Former Toronto Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil has signed a four-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend. The contract is worth $30.5 million, according to multiple reports including ESPN and Yahoo Sports.
The Brett Cecil to St. Louis Cardinals deal will be finalized until the physical exam, which is likely to be passed by the veteran left-handed pitcher.
The 30-year-old Cecil played the worst season of his career last year. The switch to a bullpen role has forced Cecil to change his game. He was one of the best left-handed relievers in the MLB the previous three years but injuries started to pile up on the veteran.
Cardinals banking on a healthy Brett Cecil
The Cardinals want to see Cecil return to form in those three years. St. Louis gave him a big contract hoping the injuries are a thing of the past and that he can still become one of the top relievers in the MLB.
Cecil played for the Blue Jays from 2009 to 2016 and he averaged about 2.60 ERA from 2013 to 2015. In 2016 playing in 54 games, Cecil dropped to 3.93 ERA.
According to the Yahoo Sports report, the Cecil to Cardinals deal could have a “profound” effect on the free agent market. Teams are worried that veterans will be able to demand the same amount of huge money that Cecil got in St. Louis.
Cecil to Cardinals deal has major effect on FA market
“The effect on the market, executives and agents told Yahoo Sports after word of the deal broke, could be profound. It almost matches the four-year, $31 million contract Darren O’Day received last season coming off a four-year stretch in which his ERA was 1.92,” Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports stated.
Free agents in the market are expected to use Cecil’s contract with the Cardinals in search of a huge deal.
Cecil is expected to be a major part of the Cardinals’ rotation next season. St. Louis had a record of 86-46 last season and almost made the postseason.
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