Earlier in the week, the St. Louis Cardinals signed veteran reliever Bud Norris to a one-year deal.

Norris, who gained closing experience last season with the Los Angeles Angels, is viewed as a potential ninth-inning option for his new club, along with fellow free-agent signee Luke Gregerson and perhaps a few others. One Cardinal pitcher unlikely to get saves is former top prospect Alex Reyes, who underwent Tommy John surgery last February. Here's what Cardinals general manager Michael Girsch said on a radio hit Thursday.