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Snell gets demoted, calls it quits

Former major league starter Ian Snell has retired after being demoted to the minor leagues, according to the Cardinals.

The former Pirates and Mariners starter never really got a chance to make the Cardinals big league roster -- even after Adam Wainwright had season-ending surgery. He made only one appearance -- and it was a bad one -- with two runs and four hits allowed in two innings of work.

Still, I'm not sure what the 29-year-old hurler expected. When he signed he wasn't in the Birds' major league plans. He basically had an opportunity to be a depth starter in the minors who was poised to fill in if one of the top five guys broke down during the season.

Maybe he'll change his mind. This isn't the first time a player has been harked off at being demoted. And I'm sure it won't be the last.

While he didn't set the world on fire while he was here, the Cardinals don't have much experience to rely on beyond their established major league starters.

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