Cardinals outright Joe Hudson, lose Mike Mayers to Angels on waivers
ST. LOUIS — With Major League Baseball’s offseason officially underway, the St. Louis Cardinals made a series of transactions on Friday afternoon to tidy up their 40-man roster.
Hudson, 28, spent the entire month of September with the major league club as rosters expanded and the team’s primary backup catcher, Matt Wieters, dealt with a nagging calf injury. But Hudson saw action in just one game, getting an opportunity to pinch-hit late in the Cardinals’ 10-0 rout of the Brewers on Sept. 13. Since he was previously outrighted by the Angels, he will be eligible to become a minor league free agent.
The 27-year-old Mayers posted a 7.03 ERA over four seasons (73 appearances and one start) with the Cardinals. After an encouraging 2018 season, Mayers struggled in 2019, posting a 6.63 ERA with 16 strikeouts and 11 walks over 19 innings. He spent over three months on the injured list with a lat strain and was outrighted to Memphis in late July before being brought back when rosters expanded on Sept. 1.