Cardinals sign Carlos Villanueva

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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.

Brett Cecil placed on 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome

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On Monday, Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil was placed on the 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Cecil, who notably lost 42 pounds since the end of the 2018 season, was having trouble with his mechanics throughout spring training and only logged two official Grapefruit League innings.

Cecil, 32, is entering the third year of his four-year, $30.5 million contract. He struggled last year, finishing with a 6.89 ERA and a 19/25 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. The lefty dealt with shoulder and foot injuries during the season as well.

The Cardinals bolstered the bullpen in December, signing lefty Andrew Miller to a two-year, $25 million deal. It would be nice to have a healthy and effective Cecil, but the high-leverage workload will be managed by Miller and Jordan Hicks as well as Alex Reyes.

Cecil was among a handful of Cardinals to hit the injured list on Monday, joining Carlos Martínez (right shoulder cuff strain), Jedd Gyorko (right calf strain), Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement), and Justin Williams (right hand second metacarpal fracture).