Cardinals add first minor league vet in Moore

The St. Louis Cardinals have come to terms with veteran minor league infielder Scott Moore.

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed their first minor league free agent of the 2013-14 off-season in infielder Scott Moore. The news was announced by Moore's agent, the Beverly Hills Sports Council, via Twitter on Thursday night.

The left-handed hitter, who turns 30 years of age later this month, is familiar to the Cardinals through his Triple-A play this past season, both with the A's and Padres' Pacific Coast League squads. Across the two stops, Moore had 14 home runs, 66 RBI and an .801 OPS in 2013.

The well-traveled Moore was initially selected by the Detroit Tigers in the first round of the June 2002 First-Year Player Draft, taken eighth overall. He then played in the Cubs organization (twice), Orioles, Astros, A's and Padres systems.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder also has appeared in 152 major league games over five different seasons. Moore's most recent action was with the 2012 Astros. His aggregate MLB line is .242/.302/.410/.712 with Houston, Baltimore and Chicago.

Defensively, Moore is primarily a third baseman, but has played every infield position as well as the corner outfield spots. With the Memphis Redbirds having lost a number of minor league veterans due to free agency, Moore should provide a proven Triple-A bat in 2014.

November 18 update

In their official announcement of Moore's signing, the Cardinals disclosed that the deal includes an invitation to big-league spring training camp.

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