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Springer: Three times a Redbird?

Twice a former Cardinals pitcher -- but neither necessarily by his wishes -- Russ Springer could find his way back into red soon.

According to ESPN, Springer still wants to pitch at the age of 41, and the Redbirds are his most likely destination.

Springer signed with Oakland last year after the Cardinals passed on his offer to take a discount to stay in St. Louis. GM John Mozeliak said at the time he wanted to let some of the kids get a crack at the major league level. But now many of those young arms are gone -- Chris Perez and Jess Todd were dealt to Cleveland for Mark DeRosa and prospect Clayton Mortensen went to the Athletics in the Matt Holliday swap...

Springer was traded by Oakland to the Rays during the season. He had a 4.11 ERA including a rough month of May. But he struck out 58 in 57 innings while walking 22 to show that he's still got good stuff. He's also a great veteran to have in the clubhouse who could be a positive influence on young guys like Jason Motte and Blake Hawksworth.

He's not going to pitch a lot of innings. But Springer could be a great option for coming in and getting out of a tough spot in the eighth inning.