Cards dispute report they've signed top pick
GM Mozeliak said negotiations continue with Wong
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak disputed a report on Wednesday that the club has agreed to a deal with first-round Draft pick Kolten Wong. However, he acknowledged that negotiations continue with the second baseman, and expressed optimism that a contract will be agreed to prior to the Aug. 15 deadline.
KITV in Honolulu reported that a deal has been reached and that Wong will report to Class A Quad Cities, and that Wong will receive a bonus "between $1 million and $1.5 million." Wong was the 22nd pick in the First-Year Player Draft, selected out of the University of Hawaii.
"It's not true," Mozeliak said when asked about the report. "I know we're in discussions, but nothing's been agreed upon or signed to my knowledge."
However, the club did confirm that sixth-round pick Adam Ehrlich has agreed to a deal. Ehrlich is a catcher, taken out of a California high school.
Adron Chambers homered twice, helping send Triple-A Memphis to a 13-3 win over Iowa on Tuesday. Chambers is 13-for-38 (.342) with four extra-base hits over his past 10 games.
Eric Duncan and Nick Castellanos both went deep, but Double-A Springfield was pounded by Arkansas, 17-6, on Tuesday.
Eric Fornataro allowed five hits and four walks, striking out eight, over six innings as Class A Palm Beach beat Fort Myers, 5-0, on Tuesday.
Starlin Rodriguez drove in two runs and Trevor Rosenthal pitched a perfect first inning, helping the West team beat the East in the Midwest League All-Star Game, 8-3, on Tuesday.
Mike O'Neill singled and doubled but it was mostly a quiet offensive night for short-season Batavia, which lost to Mahoning Valley, 2-0, on Tuesday.
Tyrell Jenkins pitched five strong innings for rookie-level Johnson City in a 7-6 win against Kingsport on Tuesday. Jenkins allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits, striking out five with one walk. It was by far the longest professional appearance for the right-hander, who pitched a total of three innings in his first professional season last year.
Victor Encarnacion homered, but the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Cardinals lost to the GCL Astros, 8-7.
Chambers is the player of the day after going 2-for-4 with two homers, two runs, three RBIs and a walk. Chambers, 24, is batting .257 with a .356 on-base percentage and a .403 slugging percentage in his first full season at Triple-A. He was a 38th-round Draft pick in 2007.
Manager Tony La Russa said he spoke with Lance Berkman, and that Berkman does not expect to have any physical problems playing first base. Thus, Berkman is likely to be the primary first baseman while Albert Pujols is on the disabled list.
La Russa also indicated that the Cardinals are prepared for the possibility that Eduardo Sanchez will be out for more than the minimum 15 days. Sanchez is on the DL due to a right shoulder strain.
Jon Jay got the start in center field on Wednesday over Colby Rasmus. La Russa noted that Rasmus remains in a slump and that facing a tough left-hander like Cliff Lee is not a good way to help him get out of it.
The Cardinals are open to the possibility of additional bullpen additions from Triple-A Memphis. Left-hander Raul Valdes is among the pitchers who could be added, though there is no indication that further moves are imminent.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.