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Cardinals Add Bullpen Depth With First Post-Lockout Free Agent Signing

Devon Platana
The St. Louis Cardinals have added some bullpen depth wth the first post-lockout free-agent signing.
The St. Louis Cardinals have added some bullpen depth wth the first post-lockout free-agent signing. / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Baseball is back on the table after the MLB and MLBPA reached a labor agreement on Thursday to end the 2021-22 lockout. Clubs are now free to make free-agent signings and it didn't take long for the St. Louis Cardinals to make the first post-lockout era deal.

The Cardinals added some bullpen depth Friday by signing former Detroit Tigers righty Drew VerHagen to a two-year, $5.5 million contract.

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VerHagen has spent each of his six MLB seasons with the Tigers from 2014 to 2019. He made 127 appearances (eight starts) over that stretch, pitching to a 10-10 record, 5.11 ERA and 1.427 WHIP in 199.0 innings pitched.

The Tigers released VerHagen in November 2019, leading to him spending the last two seasons with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. He finished his tenure with a 13-14 record in 38 appearances, recording a 3.88 ERA and 1.169 WHIP in 208.2 IP.

Although the signing does give St. Louis some bullpen depth, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said that the organization thinks that VerHagen could "compete for a starting job."

The Cardinals currently have +1800 odds (T-No. 11) to win the 2022 World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. If VerHagen can translate his success in Japan to the majors, St. Louis will be a better team because of it.

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