Cardinals Sign Brian Tallet

The Cardinals signed Brian Tallet to a one-year contract, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter). The southpaw posted 8.6 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9 against lefty batters last year and should continue to be productive against them in Tony La Russa’s bullpen.

The 33-year-old posted a 6.40 ERA with 6.2 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9 in 2010, his fifth season in Toronto. Tallet earned $2MM in 2010 and was headed for a raise through arbitration until the Blue Jays outrighted him to Triple-A. He refused the assignment and hit free agency before I named him as a potential bargain reliever.

The Blue Jays used Tallet as an occasional starter, but Morosi hears that the Cardinals will use him as a reliever. That makes sense, since they have Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia, Jake Westbrook and Kyle Lohse in their rotation.


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95 Comments on "Cardinals Sign Brian Tallet"


TheodoreRoosevelt
4 years 9 months ago

Buahahahaha

AJCBE
4 years 9 months ago

YEEESSSSSS!!!!! (I’m a Blue Jays fan)

Infield Fly
4 years 9 months ago

Yeah, the day definitely just got better!

4 years 9 months ago

Woo Canadians are a tough crowd…

Emanny
4 years 9 months ago

Won’t be saying that once Dave Duncan works his magic.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

lol he’s a pitching coach not a genie

Emanny
4 years 9 months ago

Won’t be saying that once Dave Duncan works his magic.

4 years 9 months ago

Good pick-up for the Cards. Tallet definitly had a very bad year in 2010 but if he becomes effective, he can be a real asset for a team. He can start, he can be your mid or late reliever.

If he can’t stand up from his down 2010 season, well it’s only a one-year contract…

From a Jays fan.

boyofsummer
4 years 9 months ago

I think at this point in his career, he likely will only be effective as a specialist against left-handed batters. When used for multiple innings, he usually manages to put the game out of reach, and not in a good way. When used as a spot starter, he’s mediocre at best, and a good bet to lose the game that day. On the bright side, he’s not a complainer, will do as told, and has a ’70s porn moustache.

4 years 9 months ago

Very bad year is putting it lightly. He was one of the worst 3 pitchers in the league. In before ‘it’s Cito’s fault for not using him properly!’

mojowo11
4 years 9 months ago

It is Cito’s fault. The guy owned lefties last year — a 4.67 K/BB ratio against southpaws (0.82 WHIP). He should be a left-handed reliever, not a starting pitcher. But since Cito started him, he faced 130 more RHB than LHB and got blasted. The Cards are going to use him as a second LOOGY to replace Dennys Reyes, and he should be fine in that role.

Lanidrac
4 years 9 months ago

Combine that proper role with the way La Russa micromanages his lefty relievers, and he should be pretty good. He’d be an early prediction for Comeback Player of the Year if he weren’t a middle reliever.

eviola1
4 years 9 months ago

If you mean it was a good pick for the Cardinals because the Jays can’t possibility re-sign him anymore then yes, “good pick-up.”

Cardinals06
4 years 9 months ago

Tallet has never done well as a starter, the Jays had him starting games in both 09 and 2010. He does better out of the bullpen. So, as long as he’s not starting a game, he shouldn’t have an high era, unless he ends up getting hurt.

Tko11
4 years 8 months ago

Oliver Perez can be an asset to a team if he becomes effective…

Stl_Great
4 years 9 months ago

League Minimum please…

mojowo11
4 years 9 months ago

It’s gotta be minimum or close. He’ll probably compete with that other dude we just signed to be the second lefty in the pen/6th starter.

Stl_Great
4 years 9 months ago

Raul Valdes? He was signed to a minor league contract, I’m guessing tallet’s deal has him in the Majors.

4 years 9 months ago

rual vlades

j6takish
4 years 9 months ago

Were the sideburns included in the deal?

mojowo11
4 years 9 months ago

With LaRue retiring, the Cardinals needed to acquire a majestic mustache this offseason.

4 years 9 months ago

As long as he never faces a single RH batter, he will be fine.

iains
4 years 9 months ago

Should be fine to pitch to the pitcher too!

eviola1
4 years 9 months ago

Probably not.

Craig Cutler
4 years 9 months ago

20 HR’s in 77 innings? Are you kidding me? Can’t wait for Aramis to hit his first of many 7th inning HR’s or later of this clown. WTF Cardinals?

Lance29
4 years 9 months ago

He is a lefty so I doubt he would face Him.

eviola1
4 years 9 months ago

Cardinals management are pretty moronic on this one.

mojowo11
4 years 9 months ago

Actually, the Blue Jays management was moronic to make him a starter. You wouldn’t make Brian Shouse a starter and expect it to go well, would you? Or Trever Miller? Tallet is good against lefties and bad against righties — what did they expect would happen when he started facing twice as many righties as lefties?Tallet will replace Dennys Reyes on the Cardinals as a LOOGY. He’ll face a minimum amount of righties, and he should be a useful, proven tool in the bullpen that will cost the Cardinals almost nothing. How quickly Blue Jays fans forget how effective Tallet was out of the bullpen from 2006-2008 before becoming a crappy starter.You call this moronic, I call it savvy. I’m glad that the Cardinals management is smart enough to look past the guy’s 2010 ERA and HR allowed and acquire a decent lefty specialist for nothing.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

To be fair, what looks like mishandlying by the Jays organization.. Tallet much preferred to be a started and begged for the opportunity. Cito is a loyal man, to a fault and gave Tallet the opportunity to do as he wish, for better or for worse.

He wasn’t “abused” because he wanted a shot, its not like Cito forced him in to the rotation. However he was also equally as bad out of then pen. As long as his hopes of being anything more then a LOOGY dont come in to play this is a decent pick up.
No scott downs though

mojowo11
4 years 9 months ago

I didn’t mean to imply that he was abused. But lots of pitchers wish they were starters, and it’s the manager’s job to be objective about whether to let them start or put them in the bullpen. Think Aaron Heilman — he’s wanted to start for years, but nobody will start him because he sucks, so he’s been a reliever. Tallet should have been in the bullpen, whether he wanted to start or not. In the end, that’s Cito’s fault (and possibly the front office’s fault, too, if they didn’t provide Cito with other viable options).

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

There were other options, its just Cito being Cito. pretty much all that can be said on that topic

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

There were other options, its just Cito being Cito. pretty much all that can be said on that topic

eviola1
4 years 9 months ago

Well actually, we put him in that role for ONE START, just to fill a spot for an injured starter. Then we put him right back into the bullpen. So saying we tried to convert him to a starter is WAY over the top. He was definitely never that effective over those years as you’re making it seem. So if you think this is a savvy acquisition by the Cardinals then I’m glad I’m not a Cardinals fan.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

Cito kept him in to get 20 Homeruns to help him get a contract for his family, its why Arencibia didn’t play down to the stretch.

4 years 9 months ago

He was abused by being used against Right handers last year. He’s a LOOGY, most definetly.

Cardinals06
4 years 9 months ago

He was a starting pitcher in 09 and 010. He’s better out of the bullpen. Back in 08, he had a 2.88 era out of the bullpen. 07, 3.47 era and in 06 he only made 1 start, but had an era of 3.81

mattevilspawn
4 years 9 months ago

That’s not the brightest comment, Craig. The only way that happens is if the Cards are up by 10 in the 7th. I applaud your wild imagination, tho. Keep dreaming. 😉

hardwired7
4 years 9 months ago

Brian Tallet: best mutton chops in baseball history?

He looks like he could captain a river boat down the Mississippi.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

Mcgowan’s Lamb chops > Tallet’s mutton chops

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahhaahhaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahhaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

4 years 9 months ago

I actually kind of feel bad for Tallet. He admitted like 60% through the season that his arm was sore. Yet for the last 2 months of the season, Cito used him the most out of any reliever. Brought him in for multiple innings, 1 run games, against multiple RHB’s, etc. I’m sure in Cito’s twisted mind, he was giving him a chance to earn a contract or whatever. But truth is – he was making it much worse.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t feel bad for players who say they are sore at all.. either get the job done, or hit the DL.. Its not like Tallet was the key piece of a magical playoff run and we needed him to play hurt. There’s no need to pitch through soreness, say you’re hurt, fix whats wrong and come back and still suck.

4 years 9 months ago

this.

Gurvir Nijjar
4 years 9 months ago

does toronto get a pick now ?

quackery
4 years 9 months ago

No. He’s not a type A or B.

4 years 9 months ago

You don’t get picks for Type E’s.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

Nope, in fact Jays have to give up their 1st round draft pick to the cardinals now

Troutman
4 years 9 months ago

Take frasor and you have a deal

4 years 9 months ago

If Tallet is a Type B, then Derek Jeter deserved his Gold Glove and a 6/150M$ contract.

4 years 9 months ago

Toronto should be giving a pick for this.

edit- wow, slow pony.

4 years 9 months ago

this move is good. lefty specialist on the cheap with the potential for a rebound? exactly what i wanted.

eviola1
4 years 9 months ago

Trust me you don’t want this. Trust me.

mojowo11
4 years 9 months ago

Yes we do, actually, as long as he isn’t starting or pitching much against righties.

eviola1
4 years 9 months ago

OUR PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED!

TdotsFinest
4 years 9 months ago

Thank you God!

cardinalmike
4 years 9 months ago

Consider that Tallet was hurt for much of 2010 and tried to pitch through it without much success. Consider, also, that Tallet is going from thr AL East to the NL Central. This is potentially a very good get.

Ferrariman
4 years 9 months ago

ugh…..more low hanging fruit. Figures with this frustrating organization.

mojowo11
4 years 9 months ago

When the role you’re filling is second-in-line left-handed-specialist, you’re doing something wrong if you’re not filling that role with low-hanging fruit. Spending significant money to acquire someone with “a name” who’s just going to throw 40 innings would be patently idiotic.

4 years 9 months ago

I like this signing too. He’s gotta be better than Dennys Reyes…

4 years 9 months ago

i don’t see what the problem is. he did fine against lefties last year and we need a LOOGY. no need to spend actual money on a LOOGY.

4 years 9 months ago

are you people kidding me its a half an hour after we signed him and your already complaining about this deal how bout you guys be the real cards fans and appreciate that we got a guy like this hes coming to work with dave duncan which means alot so the past is history im sure hes looking to move on from last seasons misques. although this isnt the left handed reliever i wanted st. louis to get this offseason its still a decent move and thats all we need right now ways to tweak our team not drastically improve

lazerball
4 years 9 months ago

um

rayking
4 years 9 months ago

punctuation please.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 9 months ago

Oh, no, he meant to write the world’s longest and most confusing sentence.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 9 months ago

Oh, no, he meant to write the world’s longest and most confusing sentence.

leachim2
4 years 9 months ago

say what

TdotsFinest
4 years 9 months ago

coming from a jays fan who doesnt miss a single game….Tallet is the most frustrating pitcher u will ever watch pitch. literally our prayers have been answered. he gives up more homeruns then singles and he thinks hes an ace. although, good numbers against lefties, he is another year older and on the decline. hes a nice guy if its any consolation tho

4 years 9 months ago

“he thinks hes an ace”

What?

TdotsFinest
4 years 9 months ago

ok im over-exadurating a bit lol but remember before the season started and he was saying that he deserved to be in the starting rotation even though his numbers in spring were aweful.

lazerball
4 years 9 months ago

Has everyone on this site collectively forgotten how sentences work?

TdotsFinest
4 years 9 months ago

sorry grammar teacher. this is a sports thread, not an essay im writing to Obama.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 9 months ago

You misspelled awful…

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 9 months ago

You misspelled awful…

lazerball
4 years 9 months ago

Has everyone on this site collectively forgotten how sentences work?

TdotsFinest
4 years 9 months ago

ok im over-exadurating a bit lol but remember before the season started and he was saying that he deserved to be in the starting rotation even though his numbers in spring were aweful.

4 years 9 months ago

“he thinks hes an ace”

What?

mojowo11
4 years 9 months ago

That’s all well and good, but like you said, he’s good against lefties, and that’s what he’s going to do on the Cardinals. I’m sure it was frustrating to watch him be a crappy starter, but he won’t be starting on the Cardinals. Don’t forget how good he was out of the bullpen for the Jays from 2006-2008, before they made him a starter and he faced a ton of RHB.

TdotsFinest
4 years 9 months ago

he had some good years as a reliever and thats all he should ever be. cito made him the number 2 starter which was a joke. hopefully for cards fans he can regain his ’09 form and be solid in the pen but i highly doubt it.

sadp
4 years 9 months ago

I’m glad he got a job. He seemed like a very nice guy.
That’s all I have to say.

nother
4 years 9 months ago

I’m with you, sadp.

Ian_Smell
4 years 9 months ago

Losing Halladay and Tallet in two consecutive off-seasons must be rough for a franchise.

TdotsFinest
4 years 9 months ago

LOL

TdotsFinest
4 years 9 months ago

LOL