Good Morning Cardinal Nation. Here’s what I have for you this morning:
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ON ARBITRATION: The Cardinals signed both Edward Mujica and Mitchell Boggs to one-year contracts. Mujica signed for $3.2 million, a considerable raise from $1.625 million in 2012. Boggs will make $1.475 milion just under 1 million more than last season. Mujica will be a free agent at the end of the 2013 season.
As for the other three arbitration-eligible players, Jason Motte and the Cardinals are reportedly close to a deal. The submitted salary figures for him were $4.5 million and $5.5 million, suggesting that they will probably end up at around $5 million. As Derrick Goold notes, the widest gap for the Cards is with David Freese, who submitted a salary of $3.75 million as opposed to the club’s suggested offer of $2.4 million. Despite the large difference, I would still expect them to find some middle ground before heading to a hearing. While either figure would be a huge jump from his salary of $508,000 in 2012, he obviously deserves it.
Lastly, Marc Rzepczynski filed for $1.3 million, while the Cardinals submitted a salary of $900,000, suggesting they will end up somewhere around $1.1 million. He made 504,000 in 2012. These huge jumps in salary for all five of these players is definitely a part of why the Cardinals did not make any huge signings this offseason, putting aside the fact that it probably wasn’t necessary anyway to make a huge signing, as Tony LaRussa will note below.
LARUSSA ON 101ESPN: Tony LaRussa joined Bernie Miklasz on 101ESPN on Friday. Here’s a little bit of what he had to say:
ON CARDS’ FANS RELATIONSHIP WITH PUJOLS: He expects fans over time to repair their relationship with Albert Pujols. At the end of the day, people will remember much more what he did for 11 years than his departure.
ON CARDS’ OFFSEASON: They didn’t do much because they didnt have to do much. The biggest mistake they could have made was fix something that isn’t broken. They have a great nucleus, and they had a lot of young guys last year who are now a year older and more experienced. The Cardinals should be as good as anybody, particularly with a healthy Chris Carpenter.
WINTER WARM-UP BEGINS TODAY: I will be at Winter Warm-Up over the next couple days and will be sure to come back with highlights. I encourage all to come out and enjoy the events as well as support Cardinals Care.