Cardinals invite Villone to camp
Veteran lefty signs Minors deal with invitation to training camp
JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals added some depth to their pitching staff on Tuesday by signing veteran Ron Villone to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Spring Training. Villone, 38, spent the last two seasons pitching for the Yankees.
A veteran of 13 Major League seasons, Villone has pitched for 10 different teams. He's served primarily as a reliever, but has made 93 big league starts -- most recently starting 10 games for the Mariners in 2004.
For his career, Villone has a 55-57 record with a 4.76 ERA. He's pitched 1069 1/3 innings in 580 games and has recorded six saves. In 2007, he put up a 4.25 ERA in 42 1/3 innings (37 appearances) for New York. He struck out 25 and walked 18.
Over the past three seasons, Villone held left-handed hitters to a .210 batting average, a .304 on-base percentage and a .303 slugging percentage in 290 at-bats.
The Cardinals have two left-handed relievers already on their Major League roster: Randy Flores and Tyler Johnson. Flores' brother, Ron, is also in camp competing for a spot.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.