- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)43
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)31
- Tanker truck catches fire near Oak Ridge (04/24/16)7
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
Cardinals sign Eckstein to fill shortstop vacancy
The popular former Angels player signed a three-year contract.
The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS -- David Eckstein agreed Thursday to a three-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, completing a triangle of shortstop switches.
Boston started it by luring Edgar Renteria from St. Louis with a $40 million, four-year contract. Anaheim then chose to cut loose Eckstein on Monday and give a $32 million, four-year deal to Orlando Cabrera, who finished last season with the Red Sox.
Eckstein, 29, was a fan favorite in Anaheim, helping the Angels win the 2002 World Series title with his spunky play.
He hit .276 with two homers and 35 RBIs last season, and the leadoff man scored 92 runs. He was the second-hardest player to strikeout in the AL, with just 49 in 566 at-bats.
Eckstein had an 18-game hitting streak last season, a career best, and led major league shortstops with a .988 fielding percentage, committing just six errors.
"He addresses two of our needs, that of a shortstop and leadoff hitter," general manager Walt Jocketty said. "David also has a style of hard-nose play that we feel will fit in well in St. Louis."