Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have signed right-hander Carlos Villanueva to a minor-league deal.
Villanueva is coming off a two-year, $10 million deal with the Cubs, during which he threw 206 innings with a 4.27 ERA split between the rotation and bullpen.
He’s bounced back and forth between roles for basically his entire career, giving the Cardinals some flexibility along with the additional depth. Villanueva has a 4.26 ERA in 863 career innings, including an ERA between 4.00 and 4.65 in five straight seasons.
The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?
Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.