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ST. LOUIS The St. Louis Cardinals announced today the they have signed veteran catcher Rob Johnson to a minor league contract with the Memphis Redbirds (AAA) and extended him a non-roster invite to the teams 2013 Spring Training camp. The Cardinals also announced that pitcher Kyle McClellan was given his unconditional release.
Johnson, 30, split time between the New York Mets and the Mets Triple-A affiliate Buffalo in 2012. The right-handed hitting Johnson was a member of the Seattle Mariners from 2007-10 before being dealt to San Diego prior to the 2011 season. He signed a minor league free agent contract with the Mets prior to 2012.
The 6-1, 220-pound Montana native has compiled a .201 career batting mark with eight home runs and 62 RBI in 245 games. He batted .250 in 17 games with the Mets last season.
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On the St. Louis Cardinals injury front, general manager John Mozeliak feels both pitcher Jaime Garcia and shortstop Rafael Furcal have “positive outcomes” in their respective rehabs, as relayed by the Post-Dispatch.
However, the reports leave this reader with several questions.
Garcia was out from June 6 through August 18, then was returned to the disabled list early in the...
The St. Louis Cardinals have released veteran reliever Kyle McClellan, a St. Louis County native who spent five seasons with the team.
McClellan appeared in just 16 games in 2012 because of elbow and shoulder problems. He was 0-1 with a 5.30 ERA.
The Cardinals also announced Tuesday the signing of catcher Rob Johnson to a minor league contract. Johnson is a career .201 hitter....
The St. Louis Cardinals released pitcher Kyle McClellan and signed catcher Rob Johnson to a minor league deal that includes a major league spring training invitation.
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Left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes, a 12-year veteran who led the American League with 48 saves in 2009, announced his retirement. Fuentes, 37, told his hometown newspaper, the Merced Sun-Star, that the decision came down to spending more time with his family. "I think at one point I went like two months without seeing them," he said, according to the Sun-Star. "...
The St. Louis Cardinals cut ties with oft-injured
right-hander Kyle McClellan yesterday, ending the 28-year-old’s 10-year run
with the club, reports Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
"When you look at the situation from my standpoint you
see that they have a lot of young, exciting arms coming up and they're excited
about that and have every reason...
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Rob Johnson, who appeared in 17 games for the Mets last season, has signed a minor league deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. Johnson also received an invite to major league camp.
Johnson, 29, finished the season on the DL with a torn ligament in his left thumb, which did not require surgery. He batted .250 in 17 games with the Mets after batting .207 with a .588 OPS for Triple-A...