The St. Louis Cardinals have signed infielder Dean Anna to a Major League deal, according to Chad Jennings of (h/t MLBTR). Anna was claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 2014 season, after spending some time in the majors with the New York Yankees. He can play shortstop, second, and third base, and has received good grades for his defense. He also has good numbers in his time at Triple-A, posting a .296/.385/.432 line.

Anna was eligible as a minor league free agent this off-season, after being outrighted off the Pirates’ 40-man roster. They have since added two utility players in Justin Sellers (acquired for cash) and Jake Elmore (waiver claim). It will be interesting to see how Anna compares to those two infielders this year. He does have two option years remaining, so there’s no guarantee he will play in the majors, even with the MLB deal. The significance of the deal is that it gives him a spot on the 40-man roster, which is rare for a minor league free agent to receive.

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  1. It’s ” dumpster diving ” and jokes all around when they sign a guy like this, But, when they release the guy and some other orginizations goes to that proverbial dumpster, dontchajessknow that they have been , outsmarted ! Oh yeah ! Dean Anna will be the difference between the Pirates and Cardinals getting to the playoffs. Sure……

  2. I can see it now, Anna driving in a go ahead run or a walk off in 2015 in a Pirates/Cardinals matchup. Much the way Ryan Ludwick, Steve Pearce and others seem to come back to haunt us for moves like this. Oh that hindsight.

  3. I find this mind boggling – the BMTIB is outsmarted again. Oh well – we still have Brent Morel I think…

  4. Looks like 2014 was a bad year for Anna, but in 2013 he was terrific. Was he battling a nuisance injury last year? The Pirates were probably figuring that his poor performance in 2014 would scare any potential suitors off. Seems like he’ll be a bounce back candidate for the Cards. Do they have any hitting gurus like the Pirates have Pitching wizards?

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