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Cardinals DFA Veteran Reliever Ahead of Monday's 26-Man Roster Deadline

Adam Taylor McKillop
The St. Louis Cardinals designated veteran reliever Aaron Brooks for assignment ahead of Monday's 26-man roster deadline.
The St. Louis Cardinals designated veteran reliever Aaron Brooks for assignment ahead of Monday's 26-man roster deadline. / Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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The St. Louis Cardinals played above-average baseball through the month of April, kicking off May with a 12-9 record and in second place in the NL Central. Monday marks an important roster deadline, as all 30 teams around baseball must cut their active rosters from 28 to 26 players.

St. Louis made two moves ahead of Monday's deadline, including designated veteran reliever Aaron Brooks for assignment and optioned lefty reliever Packy Naughton to Triple-A Memphis.

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Brooks has been one of the only issues with St. Louis' bullpen thus far, evidenced by his troubling 7.71 ERA. That's in comparison to the Cardinals' overall bullpen ERA, which ranks sixth at 2.92.

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The veteran reliever signed with St. Louis back in January as simply a depth option to eat up innings. He hadn't pitched in the MLB since 2019 (with the Baltimore Orioles) and owns just a 6.55 ERA through five years of professional experience.

Naughton is a younger reliever who continues to find his footing in the MLB. The lefty threw just 1.1 innings of no-run baseball in April, and at just 26 years old, has plenty of opportunity to continue refining his repertoire.

St. Louis kicks off the week with a matinee baseball matchup against the Kansas City Royals. St. Louis looks for their 13th win of the season, favored -166 on the moneyline according to FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB Odds.

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