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Cards pitching update

Jose Valverde has signed with the Tigers -- as expected -- and the Cardinals have turned their attention to former Yankees, White Sox and Rockies pitcher Jose Contreras.

Last season, Contreras was 6-13 with the Rockies with a 4.92 ERA. He allowed 1.47 base runners a frame with 141 hits allowed in 131 2/3 innings. But Contreras could still rack up the strikeouts, totalling 106. He walked 54.

Contreras, 38, made 23 starts and five relief appearances. He could get a chance to win the fifth spot in the St. Louis rotation or the Cardinals could try to make him a set-up man. The Cubs, Rockies, Padres and Phillies are also interested in Contreras, according to Ken Davidoff.

The Cardinals have also added a former Red Sox prospect to the mix, signing 30-year-old knuckle baller Charlie Zink.

Battling control problems, Zink was 6-15 with a 5.59 ERA last season for Class AAA Pawtucket.