Cardinals add depth at pitcher with signing

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KTVI) – The St. Louis Cardinals have added depth to their pitching staff.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have agreed on a minor league contract with Carlos Villanueva. Although the amount of the contract remains unknown, it does include a non-roster invitation to the major league training camp this spring. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 19.

The Post-Dispatch also reported that Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said the signing will add depth to the team’s pitching staff, which includes Michael Wacha on his return from a 2014 shoulder injury. The injury caused the Cardinals to draw back Wacha’s workload towards the end of the season.

Villanueva, 31, comes to the Cardinals with experience starting on the mound and pitching in relief, but most of his experience come from relief. In his 390 major league appearances, 314 came from pitching out of the bullpen. He made 20 starts with Chicago Cubs in the last two seasons that yielded a combined 12-15 record and an average ERA of 4.35. His career record as a reliever, however, is 27-17 with an average ERA of 3.55.