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Cardinals claim former Cubs reliever John Gaub from waivers

The Cardinals have claimed former Cubs reliever John Gaub, a lefty, off waivers from the Rangers.

He was 0-1 with a 3.43 ERA in Class AAA with 13 hits allowed in 21 innings pitched. His numbers seem to indicate that he has good stuff but poor control. He's walked 25 -- and walked 14.

His only major league work came with Chicago in 2011 when Gaub pitched 2 2/3 innings and compiled a 6.75 ERA.

Gaub was drafted by the Indians in 2006 and then was traded by the Cubs in 2008. In April of this year he was released by Chicago and claimed by Tampa Bay. The Rays cut him loose in May and Gaub was claimed by Texas which kept him around for about two weeks before designating him for assignment.

There has been a lot of pining for Chris Perez this weekend with the Indians in town. So maybe this is GM John Mozeliak's way of getting a little piece of the former St. Louis reliever back.

Gaub was acquired by the Cubs in the trade of super utility player Mark DeRosa. And DeRosa was the target when the Cardinals sent Perez -- along with minor league reliever Jess Todd who was since re-acquired -- to Cleveland when they landed DeRosa.