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Cardinals interested in free agent lefty Sean Burnett

Dec 1, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

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The Cardinals’ most glaring need this offseason is a reliable left-handed reliever. And it appears they’ve begun to seriously consider the available options.

According to MLB.com Nationals beat writer Bill Ladson, the Cards have expressed interest recently in free agent southpaw Sean Burnett, who posted 2.38 ERA in 56 2/3 innings this past summer for Washington while holding left-handed batters to a measly .211/.245/.289 batting line. He has a cool 3.58 career ERA in six-plus major league seasons.

Ladson says Burnett, who turned 30 years old in September, is looking for a four-year contract. It’s not the Cardinals’ style to dish out long-term deals to relievers and it’s hard to see them making an exception here. But they’ll be ready to pounce on the Dunedin, Florida native if his asking price should drop.

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UPDATE, 8:29 PM: Burnett’s agent told MLB Trade Rumors that his client is not looking for a four-year contract. “We are not seeking a four-year deal and it’s crazy to hear such rumors out there,” said the agent.

  1. cardsfanindelaware - Dec 1, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    If Burnett signs for $2 mil yr / 2 yrs I think the Redbirds should sign hime if they feel that they truely need a Lefty specialist. I personally don’t think we need him or any other lefty for the bullpen for that matter. The Cards have Boggs, Rosenthal, and Browning that all are VERY capable of winning the Righty/Lefty batter in the latter innings.

    Now if they could find a sucker(s) to take Marte and Cleto…

    • 78mu - Dec 1, 2012 at 8:54 PM

      Managers are always afraid of being second guessed. You just know Boggs could get left-handers out 20 times in a row but then when he gives up a game winning double to Jason Heyward it will be why didn’t you bring in Rzepczynski? If Rzepczynski comes in and gives up the double to Heyward it’s his fault and not Matheny’s. And Matheny can blame Mo for not getting him a left-hander that can get guys like Heyward out.

      Easier to go with conventional wisdom.

      • paperlions - Dec 1, 2012 at 9:59 PM

        It’s easier to just win and ignore conventional wisdom that is unwise.

        I wouldn’t mind if they added Burnett since he isn’t horrible against righties…but I can’t see any reason to do more than 2 years for a relievers….especially considering all of the quality young arms they have.

      • spudchukar - Dec 2, 2012 at 12:57 PM

        Kinda “meh” about Burnett, with a slight lean to the okay. Was hoping for a move with the Braves for the likes of O’Flarerty, and still hope they take a flyer on the Indians reliever, Perez?, but if they can work out a reasonable deal with Burnett then okay, but if he holds out for a bigger deal, I say pass.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Dec 2, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    If they have to overpay a little to keep it at 2 years fine although I think someone will definitely bite for 3..

    Interesting stuff beyond the great “lefty reliever” search, multiple STL media types and Jim Bowden are reporting the Cards are indeed making a run at Steven Drew – seems they’re not too comfy with Furcal’s alleged “100% healthy” diagnosis.

    • paperlions - Dec 2, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      …and they probably don’t like the asking price for A. Cabrera….whose never been a good defender. I’d rather them sign Drew and pass on trading for Cabrera.

    • stlouis1baseball - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      I am hoping you are right about Stephen Drew. To sign him without breaking the bank would be wonderful. Also a fan of Adsdrubal. But Drew is far superior defensively. Get it done!

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