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ST. LOUIS -- Braden Looper and the Cardinals agreed Thursday to a $13.5 million, three-year contract, giving St. Louis another newcomer in its rebuilt bullpen.

 

Looper had 28 saves in 36 chances with a 3.94 ERA for the New York Mets last season, but will be a setup man for closer Jason Isringhausen with the Cardinals. The right-hander fills a slot held the past two seasons by Julian Tavarez, who became a free agent.

 

Looper's deal calls for salaries of $3.5 million in 2006, $4.5 million in 2007 and $5.5 million in 2008. He can earn $1 million in performance bonuses, some of them based on games finished in case he becomes the closer.

 

Earlier this offseason, the Cardinals signed left-hander Ricardo Rincon to replace Ray King, who was traded to Colorado.

 

Looper was a first-round pick of the Cardinals in 1996 and pitched in four games for them in 1998 before going to the Florida Marlins after that season in a trade for shortstop Edgar Renteria. He pitched four seasons with the Marlins and the last two with the Mets.

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Wow. Forget Scott Eyre, BJ Ryan and Tom Gordon, that's the most inflated contract given to a reliever.

 

3 years, for a guy coming off a horrible year affected by injury, and at an annual rate that doesn't even represent a pay-cut.

 

It would have made more sense for the Cards to just throw that money at AJ on top of what they were offering.

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They should have given me that money. In exchange, I would give Jocketty a savage beating for doing something so horribly stupid. The sad part is, the beating will be much less painful than a season of Braden "Fruit" Looper's pitching.

 

Octavio Dotel would have been a MUCH more sensible choice.

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Good luck to Loop over in St.Louis, but that means Insrenhausen wont be a Card anymore?

 

I don't think Looper is going to get a shot at being the closer.

 

Not unless La Russa wants to lose his job

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Good Luck Looper (YOUR GONNA NEED IT!) 3 year deal.. he'll be in AAA by mid season

 

 

Probably not. Remember, his horrible numbers came as a closer. Now, he'll be primarily used against righties, because Tony LaRussa loves to make pitching changes for righty-righty and lefty-lefty matchups more than probably any other manager in MLB. So, here are his 2005 splits against righties:

 

34 Innings Pitched

26 Hits

1 HR

9 BB

19 K

1.03 WHIP

.210 Batting Average Against

 

Pretty solid. If they keep him away from the lefties, he'll do fine in a setup role for the Cardinals.

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