St. Louis Cardinals: 2014 Minor League Free Agents


Not only do the St. Louis Cardinals have five free agents at the Major League level but they have several players that became minor league free agents at the end of the 2014 season.

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Baseball America has a list of the free agents in every organization, including the Cardinals.

Here is the breakdown for the Cardinals minor league free agents:
RHP: David Aardsma (AAA), Jose Almarante (AAA), Jeremy Berg (AA)
C: Jesus Montero (Hi A), Audry Perez (AAA)
1B: Curt Smith (AA)
3B: Jermaine Curtis (AAA), Scott Moore (AAA)
SS: Luis Mateo (AAA), Greg Miclat (AAA), Ildemaro Vargas (AA)

According to BA:

"Teams can renew a player’s UPC six times—for the 2009-14 seasons, in the case of 2008 draft picks—before the player either is declared a minor league free agent or his club makes him a major leaguer by adding him to the 40-man roster."

Amongst those players listed above, Perez was signed as a free agent in 2008 and appeared in three games for the Cardinals between 2013 and 2014.

Curtis was drafted by the Cardinals in the fifth round of the 2008 draft and made his debut during the 2008 season. Appearing in 98 games this year for the Memphis Redbirds, the second baseman/third baseman hit .253/.386/.289.

Aardsma had signed a minor league contract with speculation that he would have made the team out of Jupiter.