Spiezio Returns to Cards for Two More Years

A valuable and versatile member of the World Champions will be back as veteran infielder-outfielder Scott Spiezio came to terms with the St. Louis Cardinals on a new contract through 2008 with a club option for 2009.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Thursday that they have re-signed infielder/outfielder Scott Spiezio to a two-year contract through the 2008 season reportedly worth $4.5 million plus a club option for 2009.

Spiezio, 34, joined the Cardinals prior to the 2006 season and played a big part in the team's run to a tenth World Series championship, batting .272 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI in 119 games played. The switch-hitting Spiezio played five different positions (1B, 2B, 3B, SS & LF) last season and made 61 starts. He led the team with eight pinch-RBI and finished second on the club with eight pinch hits.

"You hear the term winning player," said Cardinals Senior Vice President/General Manager Walt Jocketty. "Scott showed once again why he has been tabbed with such a label. Scott's leadership, versatility and production in the clutch are such strong qualities and we're happy to announce that he will remain a Cardinal."

The fan-favorite was among the team's top clutch performers in 2006, batting .304 with runners in scoring position while driving in 35 runs with two outs, ranking third on the team. Spiezio continued his clutch performance into the postseason with six RBI and two triples, including a key three-bagger in Game Two of the National League Championship Series.

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