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12/21/2005 5:01 PM ET
Cardinals sign Larry Bigbie to one-year deal
1B/OF Brian Daubach and RHP John Riedling agree to minor league deals
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ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals announced today the signing of outfielder Larry Bigbie to a one-year contract, thus avoiding arbitration.

Bigbie was acquired from the Colorado Rockies along with infielder Aaron Miles in exchange for reliever Ray King on December 7.

The Cardinals also announced today the signing of 1B/OF Brian Daubach and pitcher John Riedling to minor league deals and invited both players to spring training.

Daubach, a Belleville, IL native, spent last season in the Mets organization and appeared in 15 games in New York. He batted .325 (112-for-345) with 16 home runs and 62 RBI in 99 games at Triple-A Norfolk. Daubach collected 20-or-more home runs in four consecutive seasons with the Boston Red Sox from 1999-2002.

Riedling made 29 appearances out of the bullpen for Florida last season and posted a 4-1 record and 7.16 ERA. The 30-year-old right-hander also made 14 relief outings at Triple-A Albuquerque and went 4-0 with an ERA of 3.00. Riedling has 229 games of major-league experience, the majority as a member of the Cincinnati Reds and with all but eight as a reliever. He owns a career mark of 17-13 with a 4.41 ERA.

The Cardinals did not offer contracts to infielders Bo Hart and Scott Seabol, catcher Mike Mahoney and pitcher Mike Lincoln prior to last night's MLB non-tender deadline. In addition, pitcher Rhett Parrott was outrighted to Triple-A Memphis.

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