PHOENIX -- The Cardinals have formally granted right-hander Ian Snell his release, general manager John Mozeliak said on Monday.
Snell signed a Minor League deal with St. Louis over the winter, but did not make the club out of Spring Training. He elected to retire during the spring, but has since decided he's interested in pitching again. Rather than retaining his rights, the Cardinals have released Snell to pursue opportunities with other organizations.
"We just felt like what we had at [Triple-A] Memphis wasn't worth having him try to hang out at extended for a couple weeks to try to get going," Mozeliak said. "So [the simplest thing] was to give him his release."