ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals announced this morning the signing of outfielder Preston Wilson. Wilson had been placed on waivers by the Houston Astros on Tuesday after being designated for assignment last Saturday (August 12). Wilson will be in uniform today for the Cardinals' 1:20 p.m. game at the Chicago Cubs and will wear uniform #3. A corresponding roster move will be announced prior to the start of today's game.
Wilson, 32, batted .269 with nine home runs and 55 RBI for the Astros this season. He hit a lofty .312 against lefthanded pitchers and .301 with runners in scoring position. The nine-year Major League veteran collected his 1,000th career hit earlier this season against St. Louis on July 7 at Minute Maid Park. He was a 2003 National League All-Star and led the league with 141 RBI that season while with Colorado. Playing for the Florida Marlins in 2000, Wilson recorded his only 30-30 season with 31 home runs and 36 stolen bases, but has had six seasons with 25 or more home runs.