Cards outright three off 40-man roster

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Cardinals have outrighted catcher/first baseman Steven Hill, catcher Bryan Anderson and right-hander Adam Reifer to Triple-A Memphis, thereby removing the three from the club’s 40-man roster. The roster moves open up three roster spots for the Cardinals to fill with free agents or Minor League players who would be eligible for the December Rule 5 Draft.

The deadline to protect players eligible for the Rule 5 Draft is Nov. 20.

Hill and Anderson both made brief appearances in St. Louis during the season. Reifer has yet to make his Major League debut.

Hill, 27, had two separate stints with the Major League club but accrued only 10 at-bats. In 87 Minor League games, Hill hit .266 with 16 doubles, 17 homers and 52 RBIs. He appeared at five different positions in addition to serving as Memphis’ designated hitter seven times.

Anderson, 25, began 2012 in Memphis after losing out to Tony Cruz in the battle to serve as Yadier Molina’s backup in St. Louis. Anderson, like Hill, was called up to the Majors twice during the season and took 12 at-bats. He batted .225 in 100 games with Memphis.

Reifer, 26, spent his second full season at Memphis in 2012 and posted a 4.90 ERA in 58 relief appearances. In 64 1/3 innings, Reifer walked 20 and struck out 44.

To view the Cardinals’ current 40-man roster, go here.

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3 Comments

Should’ve traded Anderson when we had the chance 4 or 5 years ago….

While I applaud the Cardinals new skipper for a job well done this year, ( 2012 ), as I watched the post season play-offs, I don’t think in my life, I have ever watched more major league ball players just stand at home plate, and watch a great pitch go by, as I did the Cards in the series against the Giants. But, all in all, a great year for the new coach..two thumbs up Mike….

While I understand the need to clear space on the 40-man roster, I am a bit puzzled, and mildly chagrined, by the decision to outright both Hill AND Anderson. Catcher is not a position of strength in the current minor-league system. There is no one waiting in the wings to fill these slots, so that if (perish the thought) one of the major-league catchers goes down, there won’t be much to replace them other than the tired old replacement-level major-league veterans that the team has used in the past — which means signing said vet to a minor-league contract/NRI and stashing him in Memphis in case of need. That kinda negates the benefit of clearing space on the 40-man, doesn’t it? I could see them deciding that one of Anderson or Hill was spurious and had to go, but to risk losing both strikes me as unwise. But whatever.

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