Mark Ellis, who was the Cardinals’ starting second base for several stretches this season when the team’s faith in Kolten Wong wavered, has been left off the roster for the NLDS.
Ellis signed a one-year, $5.25 million deal and then looked washed up at age 37, hitting .180 with zero homers and a .466 OPS in 73 games. Wong, meanwhile, hit .249 with 12 homers, 20 steals, and a .680 OPS in 113 games as a 23-year-old rookie.
In addition to Ellis, the Cardinals also did not include former closer Jason Motte and veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski on the NLDS roster, although we knew that was happening earlier in the week.
Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.
Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.
The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.