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News: Cards Have Zero Non-Tendered Players

After offering contracts to all players on their 40-man roster before the November 30th deadline, the Cardinals guaranteed they would not have any non-tendered players on their roster during the offseason. This is especially significant for the Cards’ five arbitration-eligible players —  Jason Motte, David Freese, Mitchell Boggs, Edward Mujica, and Marc Rzepczynski. Offering each a contract for 2013 shows that GM John Mozeliak believes the team can negotiate reasonable contracts either before or via arbitration for all five players. Non-tendering any of the five arbitration-eligible players would have made them free agents. It also shows the organization’s commitment to Rzepczynski, who struggled in 2012 and will have competition in Spring Training for the lefty specialist role in the Cards bullpen. According to the St. Louis Dispatch, 2012 NL saves leader Motte is expected to receive the largest contract raise if he were to go to arbitration, which means that Motte should be Mozeliak’s first priority to negotiate with before arbitration.

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