Over the past few days it has come to my attention that the Cardinals could use some left-handed relief help in the bullpen. No, adding bullpen help is not vital, but who can have enough pitching? So, I am here to give you just a few options that the Cardinals have to pick from on the free agent market.
Before I do that, lets take a look at what the Cardinals ‘pen would look like if the season started today. Bullpen locks for the 2017 season are guys like Seung-Hwan Oh, Trevor Rosenthal (no, he’s not a starter), Kevin Siegrist, Brett Cecil, Jonathan Broxton and Matt Bowman. However, there are always possible options like Miguel Socolovich, Sam Tuivailala and Tyler Lyons (if healthy). And even Michael Wacha or Alex Reyes, whoever doesn’t make the starting rotation.
Now, lets check out some of the available free agent left-handed relief pitchers.
Wood, 29, is an Arkansas native who has played seven total years in the major leagues. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2005 amateur draft, and after playing two season with the Reds, he has played the past five years for the Chicago Cubs.
In 2016, Wood pitched 61.0 innings in 77 games, while he held a 2.95 earned run average. In his career, he has pitched a total of 900.0 innings with an even 4.00 ERA.
Not only is Wood a left-handed pitcher the Cardinals are looking for, he can also play in the outfield.
MLBTradeRumors.com predicts that Travis Wood will sign a three-year/$21M deal.
Logan, 32, is an eleven year MLB veteran, who was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 2002 amateur draft. Throughout his career, Logan has played for the White Sox, Braves, Yankees and most recently the Colorado Rockies.
Last season, Logan appeared in 66 games while pitching only 46.1 innings with a 3.69 earned run average. In his career, he has an overall 4.45 ERA in 410.1 innings.
MLBTradeRumors.com predicts that Boone Logan will sign a two-year/$12M deal.
Blevins, 33, has played ten years in the major leagues, after being drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 2004 amateur draft out of Ohio. In his career, Blevins has played seven seasons with Oakland Athletics, one season with the Washington Nationals and the past two seasons with the New York Mets.
This past season with New York, Blevins hosted a 2.79 ERA in 42.0 innings over 73 total games. Overall, Blevins has pitched 371.1 innings with a 3.44 earned run average, throughout his ten year career.
Will the Cardinals end up signing one of these three left-handed relievers? Probably not. But, if they did, who would you prefer? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @The_Easton.
Thank you for reading and Go Cardinals!