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Cardinals sign Pat Neshek to a Minor League contract


ST. LOUIS, Mo., February 6, 2014 - The St. Louis Cardinals have signed right-handed pitcher Pat Neshek to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League camp for Spring Training.

Neshek pitched over seven Major League seasons with the Twins (2006-10), Padres (2011) and most recently Athletics in 2012-13.

The 33-year old Madison, Wis., native has made 226 career appearances, all in relief, compiling a 16-9 record with a 3.07 ERA while averaging over a strikeout per inning fanning 216 batters in 214.1 innings.

He appeared in a career-high 74 games during his second season with the Twins in 2007 while posting a 7-2 record and a 2.94 ERA.

Neshek held right-handed batters to a .182 batting average over 494 career at bats and has limited the opposition to a .192 average with runners on base and .183 with runners in scoring position.

He has played in two post-seasons first with the Twins in 2006 and then the Athletics in 2012, making three relief appearances.

The Cardinals will have 58 players in camp including non-roster invitations with this transaction.

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