Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Notebook: Former Cardinal Siegrist Signs with Pirates

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Notebook: Former Cardinal Siegrist Signs with Pirates

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Former Cardinal Siegrist signs deal with Pirates

Lefthander Kevin Siegrist agreed to a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates and will report to big league spring training.

The 28-year-old was 1-1 with one save and a 4.81 ERA in 46 games last year for the Cardinals and Philadelphia, striking out 43 in 39 1/3 innings.

He has an 18-10 record with 10 saves and a 3.04 ERA in 276 relief appearances over five big league seasons with the Cardinals and Phillies, who claimed him off waivers on Sept. 2.

Reds sign reliever Perez * The Cincinnati Reds signed lefthanded pitcher Oliver Perez to a minor league contract.

Perez spent the past two seasons with the Washington Nationals. He made 50 appearances with the Nationals last year, pitching 33 innings with a 4.64 ERA.

The 36-year-old made his debut with the San Diego Padres in 2002 as a starter. He has also pitched for Pittsburgh, New York Mets, Seattle, Arizona and Houston before signing with the Nationals for the 2016 season.

Royals pick up Saunders * Former All-Star outfielder Michael Saunders has ended his two-day stay with Pittsburgh, instead seeking a better chance to play with the Kansas City Royals.

Saunders arrived at the Royals' camp on Saturday after signing a minor league contract. He will receive $1.5 million if he is put on the big league roster and could earn another $500,000 in performance bonuses.

The Pirates had signed Saunders to a minor league contract Wednesday and he reported to their spring training complex in Bradenton, Florida. When Pittsburgh acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson in a trade with Tampa Bay on Thursday, Saunders was given his release to pursue other opportunities. The Royals promptly picked up the 31-year-old.

Saunders hit a combined .202 last season with the Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, and Toronto released him after the season. He is a career .232 hitter in 775 major league games over nine seasons, the first six with Seattle.

The Kansas City outfield remains in a state of flux with center fielder Lorenzo Cain leaving to sign with the Milwaukee Brewers. Melky Cabrera, who played 54 games in the outfield last season, remains an unsigned free agent. …

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