Hey, everybody! There's a real baseball deadline today! At 11 PM we will have the non-tenders and non-non-tenders to talk about, and Russ Springer and Braden Looper to discuss in particular. Trever Miller still hangs in the balance.
Matthew Leach's summary of the Cardinals' arbitration situation is a good take on what seems like a fairly straightforward situation. Isringhausen: absolutely not. Looper: absolutely. Springer: Er, ah, we'll see about it.
The downside to offering arbitration to Springer seems pretty low, to me, but the upside is lower than it seems if the Cardinals really don't think they need him next year. It seems almost absurd to say that, since he was far and away their best reliever in 2007 and 2008 and he stands to get only a minor raise if he accepts arbitration, but the Cardinals have a lot of right-handed relievers coming down the pike and Springer, even more than most really good relief pitchers, comes with a lot of built-in uncertainty. To recap:
- He is really old
- He wasn't very good for most of his career
- He is a relief pitcher