The St. Louis Cardinals announced Daniel Descalso will serve on the team’s 2024 coaching staff and Joe McEwing will move to a front-office role.
The former Cardinals infielder and 2011 World Series Champion will serve as a bench coach during the 2024 season.
The 37-year-old was drafted in the third round by the Cardinals in 2007.
He was a member of the team from 2010 to 2014, playing on both the 2011 World Series championship team and the team that appeared in the World Series in 2013.
He played 10 years in MLB across four teams including the Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs.
Descalso served as a Special Assistant to Baseball Operations for the National League Champion Arizona Diamondbacks in 2023.
The Diamondbacks lost to the Texas Rangers in the World Series.
As part of the announcement, Joe McEwing, who was the team’s bench coach in 2023, was named a Special Assistant to President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak.
McEwing, a former Cardinal, was announced as a bench coach in January 2023 after Matt Holliday resigned just two months after being named to the position.
McEwing had coached and managed in the Chicago White Sox organization for the last 15 years prior to joining the Cardinals coaching staff.
The deal includes a club option for 2025 with a $1 million buyout, according to a source who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.
Lynn, 36, started his career with the Cardinals in 2011 and pitched out of the bullpen in the 2011 playoffs.
He was a member of the starting rotation from 2012 to 2017 before leaving in free agency.
He’s pitched for five teams in the years since then.
He posted a career-worst 5.53 ERA in 32 starts with the White Sox and Dodgers last season and allowed a league-high 44 home runs.
After being acquired by the Dodgers on July 28, he posted a 7-2 record with a 4.36 ERA.
Despite the high ERA, he posted 191 strikeouts between his time in Chicago and Los Angeles.
The Cardinals entered the offseason with a significant need for starting pitching.
Miles Mikolas, Drew Rom and Zack Thompson are the only starting pitchers listed on the team’s depth chart as of Monday morning.
The team has not formally announced the deal, which Passan said was still pending until a physical could be performed.
The Cardinals opened four spots on their 40-man roster last week by not offering contracts to pitchers Dakota Hudson and Jake Woodford and position players Andrew Knizner and Juan Yepez.