The St. Louis Cardinals announced Friday that they have agreed to terms with free-agent right-handed pitcher Drew VerHagen on a two-year (2022-23) contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The 31-year old VerHagen, who was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the fourth round in 2012 out of Vanderbilt University, pitched the past two seasons with Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japan Pacific League, going a combined 13-14 with a 3.49 ERA in 39 games (208.2 IP). He logged 96.0 innings in 20 games for Nippon in 2021, striking out 100 batters while going 5-8 with a 3.84 ERA.
“We have been following Drew for the past two seasons in Japan while playing for the Nippon Ham Fighters,” said Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak. “We believe he will compete for a starting job, but could easily transition to the bullpen if needed. We are excited to have Drew join our organization.”
VerHagen, a 6-6, 230-pound righty, posted a 10-10 career mark in parts of six seasons…