Reconstruction of a struggling St. Louis bullpen continued late Saturday when the Cardinals traded minor league slugger Luke Voit to the New York Yankees for a pair of relief arms.
The team will receive left-hander Chasen Shreve and right-hander Giovanny Gallegos for the big first baseman, who has batted .240 with five home runs and 21 RBIs over 125 major league at-bats spread over parts of the past two seasons. At triple-A Memphis this season, Voit, 27, is batting .300 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs and a .508 slugging average.
But Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak last week promised an overhaul of a bullpen that ranks 24th out of 30 major league teams in ERA and has blown 16 save opportunities. He’s made good on that promise with time remaining ahead of Tuesday’s MLB non-waiver trade deadline.
Shreve and Giovanny are the latest to be added to the Cardinals’ stockpile of relief arms.
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Shreve, 28, has appeared in 39 games for the Yankees this year, going 2-2 with a 4.14 ERA while striking out 46 in his 37 innings. The 6-4, 195-pound pitcher has appeared in 194 career since 2014, beginning in Atlanta. He’s been in New York the past three seasons and has a career record of 14-6 with a 3.68 ERA.
Gallegos, 26, has appeared in just four games this season with Yankees. He was 2-1 with a 3.90 ERA for triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre this season in 17 games, striking out 41 batters in 27.2 innings pitched. The 6-2, 210-pound Gallegos will be assigned to Memphis’ roster, according to a team release.
Mozeliak’s bullpen reconstruction began Friday with the release of right-hander Greg Holland, who was on a one-year free agent contract worth $14 million. Holland departs the Cardinals with an 0-2 record and 7.92 ERA in 25 innings pitched. He’s struck out just 22 batters while also walking 22 and allowing 34 base hits
St. Louis also cut ties with left-hander Tyler Lyons, a sixth-year veteran who has missed time this season with injuries, and traded right-hander Sam Tuivailala to the Seattle Mariners for minor league reliever Seth Elledge.
Elledge, 22, recently rated as the 10th-best prospect in the Mariners system by Baseball America, was 5-1 with a 1.17 ERA and 9 saves in 31 games for Modesto (A), striking out 54 in 38.1 innings while being named a California League All-Star.
Meanwhile, numerous reports have mentioned the Cardinals among a number of suitors for Tampa Bay Rays ace Chris Archer. The 29-year-old right-handed starter is 3-5 with a 4.31 ERA in just 96 innings pitched. He has pitched at least 200 innings in each of the past two seasons and is a career 54-68 with a 3.69 ERA.