The Cardinals introduced Thursday that they’ve signed right-hander Casey Lawrence to a minor league contract. Lawrence, a consumer of the Massive League Administration Firm, opted out of a minor league cope with the Blue Jays earlier this week. The Playing cards have assigned him to Triple-A Memphis in the intervening time.
The 35-year-old Lawrence has appeared in elements of three large league seasons, pitching 96 2/3 frames however struggling to a 6.80 ERA. He has a significantly better observe file in Triple-A, the place he’s logged a 3.80 ERA in elements of eight seasons (544 1/3 innings). He additionally spent the 2019 season pitching abroad in Japan’s Nippon Skilled Baseball, the place he recorded a 4.51 ERA in 105 2/3 innings.
Lawrence has spent the season up to now with the Jays’ Triple-A membership, logging a 4.67 ERA with a 20.5% strikeout charge, 7.3% stroll charge and 45% ground-ball charge in 90 2/3 innings.
The Cardinals have been stockpiling skilled pitching depth over the previous week. Along with Lawrence, they’ve additionally added reliever Jacob Barnes on a minor league pact and signed Ryan Tepera to an enormous league deal, designating southpaw Genesis Cabrera for task with a purpose to clear a spot for the veteran righty.