Cardinals Sign Outfielder Larry Bigbie

Posted Dec 21, 2005

The Cardinals sign Bigbie to a one year deal.

The St. Louis Cardinals and newly acquired outfielder Larry Bigbie agreed Tuesday to a $900,000, one-year contract.

Bigbie, who will get a shot to replace the departed Reggie Sanders in left field, hit a combined .239 with five homers and 23 RBIs for the Rockies and Orioles last year. Colorado acquired him for outfielder Eric Byrnes on July 29.

"The Cardinals are looking to give me every chance to play left field," he said. "Going into spring training, that's what my outlook is going to be.

A .268 career hitter in five seasons (4 1/2 with the Orioles); Bigbie was limited to only 66 at-bats with Colorado last season because of nagging injuries to include a sore Achilles’ tendon towards the final two months of the season.

St. Louis obtained Bigbie from Colorado with second baseman Aaron Miles for reliever Ray King on Dec. 8, Bigbie's deal allows him to earn an has $50,000 in performance bonuses — $25,000 each for 500 and 550 plate appearances.

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