Good Morning Cardinal Nation. Here’s what I have for you this morning:
ARBITRATION FILING BEGINS: David Freese, Jason Motte, Marc Rzepczynski, Edward Mujica, and Mitchell Boggs all filed for arbitration on Tuesday. The Cardinals have not gone to a hearing with a player in more than ten years, according to Derrick Goold. The team plans to finalize deals with all five players in the near future to avoid taking that step. This is certainly part of the reason why John Mozeliak has been relatively quiet this off-season. Considering the 2012 salaries listed below, I would expect all five to making at least $1 million in 2013, with Freese most likely getting the biggest raise.
Freese: $508,000 Motte: $1.95 million Rzepczynski: $504,000 Mujica: $1.625 million Boggs: $506,000
SORIANO SIGNS WITH NATS: Rafael Soriano, one of Scott Boras’s remaining unsigned free agents in addition to Kyle Lohse, signed a two-year deal worth just about $28 million on Tuesday with the Washington Nationals, making him currently the highest paid closer in the game. Though many people thought he would end up with the Detroit Tigers, it sounds like he took the best offer out there which came from Washington. Now the Nationals truly have a dominant pitching staff from Stephen Strasburg down to their closer. If a team falls behind to them, I think it’s going to be very difficult to come back in later innings.
DODGERS CONSIDERING SCOTT ROLEN: The L.A. Dodgers are reportedly interested in signing the 37-year old third baseman who hit .245 with 8 HRs in 92 games last year for the Cincinnati Reds.