Daily Archives: November 3, 2012

Hill, Anderson, and Reifer outrighted

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have outrighted catcher Steven Hill, catcher Bryan Anderson, and right handed pitcher Adam Reifer to Triple-A Memphis. With the moves they are removed from the organization’s 40 man roster. The 40 man roster currently stands at 36 players. The team added right handed pitcher Jorge Rondon earlier this week.

Teams have until November 20th to change their 40 man roster ahead of the Rule 5 Draft which will take place in December. Any players who are not on the 40 man roster and have been in the minors for more than 4 or 5 years (depending on the age when they signed with the organization) are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. As a result of being outrighted, Hill, Anderson, and Reifer are now eligible to be claimed.

Hill, 27, was a 13th round pick of the 2007 draft for the Cardinals. He has had two separate stints with the Cardinals. In 2010 he made an appearance in an August game against the Chicago Cubs and homered for his first major league hit. He had 10 plate appearances this past season. The right handed hitter hit .266/.326/.488 with 17 HR and 52 RBI in 87 games for the Memphis Redbirds this year. He’s had most of his time in the minors at catcher or first base, but has time in left field, right field, and at third base as well.
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The keys to the offseason

“I love the smell of free agency in the morning.”

I don’t think anyone has actually said that. Maybe Scott Boras. Or Dan Lozano last November. But as the sun rose today, free agency officially opens and it begins that time of the year that gets referred to as the “Hot Stove League.” It doesn’t seem like anyone actually knows why it’s called the Hot Stove League either.

For the Cardinals there is some turnover in the coaching staff. Dyar Miller is out. Mark McGwire is leaving. Memphis Redbirds’ Pitching Coach Blaise Ilsley and Cardinals’ Assistant Hitting Coach John Mabry are expected to be promoted to fill those roles according to the Post-Dispatch.

Yesterday the Cardinals made the 1 year, $13.3 million qualifying offer to Kyle Lohse. Lohse now has a week to decide whether to accept that or test free agency for a bigger, multiyear deal. It was a move that was required in order for the Cardinals to get a compensatory draft pick for Lohse should he choose to sign elsewhere this offseason. Lance Berkman was not offered one as he would have likely accepted it wholeheartedly.
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