St Louis Cardinals Wiretap

Cardinals Sign Jose Adolis Garcia To Minor-League Deal

Feb 25, 2017 12:18 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a minor-league contract with Cuban outfielder Jose Adolis Garcia, the team announced Friday.

Garcia, who played in Japan last season, is the younger brother of Atlanta Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia.

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Rick Ankiel Drank Before Games To Calm Nerves

Feb 20, 2017 3:56 PM

Rick Ankiel admitted that he drank vodka before his first two starts of the 2001 season, which came after his meltdown in the 2000 playoffs when he became the first Major League pitcher to throw five wild pitches in one inning in more than 100 years.

Ankiel made his comments to 590 The Fan while discussing his upcoming book, "The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life."

He said he started throwing balls again in that start as the "anxiety took over the alcohol" and he realized after that start that drinking wasn't an answer for his problems.


Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

Cardinals Prospect Alex Reyes Likely To Have Tommy John

Feb 15, 2017 6:06 AM

Alex Reyes has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and will get a second opinion, but season-ending Tommy John surgery is likely for the St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, according to a source.

Reyes was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday afternoon.

John Mozeliak said the Cardinals will wait until Wednesday morning before making any announcement about the next step.

"I'm concerned about Reyes. Any time you send someone to get an MRI, it's concerning. I'm not going to speculate what the MRI is going to say. We'll save that for tomorrow," Mozeliak said.

Reyes, 22, made his major league debut Aug. 9 and was 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA in five starts and seven relief appearances.


Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Injury, Misc Rumor

Carlos Martinez First Approached Cardinals About Extension

Feb 3, 2017 7:55 AM

Carlos Martinez and his agent, Brian Mejia, first approached the St. Louis Cardinals about an extension almost a year ago.

Martinez's deal is guaranteed for five years and $51 million, including two options for 2022 and 2023. It could be worth $86 million in total, per a source.

The right-hander wanted to work out a multiyear deal with the Cardinals and his arbitration rights spurred the discussion.

Martinez will make $4.5 million this coming season -- and that includes a $1-million signing bonus. Over the next four years he will make $11.5 million per year. The Cardinals hold a $17 million option for 2022 and an $18 million option for 2023.

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

Cardinals, Carlos Martinez Agree To Five-Year, $51M Extension

Feb 2, 2017 7:31 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a five-year, $51 million contract extension with Carlos Martinez, according to a source.

The deal includes two team options that could run through 2023 and sets a new standard for a player in his first year of arbitration eligibility.

The previous record was established by Corey Kluber when he signed a five-year, $38.5 million deal in April 2015.

Martinez, 25, had a 3.04 ERA in 31 starts for the Cardinals last season.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Chris Correa Maintains Astros First Stole From Cardinals

Feb 1, 2017 10:20 AM

Former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa says he accepts responsibility for a breach of the Houston Astros' baseball operations database, but he maintains that the Astros were the team that first stole information.

Correa issued a statement on Twitter saying his actions came as the result of finding out that the Astros first stole the Cardinals' data.

"On December 21, 2011, a Houston Astros employee accessed proprietary data on a St. Louis Cardinals server. Later, I would learn -- through unlawful methods -- that Cardinals' data were used extensively from 2012 through 2014," Correa said in the statement, which he said would be his last while he serves a 46-month prison sentence.

"Houston Astros employees used the data to replicate and evaluate key algorithms and decision tools related to amateur and professional player evaluation. Many individuals throughout the Houston organization, including the General Manager and Assistant General Manager, were included in e-mail discussions about these efforts."

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Correa asked his family to release the statement once Major League Baseball had completed its investigation.

Rob Manfred on Monday placed Correa on the "permanently ineligible list" and penalized the Cardinals, who must pay the Astros $2 million and give them their top two picks in the 2017 draft (Nos. 56 and 75 overall).


Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

MLB Orders Cardinals To Give Astros Two Top Picks, $2M

Jan 31, 2017 8:12 AM

After completing its investigation regarding the breach of the Houston Astros' baseball operations database by a former St. Louis Cardinals' employee, Major League Baseball has ordered the Cardinals to give the Astros two top picks and $2 million.

Former Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa will also be placed on the "permanently ineligible list," effective immediately. The $2 million is to be paid within 30 days.

"We respect the Commissioner's decision and appreciate that there is now a final resolution to this matter," chairman and CEO William O. DeWitt Jr. said in a statement. "Commissioner Manfred's findings are fully consistent with our own investigation's conclusion that this activity was isolated to a single individual."

"This has been a long and challenging process for all of us, especially those within our baseball operations department," John Mozeliak said in the statement. "We have learned a great deal along the way and we have taken additional steps to ensure that something like this doesn't ever happen again."


Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

Cardinals Could Extend Yadier Molina's Contract

Jan 16, 2017 7:11 AM

Yadier Molina is entering the final guaranteed season of his contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.

He will make $14 million in 2017 and then the two sides have a decision to make on a $15 million mutual option that carries a $2 million buyout.

However, the two sides are motivated to remain together and are considering a contract extension.

"It has been something that we have talked about in terms of what that might look like," John Mozeliak said. "But when you talk about extensions ... I think it's always best to keep that internal. But not to acknowledge that he has a year left with a mutual option wouldn't be fair either. So I think as we look at '17, it's certainly something we have to think through. He's made it no secret that he would like to find a way to stay here, and I would imagine that it's something that we will mutually try to do."

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Royals, Cardinals Had 'Preliminary' Talks About Matt Adams

Jan 4, 2017 8:17 AM

The Kansas City Royals had "preliminary" talks with the St. Louis Cardinals about a trade for Matt Adams before they acquired Peter O'Brien from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Adams has appeared to become expendable for the Cardinals, who told Matt Carpenter in November that he would be their everyday first baseman in 2017.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Several Clubs Interested In Brian Dozier

Dec 27, 2016 12:55 AM

Coming off a season in which he set the AL record for home runs by a second baseman, Brian Dozier has been the center of trade talks since the Winter Meetings. The Dodgers have been in talks with the Twins to try and acquire his services, but Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News in Minnesota reports Los Angeles is not alone.

The Cardinals have joined the Dodgers as a team that is "very much" in the running to land Dozier, according to Wolfson, who added the Nationals and Giants also "remain in dialogue" with the Twins.

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Cardinals Listening To Offers For Matt Adams
Matt Carpenter is set to play first base for the Cardinals in 2017.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Dexter Fowler Thinks Cardinals Can Extend Title Window
Dexter Fowler, coming off a World Series victory with the Cubs, opted to sign with the Cardinals in part because they are always in the title hunt.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Angels Inquired With Cardinals About Kolten Wong
The Cardinals, however, want to keep Kolten Wong as they greatly value his defensive ability.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Dexter Fowler Agrees To Join Cardinals
Outfielder Dexter Fowler helped lead the Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years.

Dexter Fowler, Blue Jays Apart In Talks; Cardinals Remain Possibility
Dexter Fowler is reportedly seeking a deal worth $18 million annually.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Yankees, Matt Holliday Agree To One-Year, $13M Deal
The Cardinals did not pick up Matt Holliday's $17M option in late September.

Cardinals Looking At Justin Turner, Payroll May Be Deterrent
The Cardinals are interested in Justin Turner, but payroll may prohibit them from signing the infielder.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays Interested In Dexter Fowler
The Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays are believed to be interested in Dexter Fowler, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Braves Acquire Jaime Garcia From Cardinals For Prospects
The Cardinals have traded Jaime Garcia to the Braves for three prospects.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Cubs Sign Jon Jay To One-Year, $8M Deal
Outfielder Jon Jay hit .291 in 347 at-bats for the Padres last season.

Cardinals, Brett Cecil Agree To Four-Year, $30.5M Deal
Brett Cecil, 30, went 1-7 with a 3.93 ERA in 54 games with the Blue Jays last season

Matt Holliday Becomes Final Free Agent
Matt Holliday and the Cardinals agreed to waive a provision in his contract that would have guaranteed his 2017 salary if he finishes among the top 10 in National League MVP voting.

Associated Press

Addison Russell's 6 RBIs Ties World Series Record
Addison Russell joins Albert Pujols, Hideki Matsui, and Bobby Richardson for most runs driven in during a World Series game.

Cardinals, Carlos Martinez Have Mutual Interest In Extension
The two sides plan to discuss a deal in the coming months and could reach an agreement before the 2017 season.

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Mark McGwire, Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner On Hall Of Fame Ballot
Mark McGwire joins Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner and seven others on the Today's Game Era ballot to be considered for election to Cooperstown in December.

Associated Press

Cardinals Expected To Retain Mike Matheny For 2017
The Cardinals are expected to retain Mike Matheny as manager for the 2017 season, the last year of his deal.

Jose de Jesus Ortiz/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Aledmys Diaz Granted Leave For Jose Fernandez Memorial
The Cardinals have granted Aledmys Diaz permission to leave the team to attend a private memorial service for childhood friend Jose Fernandez.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Cardinals Set Record With 15th Pinch-Hit Home Run
The Cardinals set a Major League record on Tuesday night with their 15th pinch-hit home run of the season.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Carlos Gomez May Be Option For Marlins
The Marlins are exploring a number of hitters in the wake of Giancarlo Stanton's injury and Carlos Gomez is among the options.

Joe Frisaro/MLB

Matt Holliday Goes On DL With Fractured Thumb
The Cardinals have promoted pitcher Luke Weaver from Triple-A Memphis.