Cardinals Sign NRI Pitchers Batista and Snell

Two veteran right-handers sign minor league deals with St. Louis and join 16 other non-roster spring camp invitees.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Friday that they have agreed to minor league deals with veteran pitchers Miguel Batista and Ian Snell for the upcoming 2011 season. Both players will also receive invites to the Cardinals Major League Spring Training Camp which opens on February 13 in Jupiter, Fla. The Cardinals announced today a total of 18 non-roster invitees, nine of which are pitchers.

Batista, 39, and a veteran of 13-plus seasons in the majors, was 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA in 58 games (one start) for the Washington Nationals last season. He was one of just two Major League relievers with 55 or more appearances in 2010 who did not suffer a blown save.

The right-handed throwing Batista owns a career mark of 96-110 with 41 saves and a 4.51 ERA. In addition to the Nationals, he's pitched for Pittsburgh, Florida, Chicago Cubs, Montreal, Kansas City, Arizona, Toronto and Seattle, posting a single-season best 16 wins in 2007 for the Mariners just two years after saving 31 games for Toronto in 2005.

Snell, 29, split the 2010 season with Seattle and Triple-A Tacoma where he was a member of the Pacific Coast League Champions. Snell appeared in 12 games (8 starts) for the Mariners last year after making 12 starts and winning 5 games for Seattle in 2009.

Snell averaged 32 starts per season during a three-year (2006-08) period with the Pirates, winning a single-season best 14 games in 2006. He was tabbed as the Pirates Opening Day starter in 2008 after leading the Pittsburgh staff in ERA (3.76), strikeouts (177) and innings pitched (208.0) in 2007.

In addition to Batista and Snell, the Cardinals announced the following non-roster invitees for Major League Spring Training. Pitchers: Brandon Dickson, Joe Kelly, Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller, Adam Ottavino, Kevin Thomas and Raul Valdes; Catchers: Nick Derba, Steven Hill, Audry Perez and Robert Stock; Infielders: Matt Carpenter and Donovan Solano; Outfielders: Amaury Cazana, Shane Robinson and Nick Stavinoha.

Update: In addition to the major league group, 21 prospects have received an invitation to early minor league spring training camp starting on February 25. As reported by the Post-Dispatch, they are as follows:

Pitchers (10) -- Seth Blair, Anthony Ferrara, John Gast, Tyrell Jenkins, Carlos Martinez, Scott McGregor, Chase Reid, Trevor Rosenthal, Jordan Swagerty, Justin Wright.

Catchers (3) -- Cody Stanley, Luis De La Cruz, Kleininger Teran.

Infielders (3) -- Matt Adams, Ryan Jackson, Luis Mateo.

Outfielders (5) -- Alex Castellanos, Nick Longmire, Aaron Luna, Tommy Pham, Oscar Taveras.

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