The Chicago Cubs were crowned World Series Champions just three weeks ago and teams are wasting no team in adding to their rosters in an attempt to compete with the newly crowned champions.
Sources said that Brett Cecil the former reliever with the Toronto Blue Jays has reached an agreement with the St. Louis Cardinals on a deal of 4 years worth $30.5 million.
The deal will become official once Cecil has passed his physical with the Cardinals medical staff.
The deal for Cecil includes a no-trade clause, which means he will have to approve a trade to any team in the majors, before the Cardinals could make a trade that includes him.
Cecil, who is 30, was 1-7 with an ERA of 3.93 across 54 games last season with the Blue Jays. He spent eight seasons in Toronto.
The southpaw was out for six weeks during the early part of last season due to straining his triceps. However, he was an important contributor for Toronto late in the season when the team was battling for a playoff spot.
Following the All-Star break, Cecil posted an ERA of 3.18.
He was a first round pick in the 2007 draft by Toronto, when he was picked No. 38 overall.
Cashner Cashes in with Rangers
Andrew Cashner has agreed to a $10 million 1-year deal with the Texas Rangers. The free-agent right-hander, who is 30, was 5-11 with an ERA of 5.25 during 27 starts last season while with the San Diego Padres as well as the Miami Marlins.
He made one relief appearance during the season.
Over his seven seasons in the major leagues, Cashner has a career record of 31-53 with an ERA of 3.89.
A native of Texas, Cashner attended TCU. He indicated during September that he was interested in staying with the Miami Marlins where he was traded during the season by the Padres, if the team reconsidered its policy of no-beards.
Cashner, who has had a thick beard during his playing career with San Diego before he was traded during the season to Miami, told a newspaper in Miami that the facial hair policy of the Marlins was a big deal for him as a free agent.
He decided that if the team would not change its policy then he would seek employment with another major league team in another city.