Former Terp Brett Cecil Signs with Cardinals

Pitcher Brett Cecil, who played for Maryland from 2005-2007, has signed with the St. Louis Cardinals as a free agent, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Passan later tweeted that Cecil, who has posted back-to-back seasons of over 11 strikeouts per nine innings, had several teams bidding for his services on the open market.

Cecil pitched six scoreless innings in the postseason for the Toronto Blue Jays over the last two seasons.

He posted a 3.93 ERA over 36.2 innings in 2016 and joins a Cardinals team that ranked 13th in bullpen ERA last season (3.62).

The 30-year old Cecil is entering his eighth big league season after striking out 94 hitters in 101.1 career innings at Maryland. The southpaw is second all-time at Maryland in career saves, holding the record until it was broken my RHP Kevin Mooney in 2015.

Cecil is the only former Terrapin currently in MLB.