Cardinals Sign Scott Linebrink

The Cardinals have signed Scott Linebrink to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to Spring Training, B.J. Rains of FOXSportsMidwest tweets. SFX represents the right-hander.

Linebrink posted a 3.64 ERA with 7.0 K/9, 3.5 BB/9 and a 38.8% ground ball rate in 54 1/3 innings for the Braves in 2011. The 35-year-old owns a 3.51 ERA with 7.8 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 12 MLB seasons. The Angels were the one team that was publicly linked to Linebrink this offseason. Given their interest in Luis Ayala and others, it appears that GM Jerry Dipoto still seeks relief help.

The Cardinals have also added J.C. Romero and R.J. Swindle to the bullpen mix since winning the 2011 World Series.


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  1. Braves fans exhale everywhere…

    • Dan 3 years ago

      for one month this guy was untouchable, for the rest of the time he got lit up. sounds like a great fit for the cardinals huh?

  2. Wilsonl 3 years ago

    Decent!

  3. I’m thinking he’s the veteran right handed for the pen we’ve been looking for.

    • daveineg 3 years ago

       He’s the veteran Brewer fans were looking for the Cardinals to sign.  In other words, if Linebrink’s the answer, then you don’t want to know the question.

  4. Linebrink will be a nice addition if he continues to be effective.

  5. Travis White 3 years ago

    Stole him from under the Angels noses. Now they know how it feels! (sarcasm)

    • $7562574 3 years ago

      we never stole anyone except torii hunter from the rangers. if you are talking about pujols your management previously gave up re-signing him to the 10 year contract.

      • catch21_2 3 years ago

        ..and it will turn out to be the best deal Mo has made.

        • $7562574 3 years ago

          it will be also one of the best free agent signing for the angels. ours is just totally on a different scale than yours.

          • catch21_2 3 years ago

            I have no idea what you’re saying, but go get ’em, tiger!  

            Call me when the Angels win a few more World Series and then we can talk.  Perhaps that is this “totally different scale” you speak of.

  6. Jimbo504 3 years ago

    minor league deal, solid depth signing. and it sounds like Oswalt will end up in STL too since the Rangers are out.

  7. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Getting harder and harder (again) to figure who gets a major and who gets a minor league deal…

  8. Typical Duncan restoration project… move along, nothing to see here.

  9. Ferrariman 3 years ago

    was LInebrink the guy who got Freese in the wrist and made him miss two months? 

  10. BranchRickeysGhost 3 years ago

    I see the dumpster diving didn’t end with LaRussa retiring.

  11. It’s kinda weird. Braves always seem to have a reliever they want to acquire in a trade each season, don’t get him then sign him to a deal a few years later or actually get them in a trade, then they never resign them. 

  12. I’m not sure if he’s really on the list at this point, but I don’t think this signing will affect that list.  It’s just a minor league contract.

  13. $7562574 3 years ago

    the small market cardinals could not match what a bigger market team was able to offer. for the angels, they are already reaping the most of what it costs to have pujols over 10 years. 

  14. $7562574 3 years ago

    cool!

  15. Linebrink wasn’t bad last year, a lot better than he was the previous two years in Chicago.

  16. You actually think Duncan is going to come back, move along. LOL, nope he is done. Family is MUCH more important than the St Louis WLB’s

  17. Salmon4Coach 3 years ago

    I would say the same but the case is that Cards really didn’t care about Pujols. That’s what i believe and i’ll leave it at that.

  18. Scott Roberts 3 years ago

    Very bad deal

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