The Cardinals exchanged salary figures this afternoon with Jason Motte, Marc Rzepczynski, and David Freese, their three remaining players up for arbitration after relief pitchers Mitchell Boggs and Edward Mujica agreed to one-year contracts earlier today, effectively avoiding arbitration for another year. The team’s and player’s representatives current offers are as follows:
- Motte- Team: $4.5 million Player: $5.5 million
- Rzepcyznski- Team: $900,000 Player: $1.1 million
- Freese- Team: $2.4 million Player: $3.75 million
Based on the insignificant gaps between their offers and the team’s offers, it is likely that Motte and Rzepcyznski will sign deals without having to go through any lengthy arbitration. Arbitration is a costly process, both financially and in terms of the potential damage it can do to the relationship between a player and an organization, so most teams try to avoid arbitration if possible. The team will have its work cut out for them if they hope to sign Freese before arbitration, however, as the team’s offer was only 64% of his current desired salary.