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Cards Notebook: Taveras clear of lawsuit

2013-12-13T06:02:00Z Cards Notebook: Taveras clear of lawsuitBy Derrick Goold dgoold@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8285 stltoday.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. • Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras, one of the top hitters in the minor leagues, no longer faces a legal suit in his native Dominican Republic that sought financial support from him for a child, his agent said.

In July, the parents of a young pregnant woman Taveras had a relationship with took legal action to have Taveras cover the cost of the child’s birth and other expenses.

Taveras’ agent Melvin Roman said the baby has been born and Taveras is an active, financially supportive part of the child’s life. He said the matter has been resolved as he and the Cardinals expected.

BORAS: ANKIEL PONDERING CAREER

Former Cardinals pitcher and outfielder Rick Ankiel is working out near his home in south Florida but he has not notified his agent whether he would like to play this coming season. The 34-year-old Ankiel hit .188 with a .422 slugging percentage in 45 games combined with Houston and the Mets.

Ankiel was the Cardinals’ second-round pick in the 1997 draft as a hotshot lefty with both velocity and a curveball Mark McGwire nicknamed the “snapdragon.” Ankiel moved to the outfield after battling injury and flighty control in his career.

Scott Boras, his agent, said Ankiel would not entertain a return as a pitcher, a role some friends have urged him to retry.

“Never. Never never. Never again,” Boras told the Post-Dispatch. “He’s working out. He’s doing his thing. I’m not sure whether he’s made the decision to play or not. He’ll let me know.”

MATTINGLY SAYS CARDS STOLE SIGNS

Manager Don Mattingly told an LA-based media outlet how the Dodgers modified the signals sent to the field during the National League championship series because the Cardinals had been stealing signs. Mattingly’s comments to ESPNLosAngeles.com echoed a similar claim from NL scouts who believed the Cardinals had stolen signs of several opponents.

“We felt like we had to be sure we kept an eye on their first-base coach and their third-base coach,” Mattingly told the web site. “They’re the ones with the easiest way to steal signs.”

The Cardinals believed that the Pittsburgh Pirates had catcher Yadier Molina’s pitch signs as well, and during a game in early September Molina stopped putting down fingers to call pitches. He improvised another series of signs — like the placement of his glove — for the pitcher. Mattingly said he did not give signs during the NLCS to evade the Cardinals’ espionage. General manager John Mozeliak had little to say about the accusations other than: “I suspect people have been trying that for years.”

Derrick Goold covers the Cardinals and Major League Baseball for The Post-Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @dgoold or on Facebook at Facebook.com/BirdLandPD

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