Cardinals add RHP Carlos Villanueva for flexibility

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.

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Cardinals acquire catcher Michael Ohlman from Baltimore

The Cardinals announced today that they have acquired catcher Michael Ohlman from the Baltimore Orioles for cold, hard cash. Ohlman was DFA’d by the Orioles after they acquired Travis Snider last week.

An 11th round pick whose whose future looked bright after a stellar 2013 where he won the Carolina League batting title. His slash line was .313/.410/.524 with 13 homers. Except this past season he was promoted to Double-A where he hit a wall, hitting just .236 with 2 homers.

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Cardinals acquire IF Ty Kelly

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have acquired infielder Ty Kelly from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for RHP Sam Gaviglio. Kelly has been added to the Cardinals’ 40 man roster, which will protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. Today was the last day to add players to the 40 man roster to protect them ahead of December’s Rule 5 Draft.

Kelly, 26, was a 13th round pick by Baltimore in the 2009 draft from UC Davis (notably, the same school that Daniel Descalso played his college ball). A switch hitting infielder, Kelly has appeared at every position except catcher in his minor league career, playing mainly second and third bases.  Last season in Triple-A, Kelly posted a line of .263/.381/.412 with 15 home runs in 134 games.

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Cardinals kick off their offseason

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have acquired RF Jason Heyward and RHP Jordan Walden from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for RHP Shelby Miller and RHP Tyrell Jenkins. It was certainly a big deal for both sides, especially for the Braves who have a new GM and was looking to some moves and shake things up a bit on a team that has fallen short of expectations the last few years.

For the Cardinals, I already wrote about their two biggest needs this offseason being right field and the bullpen. John Mozeliak continued his string of smart moves and fixed both problems with a single move.

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Cardinals sign IF Dean Anna, 3 minor leaguers

The first move of the offseason is in and it’s a mild one. The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have signed infielder Dean Anna and assigned him to the 40 man roster. The team has also signed RHP Marcus Hatley, RHP Miguel Socolovich, and re-signed infielder Scott Moore to minor league contracts.

Anna, 27, split last season between the Yankees and Pirates Triple-A affiliates, hitting a combined .207/.325/.308 with 2 homers in 65 games between the two teams. He played in 12 games in the Majors for the Yankees last year as well, going 3-for-22, with a home run. It was a disappointment following a 2013 campaign where he led the Pacific Coast League with a .331 batting average and was a PCL All Star.

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