Cardinals sign two to minor-league deals

November 18, 2013 

— The St. Louis Cardinals on Monday signed minor- league free agents Scott Moore and Ed Easley to contracts with Class AAA Memphis. The deals include invitations to major-league spring training.

Moore, 30, has spent 11 years in professional baseball and parts of five seasons with three different organizations. He originally was a first-round pick (eighth overall) by the Detroit Tigers in the 2002 draft out of Cypress High School in California.

The left-handed-hitting infielder made his big-league debut with the Chicago Cubs in 2006 and has played in 152 games, posting a career .242 batting average with 16 home runs and 53 RBIs.

Moore most recently played with the Houston Astros during the 2012 season, batting .259 with nine home runs and 26 RBI in 52 games.

Last season, Moore played in 120 games at the Triple-A level between the Sacramento (Oakland Athletics) and Tucson (San Diego Padres) affiliates in the Pacific Coast League.

He primarily played third base and left field and batted .271 with 33 doubles, 14 home runs and 66 RBIs. He was named PCL Batter of the Week for May 20-27.

Easley, 27, was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round supplemental phase (61st overall) of the 2007 first-year player draft out of Mississippi State University, where he won the Johnny Bench Award presented to the nation's top collegiate catcher.

The right-handed hitter advanced as high as Triple-A Reno last season, batting .334 with six home runs and 49 RBIs in 87 games.

He batted .369 (31-for-84) with runners in scoring position and hit left-handed pitchers at a .391 clip (27-for-69).

Easley was the Diamondbacks' organization co-player of the month for August. Defensively, he led PCL catchers by throwing out 36 percent of attempted base-stealers and posted a .993 fielding percentage. In his seven-year minor league career, Easley has thrown out 29 percent of attempted base-stealers.

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