A source close to the Cardinals’ organization is informing me that the club has an offer out to righthanded reliever Felix Rodriguez. Details of the team’s proposal are not yet known. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch previously reported that the Cards were close to signing Rodriguez on December 21st.
The 33 year-old reliever has pitched 556 innings in his career, posting a 3.51 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. Rodriguez’s prime came with the Giants. In 2001, he won 9 games with a 1.68 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 80 innings for San Francisco. Torn knee cartilage limited Rodriguez to 32 ineffective innings this year for the Yankees.
The Cards’ proposal is likely in the range of $2-3MM for one year. The team has already added Braden Looper, Ricardo Rincon, and possibly Sidney Ponson for their 2006 bullpen.