Veteran reliever gets minor league contract

Reliever Scott Linebrink agreed to terms on a minor league

contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, and will be among the

non-roster invitees to spring training.

The 35-year-old Linebrink was 4-4 with a 3.64 ERA in 64 games

with the Atlanta Braves last season. He struck out 42 in 54 1-3

innings and held batters to a .235 batting average.

In 607 career games, Linebrink has a 3.51 ERA – fourth-best

among active pitchers with at least 600 appearances, trailing

Mariano Rivera (2.21), Francisco Cordero (3.17) and Brian Fuentes

(3.44). He has also pitched for San Francisco, Houston, San Diego,

Milwaukee and the Chicago White Sox.