The Cardinals will add RHP Pat Neshek and RHP Keith Butler to the Opening Day roster. The team also added that IF Pete Kozma will also travel with the team to Cincinnati in case 2B Mark Ellis needs to be placed on the DL.
The Cardinals option RHP Jorge Rondon to Memphis. They also assign OF Stephen Piscotty, IF Scott Moore, C Ed Easley, RHP Scott McGregor, and RHP David Aardsma to Memphis. They also outright OF Joey Butler to Memphis.
Kevin Reynolds and I are back on the air with tonight’s UCB Radio. We talk about the fifth starter “competition,” the bullpen setup, the Aardsma signing, and how Jon wants to trade Pete Kozma for Miguel Cabrera.
The St. Louis Cardinals have added reliever David Aardsma to the bullpen competition with just days left in spring training. Aardsma spent the rest of the spring with the Cleveland Indians, but after being told he wasn’t going to win a roster spot, opted for his release so he could pursue other options. One of those was with the Cardinals.
He arrived in Florida today and already has a jersey with the #53 hanging in his locker. The team has said he is likely to get two pitching appearances to make his case for the bullpen. He is signed on a minor league contract.
Aardsma, 32, spent last season with the New York Mets where he had a 4.31 ERA over 39.2 innings. He spent 2009 and 2010 as the closer for the Seattle Mariners, accumulating 69 saves.
The addition of Aardsma creates some interesting scenarios for the Cardinals going forward. Continue reading
Entering this spring, the Cardinals made it out like there was a competition to be had in their starting rotation with Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller, Lance Lynn, Jaime Garcia, Joe Kelly, and Carlos Martinez. Those six pitchers were battling it out for four spots. That was the narrative at Winter Warm-Up anyway. One that I dismissed at the time.
Adam Wainwright is locked in. Shelby Miller? How do you tell a top-3 Rookie of the Year finisher that he’s being demoted to the bullpen. Michael Wacha? The guy took two no-hitters into the ninth inning last year and outdueled the $30 million man twice in the same playoff series. Lance Lynn? He’s only the winningest starting pitcher in the NL since the beginning of the 2012 season. Jaime Garcia? Well, you’re paying him like a starter. He better be a starter.
The rotation was set. Joe Kelly and Carlos Martinez were looking at the St. Louis bullpen or the Memphis rotation if everyone stayed healthy. Continue reading
The Cardinals option OF Randal Grichuk to Memphis.