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Cards cut ties with Thompson

According to Major League Baseball's transactions report, the Cardinals have released up and down pitcher Brad Thompson.

Thompson, known as The Babyfaced Assassin because of his youthful appearance, pitched parts of five seasons with the Cardinals. His best season was his rookie year in 2005 when he hurled 55 innings, allowing 46 hits. He was 4-0 that season with a 2.95 ERA.

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He won eight games in 2007, spending part of the season in the starting rotation. But he never really found a well-defined role with the club and for the last two seasons he was shuttled between Class AAA Memphis and the major league team. When he was with St. Louis, Thompson was basically a glorified mop-up man. Designated the club's long reliever, he sometimes went a couple of weeks without seeing any game action.

Thompson was 2-6 with a 4.84 ERA in 2009 and the 27-year-old hurler was left off the Cardinals' post season roster.

In another roster move, St. Louis outrighted utility infielder Joe Thurston to Memphis.