St. Louis signs Schafer, Fryer, Lino to contracts

ST. LOUIS (AP) The Cardinals have signed veteran Jordan Schafer and catchers Eric Fryer and Gabriel Lino to minor league contracts that include invitations to spring training.

Schafer spent parts of six seasons playing in the outfield for the Braves, Astros and Twins before making the transition to pitcher. The left-hander went 1-1 with a 3.83 ERA in 40 appearances for the Dodgers organization last season, rising from their Arizona Summer League affiliate to Triple-A.

Fryer appeared in a career high 60 games with St. Louis and Pittsburgh last season, while Lino had made 464 minor league appearances.

St. Louis has also signed left-hander Daniel Schlereth, a former first-round pick of the Diamondbacks, and infielder Dickie Joe Thorn. Both with report to minor league camp for spring training.

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