Countdown to Spring Training: Day 19

Pat Neshek

The countdown is shortening and teams are finalizing contracts before the start of Spring Training.

The Cardinals are no exception. They have signed RHP Pat Neshek to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Neshek, 33, posted a 3.35 ERA and 29/15 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings over 45 relief appearances with the Athletics last season. The sidearmer elected free agency after being outrighted off the 40-man roster in November.

The Cardinals already have a pretty talented group of relievers in place, so Neshek will likely need things to go his way in order to make the Opening Day roster.

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