JUPITER, Fla.— The St. Louis Cardinals finished last year second in the National League Central, with a final record of 86-76.
The Cardinals were recently hit with a $2 million fine and loss of the first two draft picks to the Houston Astros after Chris Correa, former scouting director, illegally accessed the Astros’ internal database and provided the Cardinals with untold advantages. He is now banned from baseball for life, and the only member of the Cardinals group to be punished individually. The Cardinals are bouncing back from this computer database hacking scandal by signing All-Star pitcher Carlos Martinez to a five-year contract.
St. Louis also signed outfielder Dexter Fowler, previously with the Cubs, to a five-year, $82 million deal, forfeiting their first-round draft pick. Fowler is coming off of a career-high year in on base percentage (.393), on-base plus slugging (126) and wins above replacement (4.2).
This upcoming season the Cardinals are looking to improve from last year’s successful squad. With a few key additions and better overall health, they are set to compete with last season World Series champions Chicago Cubs for the division title.
Pitchers and catchers report to Roger Dean Stadium on Feb. 14. Full team workouts begin Feb. 17.