The Cardinals announced that they signed a minor league deal with right handed pitcher Carlos Villanueva yesterday. The former Cub looks to add versatility to the Cardinals’ options in this year’s flier signing.
Villanueva, 31, played for the Cubs in each of the past two seasons and was solid in relief for them both seasons. He posted a 3.03 ERA in 39 innings of relief in 2013 and then followed that up with a 2.64 ERA in 58 innings of relief in 2014, striking out 8.8 batters per 9 innings both years. He wrapped up the 2014 season with a 1.69 ERA in 27 innings after the All Star Break.