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Friday, March 11, 2022

Cardinals make MLB’s first post-lockout signing by inking Drew VerHagen to two-year contract

The St. Louis Cardinals have made the first signing since Major League Baseball’s owner-imposed lockout ended on Thursday night, some 99 days after it was first installed. According to’s Mark Feinsand, the Cardinals have agreed to a two-year pact worth $5.5 million with right-handed pitcher Drew VerHagen.

VerHagen, 31 years old, spent the last two seasons with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league. He appeared 39 times with the Fighters, accumulating a 3.51 ERA and a 3.47 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

VerHagen does have extensive big-league experience. Prior to heading overseas, he had appeared in more than 120 big-league games as a member of the Detroit Tigers organization. He posted career marks of a 5.11 ERA (88 ERA+) and a 2.08 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 199 innings. His contributions, as estimated by Baseball Reference, were worth 1 Win Above Replacement.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 11, 2022 at 12:36 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: March 11, 2022 at 01:19 PM (#6067402)
An alternate spelling of Carlos Rodon? Two expensive guaranteed years and no options remaining? And I guess Colin Moran is next.

Yeah team :(
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 11, 2022 at 01:24 PM (#6067403)
I which I learn that someone named Drew VerHagen has pitched in the major leagues, and apparently will do so again.
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 11, 2022 at 01:30 PM (#6067405)
I which I learn that someone named Drew VerHagen has pitched in the major leagues

Took the words out of my mouth.
   4. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 11, 2022 at 01:59 PM (#6067408)
I which I learn that someone named Drew VerHagen has pitched in the major leagues

Well, it was Detroit....
   5. salvomania Posted: March 11, 2022 at 02:05 PM (#6067410)
I hope this works better than some of the Cardinals' other recent reliever signings:

2016: Jonathan Broxton, 2 years, $9.5M, 76.2ip, -0.2 WAR
2017: Brett Cecil, 4 years, $30.5M, 100.0ip, -0.4 WAR
2018: Greg Holland, 1 year, $14M, 25.0ip, -1.5 WAR
2019: Andrew Miller, 3 years, $34.5M, 103.2ip, -0.6 WAR

That's $89.5M for 305 innings of -2.7 WAR pitching. In each of those seasons the Cardinals had multiple waiver-wire pickups/random minor-league callups who performed much better than the FA signings.

Perhaps with VerHagen their analytics department can demonstrate an improved ability to identify worthwhile pitching talent.
   6. Der-K's tired of these fruits from poisoned trees Posted: March 11, 2022 at 03:01 PM (#6067422)
i remember him in detroit and am surprised that he got this much $ after a so-so performance overseas. i guess he and aaron brooks (mlb to kbo, is a groundball machine who pitches to contact) will fight it out for bulk innings?
   7. Walt Davis Posted: March 11, 2022 at 10:17 PM (#6067501)
Two expensive guaranteed years and no options remaining?

I can't say for sure but my guesstimate is that he's still short of 4 years service time so they can just take him to arb when the deal is done.

#5: The concern is justified but 2/$5.5 is nothing like those deals. It's 6th-inning reliever money.

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