St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - The St. Louis Cardinals signed a veteran catcher to a minor league deal and announced they've given longtime pitcher Kyle McClellan his unconditional release.
The team signed Rob Johnson to a deal with the Memphis Redbirds, the club's Triple-A affiliate, and extended him a non-roster invitation to their 2013 Spring Training camp.
Johnson, 30, is a Montana native who split time this past season between the New York Mets and their Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo. Rob Johnson played with the Seattle Mariners from 2007 to 2010 before being traded to the San Diego Padres prior to the 2011 season.
Rob Johnson has a career .201 batting average, with 8 home runs and 62 RBI in 245 games. He batted .250 in 17 games with the Mets last season.
In five seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Kyle McClellan appeared in 261 games, compiling a 3.69 ERA with 257 strikeouts and a 1.288 WHIP.