(BaseballStL) – In what is likely the last major move by the Cardinals in 2013, the club has signed second baseman Mark Ellis to a one-year deal.
Ellis, 36, was last with the Los Angeles Dodgers and faced the Cardinals in the NLCS. Ellis hit .270 with six homers and 48 RBI in 2013.
Ellis will provide a veteran presence for the club at second base, a position that is set to be inherited by rookie Kolten Wong.
With All-Star Matt Carpenter’s imminent move to third base, the 22-year-old Wong is in line for the starting job, but Ellis shores up any concerns of depth at the position.
“Mark is a player we identified early on as being an ideal fit for our team,” GM John Mozeliak said in a release. “His experience and steadiness, both in the field and at the plate, certainly enhances our overall roster make-up.”
Ellis’ success against left handing pitching (.278/.348/.429) certainly will help the club- even if only as a pinch hitter and support player, as the team posted a dismal .238/.301/.371 slash line against southpaws.
The financial terms of the contract have not been disclosed.