Cunningham signed a minor league contract with the Cardinals on Wednesday, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports. The veteran outfielder most recently washed out of the Angels' system. This is a fifth outfielder's profile, and given the Cardinals' depth at that position, Cunningham should spend most of 2017 at Triple-A.
Cunningham was designated for assignment Tuesday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. With Tyler Skaggs returning, the Angels opted to make room by designating Cunningham for assignment. Cunningham struggled to perform at the plate during his time with Los Angeles, going just 4-for-27 with six strikeouts. If Cunningham doesn't get picked up by another team, it's likely he'll end up at Triple-A Salt Lake, where he owns a .292/.387/.399 line.
Cunningham is expected to be called up Wednesday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports. With outfielders Daniel Nava and Shane Robinson dealing with injuries, the Angels are looking to add some outfield depth. There's currently no news of either of those players heading to the DL, so it's unclear exactly how much playing time Cunningham would see if he is called up.
Cunningham was designated for assignment by the Angels on Saturday, Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register reports. Cunningham notched a trio of starts after being called up last Saturday, but he struggled to notch just one hit in 12 at-bats. The switch-hitter will now be removed from the 40-man roster and will likely land back at Triple-A Salt Lake if he passes through waivers unclaimed. The move comes in response to the need to free up a 40-man spot for Tim Lincecum, who will start Saturday's game.
Cunningham will make a second straight start in left field Sunday against the Indians and will bat sixth in the order, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. The Angels have been cycling through left field options all season, and the slumping Rafael Ortega recently demoted to Triple-A Salt Lake, it appears the wheel has landed on Cunningham for now. While the allure of increased at-bats might put Cunningham on the radar in AL-only formats, his career batting line of .214/.267/.255 across 105 plate appearances gives him very limited appeal in mixed leagues.