Perez, MacLane Return to Triple-A Memphis

The St. Louis Cardinals re-signed two minor league free agent pitchers for their Triple-A club.

The St. Louis Cardinals re-signed veteran pitching depth for Triple-A Memphis in right-hander Oneli Perez and left-hander Evan MacLane. Both players were members of the 2009 Pacific Coast League champions then become minor league free agents following the 2009 season. Each pitched in winter ball and agreed to a minor league deal for 2010. The Cardinals have not yet announced which minor league players will be invited to major league spring training but 2010 will be the first camp in Jupiter for each.

Perez, a 26-year-old Dominican Republic native, joined the Cardinals organization from the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League, acquired on June 20, 2009. He appeared in 18 games for the Redbirds, including ten starts. He posted a 4-3 record with a 2.82 ERA. Perez fanned 61 and walked 22 in 67 innings.

The right-hander demonstrated his versatility in winter ball, serving as the closer for Licey in the Dominican Winter League. Perez collected 16 saves, three wins and a loss in 23 appearances. His ERA was 2.59; he struck out 16 and walked seven.

MacLane, 27, joined the Cardinals organization from the Arizona Diamondbacks' Triple-A Reno Aces franchise on April 25th, 2009 in return for future considerations. With Memphis, the lefty made 24 starts, going 8-9 with a 3.75 ERA. MacLane, originally taken in the 25th round of the 2003 draft by the New York Mets, struck out 92 and walked 20 in 151 innings. Following the season, he was named The Cardinal Nation/ Memphis Starting Pitcher of the Year.

This winter, MacLane headed to the Dominican, where he made 11 starts for Estrellas Orientales. He went 5-2 with a 2.87 ERA, striking out 41 and issuing 11 walks in 62 2/3 innings. After Estrellas was eliminated, MacLane was selected to pitch in the round-robin tournament for Gigantes, but he declined, citing fatigue.

Earlier in this off-season, the Cardinals thought MacLane might decide to play in Japan for more money rather than return for 2010.

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