Cardinals Sign Relief Veteran Luke Gregerson To Two-Year Deal

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Kathy Willens, Associated Press

Free agent right-handed reliever and 2017 World Series champion Luke Gregerson is heading back to the team that drafted him in 2006.

On Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals and Gregerson officially completed a two-year, $11 million deal after Gregerson passed a physical; the deal contains a vesting option for a third year.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to be a part of a winning organization and to go back to the team that drafted me,” said Gregerson. “They’re (St. Louis) a winning team. They always find ways to put guys on the field who are capable of what needs to be done to find themselves back in the postseason. Even though it’s been a couple years now, you can see the fight that has been there, and they have just fallen short at the end. I think it just takes a few pieces here and there to put it back together.”

Gregerson, 33, is a nine-year Major League veteran who’s pitched previously for the San Diego Padres (2009-13), Oakland Athletics (2014), and Houston Astros (2015-17). He’s made at least 59 appearances each year he’s pitched, and at least 72 in five of them.

In 2017, Gregerson struggled for the Astros going 2-3 in 65 games with a career-worst 4.57 ERA (previous worst was 3.28 in 2016) and career-high 13 home runs allowed (previous high was eight in 2010). During the playoffs, he tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings across five playoff relief appearances during Houston’s World Series run.

Overall in 623 career games (all in relief), Gregerson is 35-36 with a 3.02 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, .216 BAA, and 607 strikeouts in 599 innings.