After an 11-year career in the Major Leagues and another seven as a coach or in the front office, Bill Mueller is finally returning home. The 1989 DeSmet graduate has been hired by the St. Louis Cardinals as their new assistant hitting coach.
“He was someone that we talked about say 10 days ago,” shared GM John Mozeliak on Monday. “I met with him face-to-face last Monday in Arizona. We had a really great conversation, he was excited to be a part of the Cardinals so we made him a job offer. He accepted and we’re happy for him to join us.”
Mueller spent last season as the hitting coach with the Chicago Cubs–a role he previously held with the Los Angeles Dodgers 2007.
A switch-hitter at the plate, Mueller batted .291 in his career and led the American League with a .326 average in 2003. He also played on the 2004 Boston Red Sox.
CHANGE FOR NON-TENDERS
–Earlier in the offseason, Mozeliak had stated the Cardinals intended to tender all of their arbitration eligible players. However, with the recent moves by the team, that is no longer the case.
“Probably not, given what we’ve been able to do and just some things that we’re seeing now–there could be a couple of non-tenders,” said Mozeliak.
One of those moves was the recent signing of free agent Dean Anna, a 27-year old who made his ML debut last season playing 12 games for the New York Yankees.
“He just gives us great flexibility,” commented Mozeliak. “He can play middle of the infield, offensively we like his profile, and he has options. A good person to add.”
Peter Bourjos, Tony Cruz, Daniel Descalso, Jon Jay, Lance Lynn, and Shane Robinson are all arbitration eligible. Teams must tender offers by 10:59pm CT on December 2nd or the players become free agents.
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