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Cardinals shopping RHP Kyle McClellan

Posted on: January 29, 2012 4:37 pm
Kyle McClellanBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Cardinals are "actively shopping" right-hander Kyle McClellan, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss writes, but general manager John Mozeliak told him he expects McClellan to be with the team when pitchers and catchers report next month.

According to Strauss, the Orioles are the leaders if the Cardinals do indeed move McClellan, who is due $2.5 million next season. The Padres and Diamondbacks are other teams who have expressed interest. However, an Orioles official told's Roch Kubatko that he didn't expect the Cardinals to move McClellan.

The 27-year-old McClellan began 2011 as a starter, but moved back to the bullpen after the team acquired Edwin Jackson. He was not on the team's roster for the division series or World Series. Overall, McClellan was 12-7 with a 4.19 ERA in 43 games and 17 starts last season. He was 6-6 with a 4.21 ERA in his starts and 6-1 with a 4.14 ERA in 26 games. He struck out 76 batters in 141 2/3 innings.

McClellan was a starter in the minors, but didn't start a game in the majors until 2011. He had a 2.27 ERA in 68 games in 2010 with 60 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings. He's 19-22 with a 3.61 ERA in his career, picking up six saves.

THe Cardinals have a surplus of relievers, with Eduardo Sanchez, Lance Lynn, Fernando Salas and Mitchell Boggs as right-handed set-up men for closer Jason Motte, with lefties Marc Rzepczynski and J.C. Romero.

The team could also use the money saved on McClelllan, a St. Louis native, for starter Roy Oswalt, who has expressed interest in joining the Cardinals.

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Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:02 pm

Cardinals shopping RHP Kyle McClellan

Would love to see the Red Sox make an offer for this guy. Chasing Roy Oswalt over the last couple weeks has been tedious at best for fans. Roy WAS great, but haven't we learned about too many aging players on any one team? Sox traded away Josh reddick to the A's for a second line closer basicly. Come on, make a move that will help us, guys! How  about letting the Sox pay for not only McClellan's salary, but we'll throw in Lackey, and his salary this year while we're at it! lol.....

Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:57 pm

Cardinals shopping RHP Kyle McClellan

Roy O is not the same as he was in Houston; don't consider him him unless Duncan returns  soon (we're all praying for your wife), Keep McClellan, unless you can get a solid 2nd baseman in return.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:36 pm

Cardinals shopping RHP Kyle McClellan

Oswalt is done.  Period.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 5:53 pm

Cardinals shopping RHP Kyle McClellan

Cardinal Fever

My post was in responce to your comment I tried to put it in as a reply but it didn't work.
I have not heard anything on the Redbirds resigning Jackson but I wish they would and I can't see why not.
However I think Roy Oswalt would be a good addition. 

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 5:44 pm

Cardinals shopping RHP Kyle McClellan

They are going after Roy Oswalt not Edwin Jackson. I would like to have Jackson back but I don't think it is going to happen.

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 5:18 pm

Cardinals shopping RHP Kyle McClellan

When he is on he's lights out...very good curveball...but he can be hit when he "hangs" one.  Good move to free up some cash to possibly pursue a starter...Jackson maybe?

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