In the latest sign the bullpen market has exploded, veteran southpaw Brett Cecil has reportedly agreed to a four-year contract with the Cardinals. The team has not yet confirmed the news.
Cecil, 30, has spent the last eight seasons with the Blue Jays, the team that originally drafted him 38th overall in 2007 draft. He had a 3.93 ERA (110 ERA+) with 45 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings around a torn lat muscle in 2016. This was his first venture out into free agency.
Earlier this offseason St. Louis lost trade deadline pickup Zach Duke to Tommy John surgery, taking away one of their two bullpen lefties.
The Blue Jays did not make Cecil the $17.2 million qualifying offer and therefore will not receive a draft pick for losing him in free agency.