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Brett Cecil | Relief Pitcher | #21

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/2/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: Maryland
Drafted: 2007 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / TOR
Contract: view contract details

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Brett Cecil gave up four runs without retiring a batter and took a loss Thursday in relief against the Cubs.
Cecil's outing started with what might go down as the most bizarre sight of the season; his strike three to Matt Szczur bounced up and stuck to Yadier Molina's chest protector. Molina couldn't find the ball, and Szczur reached first on what was termed a wild pitch. A walk, a homer, another walk and a single followed. One imagines things might have gone a lot differently had Cecil's initially strikeout turned into an out, but who knows for sure? Apr 6 - 5:32 PM

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Brett Cecil failed to retire a batter and was charged with six runs Sunday against the Mets.

The spring ERA isn't bouncing back from that. He allowed more runs today than he had in 17 2/3 innings over the course of the last four springs. Cecil is expected to be the Cardinals' primary setup man after signing a four-year, $30.5 million deal in November.
Mar 5 - 5:24 PM

Cardinals signed LHP Brett Cecil to a four-year, $30.5 million contract.

The Cardinals introduced Cecil at a press conference on Monday. The veteran southpaw fills a major void in the club's bullpen, as a left-hander that can be trusted in high-leverage situations late in the game. He'll help get the ball to Seung-Hwan Oh in the ninth inning.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 02:33:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Brett Cecil's four-year deal with the Cardinals will include a full no-trade clause.

The deal is still pending a physical. Cecil has been one of the most reliable late-inning relievers in all of baseball the last four seasons, registering a 2.90 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 11.5 K/9 in 205 innings.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 02:20:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Cardinals have agreed to a four-year contract with Brett Cecil.

The deal, which is pending a physical, could exceed $30 million. He's expected to work as the primary left-handed setup option in front of closer Seung-Hwan Oh. The 30-year-old southpaw registered a 3.93 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 45/8 K/BB ratio over 36 2/3 innings with the Blue Jays in 2016.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 01:22:00 PM

Sportsnet's Jamie Campbell is hearing the Blue Jays have offered Brett Cecil a three-year contract.

Cecil posted a relatively underwhelming 3.93 ERA in 54 appearances this year while battling lat and triceps injuries, but he's a pretty good bounceback candidate for 2017 and the Jays clearly recognize that. So will other teams. Cecil, 30, had a 2.67 ERA and 216 strikeouts in 168 1/3 innings between 2013-2015.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 10:32:00 AM

The Mariners have expressed interest in free agent reliever Brett Cecil, reports Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

Morosi notes that the Mariners are determined to add a left-handed reliever this offseason, so they likely have a list of players they are reaching out to. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times notes that Boone Logan is also in that mix. Cecil, 30, compiled a 3.93 ERA and 45/8 K/BB ratio over 36 2/3 innings this season with Toronto.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 05:27:00 PM

Brett Cecil blew a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning of Sunday's loss to the Indians.

Cecil was tasked with taking over for a lights-out Marcus Stroman with one out in the eighth inning. It didn't go so well. After inducing a lineout from Jason Kipnis, the 30-year-old reliever allowed an infield single to Francisco Lindor. In and of itself, that wasn't a killer, but Jose Ramirez promptly followed with a two-run home run to boost the Indians to a 3-2 advantage. They would hold onto that lead in the final frame. Cecil fell to 1-7 after taking the loss and holds a dismal 5.13 ERA and 1.44 WHIP for the season as a whole.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 04:22:00 PM

Blue Jays activated LHP Brett Cecil from the 15-day disabled list.

Cecil missed six weeks of action with a lat strain. He'll eventually return to a setup role for the Jays, although they could ease him back into high-leverage situations.
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 02:50:00 PM

Brett Cecil (lat) will continue his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo.

Cecil, who is making his way back from a torn lat muscle, allowed one run in two innings with four strikeouts over two appearances with High-A Dunedin. The southpaw will likely make another couple of appearances before rejoining the Blue Jays.
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 07:12:00 PM

Brett Cecil (lat) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Dunedin.

Cecil has been out for the last month because of a lat strain and will probably need 3-4 minor league rehab appearances. He had a 5.23 ERA and 1.94 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings with the Jays before suffering the injury.
Tue, Jun 21, 2016 04:44:00 PM

Brett Cecil (lat) said he felt good after throwing a simulated game on Saturday.

The Blue Jays continue to take things slow with the injured southpaw, but he is at least making progress toward a return to the big league club. He could be ready for a minor league rehab assignment soon.
Sat, Jun 18, 2016 01:55:00 PM

Brett Cecil (lat) threw off the mound Monday and felt good.

It was his first time throwing off the mound since he was diagnosed with a torn latissimus dorsi muscle about a month ago. He's still ramping things up, so it's unclear when he'll be ready for a rehab assignment, let alone a return to the Blue Jays.
Mon, Jun 13, 2016 04:52:00 PM

Brett Cecil (lat) is currently throwing from 90 feet at the Blue Jays' spring training complex.

He's not ready for mound work yet, but progress is being made. Cecil could have a shot to return before the end of the month if all goes well.
Sun, Jun 5, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Brett Cecil has been diagnosed with a torn latissimus dorsi muscle and will be out at least a month.

Cecil was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 15 with what was originally labeled a left triceps strain. Further testing done this week revealed a more serious issue. The lefty reliever will likely remain on the shelf through mid-June and possibly into July.
Thu, May 19, 2016 09:21:00 AM

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C1Yadier Molina
2Eric Fryer
1B1Matt Carpenter
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Aledmys Diaz
3B1Jedd Gyorko
2Jhonny Peralta
LF1Randal Grichuk
2Jose Martinez
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Tommy Pham
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Michael Wacha
6Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Brett Cecil
3Kevin Siegrist
4Trevor Rosenthal
5Matt Bowman
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8Miguel Socolovich
9Sam Tuivailala
10Zach Duke