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Cardinals agree to contracts with Butler, Cox

Dec. 9, 2003

SportsLine.com wire reports


ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals got a pair of potential bench replacements Tuesday, agreeing to one-year contracts with infielder Brent Butler and first baseman-outfielder Steve Cox.


The deal for Butler, a third-round draft pick of St. Louis in 1996, pays him at an annual rate of $350,000 if he is in the major leagues and $100,000 if he's in the minors. He hit .211 in 37 games with the Rockies last year but spent most of the season with Triple-A Colorado Springs where he hit .332 in 54 games.


Butler, 25, went to the Rockies in a seven-player trade in 1999 that brought the late Darryl Kile to St. Louis.


Cox, 29, gets paid at an annual rate of $375,000 if he's in the majors and $125,000 if he's in the minors.


He was the starting first baseman for Tampa Bay in 2002, batting .254 with 16 homers, 30 doubles and 72 RBI. His contract was sold to the Yokohama Bay Stars of Japan's Central League last December and spent much of last season on the injured list after arthroscopic knee surgery.


The left-handed hitting Cox was obtained by the Devil Rays from Oakland in the 1997 expansion draft. He was the MVP of the International League in 1999 with a .341 average, 49 doubles and 127 RBI for Triple-A Durham.


The Cardinals need help on the bench after losing Eduardo A. Perez, who signed with the Devil Rays, and Miguel Cairo, still a free agent.



The Associated Press News Service

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