Various media reports Thursday also linked the Cardinals with free-agent pitcher Jose Contreras, 38, who pitched last year for the White Sox and Rockies. The Cardinals were said to be one of five teams, along with the Cubs, Rockies, Phillies and Padres said to have interest in Contreras.
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Mozeliak is still on the lookout for a potential fifth starter, another reliever, a reserve outfielder and perhaps someone to challenge rookie David Freese at third base. The most interest among free agents in the past few days has been with the pitching candidates, where at least two former Brewers – starter Ben Sheets and former closer Derrick Turnbow – are scheduled to work out in front of scouts for interested teams in the coming days.
Turnbow, 31, is scheduled to throw in Phoenix on Friday and at least 16 teams, including the Cardinals, are expected to be in attendance. Turnbow last pitched in the majors for the Brewers in 2008. He signed with Texas last year, but never pitched in the majors and asked for his release from the Rangers.
Sheets, also 31, missed all of last season after undergoing flexor tendon surgery. He is scheduled to work out for interested teams on Tuesday at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, his alma mater. At least 10 teams are said to be interested, including the Cubs, Rangers, Mets, Yankees, Orioles and Mariners.
Mozeliak said it was “likely” a Cardinals’ scout will be on hand to see Sheets throw as well but that he didn’t have enough details to confirm it.
Source: Rob Rains