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Boyer released

Former Cardinals reliever Blaine Boyer, who had a cup of coffee in St. Louis in 2009 after being acquired from Atlanta in trade from Brian Barton, has been let go by Arizona.

The Cardinals have a pretty shaky bullpen, which manager Tony La Russa seems pretty unwilling to use more than absolutely necessary, but I doubt the Birds would take a look at the former Dave Duncan project.

Boyer pitched in 15 games for the Cardinals that season, ranging from pretty good to downright terrible as he put together a 4.41 ERA with 14 hits allowed in 16 1/3 innings. The Cardinals let Boyer go to create roster space and he moved on to Arizona where he pitched 37 innings and had a 2.68 ERA. But he started this season off terribly with a 7.82 ERA. He walked 11 and struck out 6 in 12 1/3 innings for the Diamondbacks. He gave up 2.21 walks and hits per inning pitched.

Could pitching coach Dave Duncan work his magic on Boyer? Maybe. But he's be a project at best. And the Cardinals need stability and effectiveness not another question mark.