A Team Israel teammate of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Corey Baker in the World Baseball Classic, Josh Zeid, is joining him as a Cardinal. The right-handed pitcher has signed a minor league deal, as announced by Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com on Tuesday.
The 29-year old is well-traveled after having been selected in the 10th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Zeid moved to the Houston Astros in 2011 in the Hunter Pence trade. In 2013-2014 seasons, he reached the Majors, making 48 appearances out of Houston’s bullpen, recording a 5.21 ERA. He struck out 42 and walked 19 in 48 1/3 innings.
In November 2014, Zeid was claimed off waivers by Detroit. Following the 2015 campaign, he became a free agent and joined the Angels last spring, but was let go before the season began. Zeid joined the New York Mets organization in June. Between Double-A and Triple-A, he went 7-6 with a 4.61 ERA in 15 starts before becoming a free agent again last fall.
Given the wealth of starting pitching at the upper levels of the Cardinals system, it would seem Zeid will join the bullpen scrum for spots with Memphis or Springfield.
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