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Cardinals ink Boyer, Mahay

Cardinals fans may be desperate to see the team find some help for the club's porous bullpen

But are we really THAT desperate?

The Birds on Tuesday announced that they have inked Blaine Boyer and Ron Mahay to minor league contracts.

Boyer, 29, who played for the Cardinals in 2009 before being released, was with the Mets earlier this season where he compiled a 10.80 ERA. in 6 2/3 innings with New York Boyer allowed 13 hits and eight earned runs.

Mahay, 40, hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2010 when he was a member of the Minnesota Twins. He had a 3.44 ERA in 41 appearances. Signed by the Diamondbacks this spring, Mahay had toiled for their Class AAA affiliate in Reno, compliling a 9.58 ERA in 10 1/3 innings pitched before he was released in May.

A guy whom the Cardinals were said to have interest in at the trade deadline two years ago, Mahay's a lefty who could easily find his way to replacing the ineffective Brian Tallet if he can rediscover his stuff.