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Cardinals sign Pat Neshek

Feb 6, 2014, 11:03 PM EDT

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The Cardinals have signed right-hander Pat Neshek to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Neshek, 33, posted a 3.35 ERA and 29/15 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings over 45 relief appearances with the Athletics last season. The sidearmer elected free agency after being outrighted off the 40-man roster in November.

The Cardinals already have a pretty talented group of relievers in place, so Neshek will likely need things to go his way in order to make the Opening Day roster, but he’s nice depth to have around.

  1. nymets4ever - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Yet another solid piece for the deepest team in baseball…

  2. gibbyfan - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    I guess there wasn’t much of a cost involved—-but the last thing I expected to see was for the Cards to sign a guy like this………Wouldn’t be surprised if Mo is thinking of some kind of a deal down the road. Seems like he has a loaded bullpen already.

    • paperlions - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      It’s a minor league deal. No 40 man spot; he could easily be sent to AAA if he isn’t needed out of ST. No harm in having depth that may allow for some flexibility in how they handle their young pitchers….better to have a reliable veteran reliever to call up than to interrupt the development of a starter by calling him up to help the big club….most of their good AA and AAA arms are all capable of starting and will be starting in the minors…they don’t have a whole lot in the way of relievers (i.e. guys that have already shown they can’t start but that have the stuff to be effective out of the pen).

      • spudchukar - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        And the next three most likely candidates to emerge from the Cards system are all lefties, Stopplemann, Cooney, and Gonzales. Just a little insurance.

  3. happytwinsfan - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    i loved to watch this guy pitch. he was always pumped up, in constant motion between pitches, pitching at fast pace, flipping those submarine pitches with everything he had. too bad that after his surgery, everything he had was often not enough.

    during 2006 – 2007, anytime from the 7th on that the twins starter needed it, they could flip over to GNN time – gueirrer (matt), neshek, nathan. dem was da days.

  4. madhatternalice - Feb 7, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    I feel like Pat Neshek has been around forever. I was surprised to read that he is only 33.

  5. kyleshabram - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Great low risk signing. His delivery looks so different than anyone else in the bullpen, and he’s a reliable veteran. If he is in AAA at the beginning of the season, that’s a great thing- because it means the Card’s bullpen is healthy!

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