Not unlike many major league clubs, the St. Louis Cardinals entered the 2011 season with a mix of veterans and less-experienced relievers. Though the four vets were expected to anchor the pen, they ended up dragging their own anchors and soon moved on.
The group of now-ex-Cardinals in the opening day bullpen included Ryan Franklin and Trever Miller, both 38, and Miguel Batista, 40, and Brian Tallet, 33.
As the incumbent closer, Franklin had the furthest to fall. He flamed out quickly, losing the ninth-inning job in April. By the end of June, he was released with an 8.46 ERA. Franklin did not re-sign elsewhere and announced his retirement after the season.
Batista often seemed to be playing with fire as he walked 19 in 29 1/3 innings before his release on June 22. He then signed on with the Mets and pitched for them both in the minors and majors before again becoming a free agent after the season.
Tallet was injured in mid-April and upon his return was undependable. He logged an ...