David Bell named bench coach; Cardinals make roster moves

The Cardinals announced today that they have promoted David Bell to bench coach. The position came available after Mike Aldrete, who had held the position the previous three seasons, left for the same position with the Oakland Athletics.

Bell, 42, joined the Cardinals’ organization last winter as assistant hitting coach. He will now follow the same job path as Aldrete as he becomes bench coach.

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Exit Interview: Jaime Garcia

2014 Major League Stats: 4.12, 7 G, 43.2 IP, 1.05 WHIP
2014 Minor League Stats: 5.14 ERA, 2 G, 7 IP, 1.29 WHIP
2015 Role: Starting Pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals

Another season, another year of disappointment from Jaime Garcia. After signing a 4 year, $27 million deal before the 2012 season, Garcia seemed poised to be a regular for the Cardinals. Instead, as he enters the final year of that deal, he has made just 36 Major League starts under it and pitched just 220 innings.

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Exit Interview: Oscar Taveras

2014 Major League Stats: .239/.278/.312, 3 HR, 22 RBI in 80 G
2014 Minor League Stats:
.318/.370/.502, 8 HR, 49 RBI in 62 G in AAA

After an injury plagued 2013, Oscar Taveras had trouble getting up to speed in Spring Training this year. As a result, the #3 prospect in baseball found himself headed to Memphis once again. He played well in Memphis, which caused a lot of furor among fans who felt he could really boost a slumping St. Louis offense.

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Exit Interview: Sam Freeman

2014 Major League Stats: 2.61 ERA, 44 G, 38 IP, 1.40 WHIP
2014 Minor League Stats: 3.54 ERA, 16 G, 20.1 IP, 1.57 WHIP
2015 Role: Reliever for the St. Louis Cardinals

Sam Freeman’s biggest success in 2014 was breaking onto the Major League roster and working his way into a regular role in Mike Matheny’s bullpen. He made his debut this year in May, getting the call after Tyler Lyons made a trip to the disabled list. Over his first 8 appearances, he pitched 8 innings, allowed 1 hit and 0 runs.

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Exit Interview: Mark Ellis

2014 Major League Stats: ..180/.253/.213, 0 HR, 12 RBI in 73 games
2014 Minor League Stats: 1-for-3, 1 R
2015 Role: Bench player in the Major Leagues

Mark Ellis signed with the Cardinals this year, turning down longer offers and guaranteed playing time, in the hopes of winning his first World Series. He was here to be Kolten Wong’s backup on a one year deal. It almost could not have gone worse.

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