3 free-agent relievers available for the St. Louis Cardinals

Miranda Remaklus
John Mozeliak of the St. Louis Cardinals speaks to the media before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on April 20, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
John Mozeliak of the St. Louis Cardinals speaks to the media before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on April 20, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 30: Zack Greinke #21 of the Houston Astros delivers the pitch against the Atlanta Braves in Game Four of the World Series at Truist Park on October 30, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 30: Zack Greinke #21 of the Houston Astros delivers the pitch against the Atlanta Braves in Game Four of the World Series at Truist Park on October 30, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Zack Greinke

An innings eater with a pitching arsenal that will make you buckle? Sure, he is a starter but with a pitcher like Zack Greinke available, you must kick the tires.

Greinke pitched in 30 regular season games in 2021, starting 29 of them. At 38 years old, he threw 171 innings bringing his 17-season career innings total to 3,110 innings.

He relies on a four-seam fastball, a change-up, curveball, slider, sinker and fastball. He can even toss an eephus to really mix things up. He threw 120 strikeouts and had a 26.6% called strike rate. He had five defensive runs saved fielding his position and induced 44.4% ground balls. Greinke is a great defender but imagine the Cardinals defense helping him as well.  It could be fun, indeed.

Sure he’s aging gracefully, but he is still throwing innings with a great deal of effectiveness. He could be a fifth starter or even a long relief option.

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