Cardinals sign Moore, Easley to Minors deals
Utility man last appeared in Majors with Astros in '12; catcher hit .334 at Triple-A in '13
ST. LOUIS -- While the Cardinals have yet to make their first addition to the Major League roster this offseason, the club has signed a pair of players to Minor League deals. On Monday, the Cardinals announced that utility man Scott Moore and catcher Ed Easley agreed to Minor League contracts that each include an invite to Major League camp next spring.
Moore, 30, has bounced around with a half-dozen organizations since being taken by the Tigers as the eighth overall pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft. He last appeared in the Majors in 2012, batting .259 with a .330 on-base percentage in 72 games with the Astros. Prior to that, Moore made big league appearances with the Cubs and Orioles.
In 152 Major League games, the left-handed-hitting Moore has a slash line of .242/.302/.410. He has started games at first, second, third and at both corner-outfield spots.
Moore spent 2013 in the Minors, first with Oakland's Triple-A team and then with San Diego's Triple-A club. In a combined 120 games, Moore batted .271 with 33 doubles, 14 homers and a .353 on-base percentage. Most of his playing time came at third base and left field.
Easley has shown some defensive versatility as well during his Minor League climb, but he has received most of his playing time fitting in as a catcher. With Rob Johnson having recently declared for Minor League free agency, the Cardinals can benefit from adding to their Triple-A catching depth.
Easley, a 61st overall selection by the D-backs in the '07 Draft, climbed to Triple-A in 2013 after two full seasons in Double-A. In 87 games with Triple-A Reno, Easley batted .334 with a .394 on-base percentage, 22 doubles and six homers. Behind the plate, he led the Pacific Coast League with a success rate of 35.7 percent throwing out attempted basestealers.
In addition to catching, Easley has started games at first and third base. Until now, the 27-year-old had spent his entire professional career in Arizona's organization. He has yet to make his Major League debut.
The Cardinals are replenishing their Minor League depth as they watch some of their players walk away. Utility man Jamie Romak and left-hander Nick Additon -- both of whom spent the 2013 season on the Cardinals' Triple-A Memphis roster -- recently signed Minor League deals elsewhere. Romak is joining the Dodgers, while Additon is heading to Baltimore's organization.
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