Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that Major League Baseball is investigating whether the Cubs tampered in their hire of Joe Maddon:
After receiving a request from the Rays to do so last week, MLB has unleashed its Department of Investigation to look into whether the Cubs tampered with Joe Maddon while he was still under contract to Tampa Bay, The Post has learned.
The idea alleged is that, when Maddon opted out of this deal with the Rays, he knew that the Cubs wanted him. The Cubs and Maddon have both denied that there was any tampering.
As we have seen, the Department of Investigations will stop at virtually nothing in order to get to the bottom of the matters they investigate, be it filing spurious lawsuits, purchasing stolen documents and eventually getting the right people to crack. I eagerly await them to do the same here. Because they’ll do that, right?
Short of that, I’d expect a few interviews and, possibly, a negotiated thing in which the Cubs send the Rays a draft pick or something.
ST. LOUIS — Miles Mikolas is sticking with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The right-hander signed a three-year, $55.75 million contract on Friday that will carry through the 2025 season.
The new deal replaces a $68 million, four-year contract signed in February 2019 that covered the 2020-23 seasons and was set to pay $15.75 million this year.
Mikolas will receive a $5 million signing bonus payable July 1 and will make $18.75 million in 2023 and $16 million in each of the following two seasons. Mikolas can earn a $250,000 bonus for winning a Cy Young Award, $50,000 for All-Star election or selection or winning a Gold Glove, $100,000 for League Championship Series MVP and $150,000 for World Series MVP.
Mikolas is scheduled to make the second opening-day start of his big league career next Thursday when the Cardinals host Toronto. Mikolas went 12-13 with a 3.29 ERA last season while helping St. Louis to the NL Central title.
“Miles stands among the top pitchers in the game today, and has continued to provide a steady presence for us both in the rotation and inside the clubhouse,” St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement.
Mikolas is 45-40 with a 3.79 in 143 games with San Diego, Texas and St. Louis. He recently pitched six shutout innings in two appearances for the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic.