On this date in 1999 the Astros signed 19-year old pitcher Eny Cabreja to an amateur free agent contract. Following the 2002 season he would be known as Wandy Rodriguez. Wandy went 80-84 in eight seasons with the Astros, posting a 4.04 ERA/1.34 WHIP.
*First things first on the saddest I've been for a celebrity death since Elliott Smith:
10. Let's Dance
8. Drive-In Saturday
7. Space Oddity
6. Diamond Dogs
4. All The Young Dudes
2. Rebel Rebel
1. Life on Mars?
*Luhnow would like to add more depth to the rotation that currently features Keuchel, McHugh, McCullers, Feldman, and...a host of candidates for SP5.
*Cardinals GM John Mozeliak says that, despite the Cardinals running their own investigation into Chris Correa's "hack" of Ground Control, he only realized the scope of Correa's actions when the indictment was made public.
He also wants you to remember The Cardinal Way:
I certainly am aware of what's been said, or at least mentioned on social media outlets. Some of it is not very flattering. You think about all the different elements that go into this, and your hope is that in the end, you can still be proud of what we do here.
*The Cardinals are looking at a range of punishments from "fines to financial restraints to confiscating draft picks...the Astros also could be awarded damages."
*SB Nation's Mike Bates:
In the wake of Chris Correa's admission that he illegally spied on the Astros, the Commissioner is probably going to do what he seems to always do: Nothing.
*Nathaniel Grow's breakdown of the big ol' lawsuit about MLB broadcasts is a must-read.
*More than 1100 current and former minor-league players have signed on to a class-action lawsuit against MLB and 22 baseball teams for violations of labor laws.
*NY Post's Ken Davidoff: The Hall of Fame/PED topic is the most controversial for the Hall since the Negro Leagues.
*The Diamondbacks signed Wesley Wright.