Brett Cecil Signing Adds Veteran Presence to St. Louis Cardinals’ Bullpen

Although Brett Cecil is coming of his worst season in the majors, the Cardinals are betting his 2016 campaign was a fluke.

In a move designed to strengthen their bullpen, the St. Louis Cardinals signed southpaw Brett Cecil last week to a four-year deal worth $30.5 million dollars. General manager John Mozeliak officially welcomed the newest Redbird on Monday, November 21st.

When asked about the move, Mozeliak was quoted as saying: “If we were going to make a splash in the bullpen, he was the one we identified.”

Although Cecil is coming off his worst season since converting to relief full-time in 2013, the Cards are betting his 2016 campaign was a fluke, as he spent roughly six weeks on the DL due to a triceps injury.

Cecil was acquired to fill a void created by injuries. Zach Duke will likely miss the upcoming season due to Tommy John surgery. Additionally, relief pitcher Tyler Lyons‘ status is in question because of a knee injury. This calculated move allows Cecil to complement fellow lefty Kevin Siegrist by adding a stable, veteran presence.

It will be both pitchers’ job to set up the Cardinal closer. This will be welcome news to the ears of Seung-Hwan Oh, who was named the club’s primary closer earlier this year.

Brett Cecil has spent has spent his entire eight-year MLB career with the Toronto Blue Jays. He has a lifetime ERA of 4.20, while posting 41 wins versus 42 loses. However, since becoming a full-time reliever in 2013; the veteran southpaw has posted a 2.90 ERA in 243 appearances.