Cardinals and Bigbie agree to one-year contract
The Cardinals also failed to offer contracts to catcher Mike Mahoney, reliever Mike Lincoln and infielders Bo Hart and Scott Seabol by the 11 p.m. CST deadline, allowing the four to become free agents.
Bigbie, who will get a shot to replace the departed Reggie Sanders in left field, hit a combined .239 with five homers and 23 RBIss for the Rockies and Orioles last year. Colorado acquired him for outfielder Eric Byrnes on July 29.
St. Louis obtained Bigbie from Colorado with second baseman Aaron Miles for reliever Ray King on Dec. 8, Bigbie's deal allows him to earn an has $50,000 in performance bonuses -- $25,000 each for 500 and 550 plate appearances.
The 29-year-old Hart was the highest-profile player among those not offered contracts. He was 7-for-10 to start his career in 2003, getting his chance to start at second base and bat leadoff after injuries to Fernando Vina and Miguel Cairo.
Hart batted .277 in 2003 with four homers and 28 RBIss in 296 at-bats in 2003, but he appeared in only 11 games in 2004 and spent all of last season at Triple-A Memphis.
Mahoney, 33, split last season between Memphis and St. Louis, making most of his 21 starts while Yadier Molina was on the disabled list with a broken left hand. Lincoln, 30, hasn't pitched since May 2004 due to a pair of elbow operations.
Seabol, 30, got his first extended chance in the major leagues because of a season-ending shoulder injury to Scott Rolen and batted .225 with seven RBIss in 23 starts.
AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this report.
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