Cardinals To Sign Pat Neshek

FRIDAY: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Neshek will earn $1MM if he makes the big league club (Twitter link).

THURSDAY: The Cardinals have agreed to a minor league deal with right-handed reliever Pat Neshek, reports Keith Olbermann of ESPN.com (via Twitter) (hat tip to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch). The 33-year-old gets a Spring Training invitation.

Neshek threw 40 1/3 innings last year for the Athletics, posting a 3.35 ERA. He elected free agency after the season, after accepting an outright assignment earlier in the year. The side-armer has been devastating against righties over his career, facing 555 batters and limiting them to a .181/.257/.315 mark. Opposite-handed hitters, however, have fared much better: in 326 plate appearances, lefties have put up a .237/.328/.432 mark against Neshek.


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24 Comments on "Cardinals To Sign Pat Neshek"


Nick
1 year 6 months ago

Another pitcher? Thought the Cards were still seeking some pop off the bench from the right side…

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 6 months ago

Like all minor league deals this obviously prevents the cards from signing any other players this offseason

Jeffy25
1 year 6 months ago

:clap:

VanHicklestein
1 year 6 months ago

2013 called.

Bradleyd222
1 year 6 months ago

They should be, but they don’t seem to be, pretty well set. Would Nelson Cruz take a 1 year deal and come off the bench? That was a joke, but they have the money to make that happen.

OaklandFan22
1 year 6 months ago

Best of luck to Pat! Loved him when he was in Oakland. I will never forget the game in the playoffs after his son died and he pitched a scoreless inning.

Will Schmitz
1 year 6 months ago

That’s awful. Good for him.

DerekJeterDan
1 year 6 months ago

Neshek on a Minor League Deal or Rodney for 14 Million over 2 years? Simple.
Nice signing for the Cardinals, this guy destroys Right Handed Hitters.

Jeffy25
1 year 6 months ago

M’s won this round (sarcasm)

JaysFan1996
1 year 6 months ago

Side arm slinging we are singing…

blake
1 year 6 months ago

Should’ve invited Chuckie Fick to ST.

R David S
1 year 6 months ago

Did you just create a profile to make a Chuckie Fick comment?

R David S
1 year 6 months ago

Did you just create a profile to make a Chuckie Fick comment?

Dbacksfan44
1 year 6 months ago

I am surprised he did not get a major league deal. He is great against righties and although much worse against lefties, he still puts up decent numbers against them. I don’t see how Carlos Marmol gets a MLB deal but Neshek, who has a 3.07 career ERA, can’t get one

Anthony
1 year 6 months ago

I don’t see that he is “much worse” against left-handed batters. .237 batting average? Excellent. .328 OBP, above average performance for sure!

Anthony
1 year 6 months ago

I don’t see that he is “much worse” against left-handed batters. .237 batting average? Excellent. .328 OBP, above average performance for sure!

someguy
1 year 6 months ago

Lefties aren’t necessarily poison to him, but the .237/.328/.432 career line he’s given up to lefties is certainly much worse than the .181/.257/.315 he’s allowed righties.

Philip
1 year 6 months ago

This is a signing from the Cardinals standpoint to have a situational stopper in October……. example – the Dodgers that hit RH include Hanley, Kemp, Puig & Uribe.

Bradleyd222
1 year 6 months ago

Motte may not be 100% ready, and in his best interest could be put on the 15 day DL to start the year and only miss 10 games or so, this is a GREAT pickup by the Cardinals. I am surprised that he didn’t get a ML contract, I don’t see how they won’t give him a chance if his arm is still attached at the end of ST. Delaying the service clock on a young reliever would in the long run be worth MUCH more than the $1M he’ll make.

Mark another offseason win down for Mo…..

jarek redman
1 year 6 months ago

You know he’s going to come in and pitch a sub-2.0 ERA in that bullpen. That’s just how the Cardinals operate. Unfortunately.

Bradleyd222
1 year 6 months ago

Nah, he’ll have something around a 2.50 ERA and in the playoffs against the Dodgers, he’ll shut down the middle of their order RH’s every game they play….

Bradleyd222
1 year 6 months ago

Nah, he’ll have something around a 2.50 ERA and in the playoffs against the Dodgers, he’ll shut down the middle of their order RH’s every game they play….

0vercast
1 year 6 months ago

Good luck, Pat! You couldn’t have found a better landing spot. Next to R.A. Dickey, Neshek is the nicest, most personable athlete I’ve ever met.

Grayson Gallegos
1 year 6 months ago

Along with being a Cards fan, I also love METAL. Neshek is also a fan of Metal so I’m glad he’s with the Cards.