June 30, 2008

Redbird Ramblings: Wallace close to signing; bullpen running on empty

The Cardinals' highest draft pick, Brett Wallace, taken in the thirteenth round, is close to signing, according to general manager John Mozeliak.

Wallace could be signed sometime during the Cards' current home stand versus the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs. Reportedly, a signing bonus of nearly $2-million has been offered. No other details of the contract have been released.

Contrary to rumor that Wallace might go directly to St. Louis, the Cardinals plan to send Wallace to Class A Quad Cities.

(information re: Brett Wallace gathered from St. Louis Post-Dispatch entry by Joe Strauss.)

Manager Tony La Russa is re-calling pitcher Brad Thompson from Triple-A Memphis due to the Cardinals' serious need of relief pitching going into the current home stand. Nick Stavinoha will be as much as trading roster spots with Thompson, returning to Memphis in order to make room for Thompson.