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Report: Cardinals sign LHP Brett Cecil to 4-year deal

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The Cardinals have reportedly signed left-handed reliever Brett Cecil to a four-year, $30.5 million deal, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports and FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The signing is pending a physical, and while the team has yet to officially announce anything, Passan explained that Cecil’s new contract could set the bar even higher for relief pitchers this offseason.

Passan added that the tipping point for Cecil was likely the Cardinals’ willingness to commit to four years, as other interested parties had proposed three-year deals that did not come to fruition.

Cecil, 30, completed his eighth and final year with the Blue Jays in 2016, logging a career-low 36 2/3 innings as he worked his way back from a torn lat muscle. During the regular season, he posted a 3.93 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 45 strikeouts and returned in the postseason for six appearances as the Blue Jays battled through the Division and Championship Series. When healthy, his track record as a full-time reliever looked considerably more impressive: from 2013-2015, the left-hander put up a 2.67 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 11.5 K/9 rate over 168 1/3 innings in Toronto.

Blue Jays call up Cavan Biggio

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Cavan Biggio, son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has been called up by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Biggio, 24, was a fifth round selection in the 2016 draft. So far this year he has put up a .307/.445/.504 batting line with six home runs and five steals Triple-A Buffalo. He’s a utility guy of sorts, having spent time at first, second, third and all three outfield positions so far this year. He, perhaps ironically, has not caught yet in his pro career, nor does he play short. Still, that kind of flexibility in a young player can be pretty useful in this age of big bullpens. Especially if he continues to rake like he has. He’ll likely mostly play second base for the Jays starting out.

With Vlad Guerrero Jr. playing third base every day, Toronto now has two sons of Hall of Famers on their roster. That’s pretty neat.