Cardinals sign ex-Blue Jays pitcher Tallet
Left-hander expected to pitch out of bullpen in 2011
In a matter of months, former Blue Jay Brian Tallet could go from being a starter in Toronto to situational relief pitcher in St. Louis.
The Cardinals signed the 33-year-old free agent to a one-year contract.
Tallet became a free agent in August after he refused an assignment to AAA Las Vegas.
The left-hander had a 2-6 record in 34 games last season, including five starts, but his 6.40 earned-run average was the highest in his five full major league seasons.
The 6-6 Tallet also struck out 53 batters in 77 1/3 innings.
However, his numbers against left-handed hitters — 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings and 1.8 walks per nine innings — suggest the native of Oklahoma could excel in a situational role for veteran Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.
St. Louis' starting rotation is set with Adam Wainwright, one-time Blue Jay Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia, Jake Westbrook and Kyle Lohse.