ST. LOUIS (KMOX) updated Thursday – The St. Louis Cardinals have signed right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson to a two-year deal that includes a team option for the 2020 season.
The 33-year-old Gregerson spent this past season with the Astros, winning his first World Series ring. He was 2-3 with a 4.57 ERA in 61 innings and made a team-high 56 appearances. His 70 strikeouts were the most since his struck out 72 in 2012 for San Diego.
Gregerson was originally drafted by the Cardinals in the 28th round of the 2006 draft. He was traded to the Padres as a player to be named later in the Khalil Greene deal in March 2009. Gregerson debuted with San Diego later that year and quickly emerged as a quality setup man.
He also served as Team USA’s closer during the World Baseball Classic this spring. In 2017, Gregerson threw 61 innings with a 4.57 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 2017 – it was arguably the worst season of his career.
He signed a three-year, $18.5 million contract with the Houston Astros, Gregerson totaled a career-high 31 saves in 2015.