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04/01/08 8:33 PM ET

Cardinals happy for Spiezio

Former infielder signs Minor League deal with Braves

ST. LOUIS -- Though few in the Cardinals clubhouse disputed the club's decision to part ways with Scott Spiezio, that doesn't mean Spiezio's former teammates stopped taking an interest in him. Spiezio signed a Minor League deal with the Braves on Monday, and the news was greeted warmly at Busch Stadium.

"I was really glad to see that," manager Tony La Russa said on Tuesday afternoon. "In fact, I've got to call him and wish him the best. That's a great situation. Atlanta does a lot of things right. That was really good news.

"They do things really right there. They demand that you do it right. So it will be good for him."

Spiezio, who missed five weeks in 2007 to pursue treatment for substance abuse, was released in February after being charged with several misdemeanors stemming from an alleged drunk-driving incident in California over the winter. The Cardinals are responsible for the entirety of his 2008 salary whether or not he makes it back to the big leagues.

Adam Kennedy, a teammate of Spiezio's in Anaheim and St. Louis, said he'd gotten word recently that Spiezio would be signing with Atlanta. He regarded it as excellent news.

"Oh yeah, definitely," he said. "Absolutely."

Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.