Cardinals Add Velez, Swindle on Minors Deals
The St. Louis Cardinals have signed two players to minor league contracts for 2012, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. They are infielder/outfielder Eugenio Velez and left-handed pitcher R.J. Swindle. Velez Velez is a 29-year-old Dominican who first came up with the 2007 San Francisco Giants after moving to that organization from Toronto in the minor league phase of the 2005 Rule 5 Draft. He first suited up for the Jays in the 2002 Dominican Summer League after signing his initial contract in August 2001. Primarily a second baseman, the switch-hitter has also played a significant amount of time in left field and even a bit of center but has never spent an entire season as a major leaguer. 2011 was no exception. In his first year with the Dodgers after leaving the Giants, he was bad, incredibly bad. In 40 plate appearances over 34 games for Los Angeles, Velez reached base just three...
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