Cardinals: Day 3 of Winter Meetings brings first move and catcher rumors

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 03: Catcher Willson Contreras #40 of the Chicago Cubs looks on during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on June 03, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 03: Catcher Willson Contreras #40 of the Chicago Cubs looks on during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on June 03, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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St. Louis Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak speaks with the media
St. Louis Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak speaks with the media prior to a game against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /

Cardinals make their first signing, RHP Guillermo Zuniga

The Cardinals have been rumored to look at improving their bullpen this off-season, and they took their first step in doing so by signing RHP Guillermo Zuniga to a deal for the 2023 season.

It is an interesting move for St. Louis, as Zuniga has never pitched above the AA level but has now secured a Major League contract with the Cardinals. You may be wondering why the Cardinals would sign Zuniga to this kind of deal, but the underlying metrics from @CardinalsReek and @WillSugeStats on Twitter show promising abilities from the 24-year old.

Not a major signing from the Cardinals but could pay huge dividends this season. This is a very low risk signing with potentially a high reward, so this remains and intriguing signing for St. Louis. Meanwhile, their rivals in Chicago made a bigger splash with a much riskier free agent that the Cardinals had been connected to.

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