implicated In Hacking Scandal
The Cardinals are awaiting potential punishment from Major League Baseball after a former club executive pleaded guilty Friday to multiple counts of illegally accessing confidential information in the

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cardinals Sign Korean Reliever Seung-Hwan Oh
The Cardinals have signed Korean pitcher Seung-Hwan Oh to a one-year contract with a club option for a second year.

Associated Press

Cardinals Appear Ready To Deal For Seung-Hwan Oh
According to reports, South Korean Seung-Hwan Oh will go through physicals on Monday.

MLB.com

Former Cardinals Executive Pleads Guilty To Hacking Astros
Chris Correa, the former scouting director of the Cardinals, has pleaded guilty to five criminal charges in connection with unauthorized access of the Astros' database.

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

McGwire, Trammell Fall Off HOF Ballot
Mark McGwire's candidacy for Cooperstown ended Wednesday. He wasn't elected after 10 years, a lower threshold established in 2014.

John Schlegel/MLB

Cardinals Interested In Colorado's Outfielders
Carlos Gonzalez, who turned 30 in October, hits better at Coors Field and may not be a realistic target for the Cardinals.

Benjamin Hochman/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Columnist Joe Strauss Dies From Complications Related To Leukemia
Joe Strauss, a sports columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who covered baseball for nearly three decades, has died at age 54.

ESPN

Leake, Cardinals Agree To Five-Year, $80M Deal
The contract also includes a mutual option for the 2021 season.

ESPN