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Cardinals' Genesis Cabrera: Added to 40-man roster
Cabrera's contract was selected by the Cardinals on Tuesday.
St. Louis protected Cabrera from the Rule 5 draft by placing him on the 40-man roster. The 22-year-old lefty spent the majority of his 2018 season with the Rays' Double-A Montgomery affiliate before being traded to the Cardinals just prior to the July deadline. He accrued a 4.27 ERA with 145 punchouts over 137 innings at Double-A last season.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Lane Thomas: Added to 40-man roster
Thomas had his contract purchased from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.
The Cardinals added Thomas to their 40-man roster in order to protect the 23-year-old from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. He spent most of the 2018 season with Double-A Springfield, slashing .260/.337/.487 with 21 homers and 13 steals across 100 games before earning a promotion to Memphis. He hit .275/.321/.496 with six homers and four stolen bases in 32 games the rest of the season with the Redbirds. Thomas could make his way to the majors in 2019, though it would likely take multiple injuries for him to land in a significant role.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Ramon Urias: Protected from Rule 5 draft
Urias had his contract selected from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.
Urias was added to the team's 40-man roster in order to protect him from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. The 24-year-old utility man split time between Memphis and Double-A Springfield in 2018 after coming over from the Mexican League, hitting a combined .300/.356/.516 with 13 homers across 90 games. Urias could make his debut in 2019 if he continues to impress at the dish.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Derian Gonzalez: DFA'd by Cardinals
Gonzalez was designated for assignment Tuesday by St. Loius.
Gonzalez was bumped off the 40-man roster prior to the Rule 5 draft to free up space for other minor-league prospects. The Cardinals added Genesis Cabrera, Ryan Helsley, Lane Thomas and Ramon Urias in corresponding moves.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Conner Greene: DFA'd by St. Louis
Greene was designated for assignment by the Cardinals on Tuesday.
In an effort to protect other minor-league prospects from the Rule 5 draft, the Cardinals have shipped Greene off the 40-man roster. Genesis Cabrera, Ryan Helsley, Lane Thomas and Ramon Urias were all added in corresponding moves.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Ryan Helsley: Protected from Rule 5 draft
Helsley (shoulder) was added to the Cardinals' 40-man roster Tuesday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
This move ensures that the 24-year-old right-hander will be protected from being taken in the Rule 5 draft. Helsley was hindered by a shoulder injury in 2018, but he has a 3.77 ERA and 39:12 K:BB in 31 frames against Triple-A competition over the last two seasons. With as much time as he missed in 2018, he likely won't start the season in the majors, but he could find his way to St. Louis if he can maintain his nice K:BB numbers at Memphis.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Williams Perez: Heads to St. Louis on NRI deal
Perez signed a minor-league contract with the Cardinals on Monday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training.
The 27-year-old wasn't able to find a landing spot until June, when the Mariners signed him to a minor-league deal. However, his patience paid off, as he produced a 2.28 ERA in 13 starts at Double-A Arkansas and a 3.15 ERA in four starts for Triple-A Tacoma. Perez has major-league experience as a starter, though with a crowded rotation battle on tap for spring training, his best bet to make the big-league team may be as a long reliever.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Harold Arauz: Latches on with Cardinals
Arauz signed a minor-league contract with the Cardinals on Monday.
Arauz spent the majority of the 2018 season with Double-A Reading, posting a 4.59 ERA and 1.42 WHIP across 131.1 innings (24 starts). He didn't fare much better in his first taste of Triple-A, struggling to a 6.23 ERA and 1.73 WHIP across 8.2 innings (though he did strike out 12 batters in that stretch). Look for the 23-year-old to return to the upper minors in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Mike Hauschild: Inks NRI deal with Cardinals
Hauschild signed a minor-league contract with the Cardinals on Monday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training.
The right-hander started the 2018 season in the Astros organization, but he was released at the end of July after posting just a 4.88 ERA in 19 starts. Hauschild then hopped on with the Blue Jays and managed to log 8.1 innings in the big leagues, allowing four runs on seven hits while producing a 5:4 K:BB. His best bet to make the big-league roster will be as a long reliever, though even that's a long-shot as things stand now.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Tom Layne: Returns to St. Louis on NRI deal
Layne signed a minor-league contract with the Cardinals on Monday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training.
The southpaw had trouble finding a landing spot last season after a horrible 2017 campaign in the majors. The Cardinals took a chance on him, and he responded by posting a 1.35 ERA and a 34:4 K:BB in 26 frames. Layne figures to compete for a spot in the Cardinals' bullpen during spring training, though he'll need to outperform arms like Chasen Shreve, Brett Cecil, Tyler Webb and Hunter Cervenka to avoid starting the season in the minors again.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Rangel Ravelo: Inks minor-league deal with Cards
Ravelo signed a minor-league contract with the Cardinals on Monday.
The deal includes an invitation to spring training. Ravelo has spent each of the last three seasons at Triple-A, hitting .308/.392/.487 with 13 homers across 100 games with the Memphis Redbirds. With Matt Carpenter and Jose Martinez ahead of him on the depth chart, Ravelo looks to be an organizational depth piece in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Hunter Cervenka: Lands MiLB deal with Cardinals
Cervenka agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cardinals on Monday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training.
The left-hander struggled a bit in the majors in 2016 and 2017, but after spending a bit of time in an independent league, he shined with the Tigers' Triple-A affiliate. Cervenka posted a 2.36 ERA and a 31:8 K:BB in 26 frames. He'll have a chance to work his way onto the big-league roster during spring training, but he'll likely have to outperform Chasen Shreve, Brett Cecil and Tyler Webb to avoid spending more time in the minors.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Joe Hudson: Signs with Cardinals
Hudson inked a minor-league contract with St. Louis on Tuesday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Hudson made his major-league debut in 2018, playing in eight games for the Angels after spending a majority of the campaign at the Triple-A level. In just 12 plate appearances with Los Angeles, he went 2-for-12 with a double and one RBI. The 27-year-old will serve as additional catching depth in the Cardinals' system heading into next season.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Francisco Pena: Cast off 40-man roster
Pena was outrighted to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday.
Pena appeared in 28 games for the Cardinals in 2018, slashing .203/.239/.271 with two homers and eight RBI. He'll head into spring training without a spot on the 40-man roster.... See More ... See Less
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