Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


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Cards make a trade

for infielder Kelly

In a move just before the deadline to set the 40-man roster, the Cardinals acquired their second minor-league infielder of the winter and moved a pitcher to do it. The Cardinals acquired second baseman Ty Kelly from the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night in exchange for righthanded pitcher Sam Gaviglio. The 24-year-old Gaviglio was the Cardinals' fifth-round pick in 2011 and he spent the past season at Class AA Springfield and had a 4.28 ERA in 25 games (24 starts).

Kelly, 26, is the second utility infielder the Cardinals have added to their 40-man roster from outside the organization this month. He follows Dean Anna, a middle infielder who the Cardinals signed to a major-league deal.

The added depth comes as the Cardinals are likely to let Daniel Descalso become a free agent.

Kelly, a switch-hitter, batted .263 with a .412 slugging percentage in 134 games for Class AAA Tacoma. He had a career-high 15 homers and 80 RBIs to go with 85 walks. Kelly was a 13th-round selection by the Baltimore Orioles in 2009, and as recently as 2013 he was one of the top 30 prospects in the Orioles organization. Baltimore traded Kelly to the Mariners for Eric Thames midway through 2013. In 199 games at the Triple-A level Kelly, who has played mostly second and third, has hit .280 with a .402 on-base percentage and a .409 slugging percentage.

(Derrick Goold)

Jets-Bills to Monday in Detroit * A league spokesman says a severe lake-effect snowstorm hitting Buffalo has led the NFL to relocate the Bills home game on Sunday against the New York Jets to Detroit on Monday.

The game will be played at Ford Field at 6 p.m. (AP)

Other NFL news * The NFL players' union on Thursday appealed the league's suspension of Adrian Peterson and demanded an independent, neutral arbitrator hears the case. In a letter to its player representatives and executive committee obtained by The Associated Press, the NFLPA called Commissioner Roger Goodell's punishment "unprecedented, arbitrary, and unlawful."

* New England has re-signed running back LeGarrette Blount two days after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Blount spent last season with the Patriots before signing a two- year contract with the Steelers. …

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