Cardinals acquire Steve Cishek

The St. Louis Cardinals added RHP Steve Cishek to their bullpen this afternoon, announcing the acquisition of the former closer in a trade with the Miami Marlins. In return, the Cardinals will send Double-A reliever Kyle Barraclough to Miami. So let’s dig right in.

Cishek, 29, entered the 2015 season as one of baseball’s up and coming closers. In his previous four seasons, Cishek had a 2.70 ERA to go with a 1.19 WHIP over 249 relief appearances. He had accumulated 91 saves.

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The Cardinals activate Lance Lynn

It was initially billed as just a 15 day disabled list trip to rest his forearm, and so it has been as the Cardinals announced today that they’ve activated Lance Lynn from the DL and optioned Tyler Lyons back to Memphis. Lynn will take the mound tonight against the Miami Marlins.

“I’m just looking forward to competing again. I’ve been out for two weeks and you never want to not be able to complete. So I’m just looking forward to getting back out there,” Lynn told about returning to the mound. Lynn missed two starts while on the disabled list with a right forearm strain.

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Cardinals add Garcia and Scruggs

Just a day after talking about how any offensive reinforcements we can call up from Memphis probably won’t create that much of effect, John Mozeliak indicates he had to try something anyway and added first baseman Xavier Scruggs and infielder Greg Garcia to the Major League roster. Headed back to Memphis are catcher Ed Easley and relief pitcher Mitch Harris.

In theory, this will help solidify the Cardinals’ bench and give Mike Matheny more options while he constructs lineups on a nightly basis.

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Lynn’s trip to the DL is concering

With the Cardinals’ history in the diagnosis of arm issues and the current state of their roster, Lance Lynn being placed on the 15 day DL by the Cardinals is extremely concerning. The official diagnosis was a forearm strain after having experienced some discomfort in his last couple starts. He had left the team and returned to St. Louis to undergo an MRI to help diagnose the issue.

In Lynn’s place, the Cardinals have recalled Tyler Lyons who will likely make both starts that Lynn will miss. Lyons was part of the bridge from Adam Wainwright to Jaime Garcia, making three starts for the Cardinals and somehow escaping any decisions with a 5.54 ERA over 13 innings. Since being demoted back to Memphis though, Lyons has pitched well going 3-1 over 4 starts with a 2.36 ERA in 26.2 innings.

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Cardinals avoid arbitration with two year deal for Jay

The St. Louis Cardinals and Jon Jay have avoided arbitration, the team announced this afternoon. The 30-year-old center fielder agreed to terms on a 2 year deal worth $10.975 million. The deal includes a $1.25 million signing bonus, $3.5 million salary for 2015 and $6.225 million salary for 2016. The total value was originally reported by Derrick Goold.

Jay and the team had been nearing an arbitration hearing, which would have been the first by the Cardinals since 1999. However, the streak has been kept alive.

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