Yesterday we brought you the news that the Cardinals signed infielder Scott Moore to a minor league deal, and the club lost free-agent pitcher Zach Russell to the Texas Rangers. There were a few more moves announced today:
The Cardinals signed Ed Easley to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training
Easley spent 2013 with the Arizona Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate in Reno and hit a solid .334 with 6 home runs and 49 runs batted in. He was drafted by Arizona in the first round (61st overall) in the 2007 draft out of Mississippi State University. Having spent all 7 season with the Diamondbacks organization, Easley’s best season was probably his last one with a career high batting average and the six home runs which tied his career high.
For 2013, Easley will get an invite to Spring Training, but the Cards always invite a ton of catchers to catch all of the pitchers. I don’t see how he could beat out Tony Cruz as the backup. Easley will be fighting for a spot on the Memphis Redbirds with Audry Perez and Travis Tartamella. He has some flexibility, but will most likely see his time behind the plate.
Jamie Romak signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers
Romak just finished his 11th minor league season, 1 1/2 with the Cardinals organization. He primarily played right field for the Redbirds in 2013, but also saw starts at first base, third base, and left field. Romak hit .242 with 22 home runs and 74 runs batted in. On April 8th, Romak hit three home runs in a game. He will be featured in our top-3 single game performances for 2013 which will come out on Tuesday. Check back to see where his game ranked. In his 11 years, Romak’s best season came in 2008 when he was in the Pirates organization, Romak hit 25 home runs and drove in 80 runs between High-A and Double-A.
The loss of Romak opens up a spot in the right field, that will most likely be taken by Stephen Piscotty for 2014. I would love to see him get a call to the big leagues in 2014 with the Dodgers in what will be his 12th minor league season.
Nick Additon signed with the Baltimore Orioles
I bet the Cards hated to see Additon go, but with the stacked farm system there really wasn’t much room. He was the Cardinals 47th round pick in the 2006 draft out of Western High School in Davie, Florida. Additon’s best season in the Cards system came in 2008 when he went 11-5 with a 2.23 ERA between Low-A Quad Cities and High-A Palm Beach. He spent the last 2 1/2 seasons at the highest affiliate but could not break through.
His roster opening will open up a spot in the Memphis’ starting rotation. Currently on the Memphis roster there is one starting pitcher, Boone Whiting. The 2014 rotation will be much different from the 2013 version. Others likely to join Whiting are John Gast, Tyler Lyons, and possibly Tim Cooney and later Zach Petrick.
The Cardinals still have several minor league free-agents including Brock Peterson, Adron Chambers, and Rob Johnson among others. There are also holes to be filled. We will keep you updated on the latest moves.
- Cardinals minors moves: Moore added, Russell gone (cardinalsfarm.com)
- The WAR against Molina (by Chris Tyrrell) (stlcupofjoe.com)
- Arizona Fall League: Final update, player analysis (cardinalsfarm.com)