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Cardinals make moves to fill out 40-man roster

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Please welcome Magneuris Sierra, Eliezer Alvarez, Edmundo Sosa, and Rowan Wick to the stage. And so long, Tim Cooney.

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To finalize the 40-man roster, the Cardinals purchased the contracts of outfielder Magneuris Sierra, second baseman Eliezer Alvarez, shortstop Edmundo Sosa and reliever Rowan Wick. You can read prior VEB profiles of each here, here, here, and here.

Sierra, perhaps the most talked about of these prospects, surprisingly won the Cardinals minor league player of the year award in 2014 when he hit .386/.434/.505 in the Gulf Coast League. After a disappointing 2015, he rebounded last year and hit .307/.335/.395 and stole 31 bases in 500-plus plate appearances in Peoria.

In other news from Friday, the Cardinals lost left-handed pitcher Tim Cooney, who was claimed by Cleveland. Cooney, of course, made several promising starts for the Cardinals in 2015 (3.16 ERA, 3.58 FIP in 31.1 total innings) but had his entire 2016 derailed by injuries. Good luck to Cooney in Cleveland going forward.

And let’s check in on our own Joe Schwarz:

Turns out, we should have seen this day coming when Joe interviewed Cooney back in January of 2015.

Chin up, cheer up, Joe.