The good news is that the Cardinals have signed a starting pitcher who could compete for their fifth slot in the rotation.
The bad news is that the pitcher in question is former Cubs lefty Rich Hill. Last seen with the Orioles in 2009, Hill made 13 starts and racked up a 7.90 ERA and a walks and hits to innings pitched ratio of 1.85:1.
But it's not entirely his fault. Hill apparently had arm problems that eventually resulted in surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Hill will get a minor league deal from the Birds with an invite to spring training. Given the timing of his surgery, it would seem unlikely that he would be ready to join the starting rotation at the beginning of the season, although I have heard no specifics about his rehab.
One thing is for sure, Hill fits the bill of the prototypical Dave Duncan pitcher: He's 6-foot-5 and weighs in at 205 pounds.