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Cardinals News and Notes: Arbitration Updates & Thursday at VEB

The latest on the Cards' arbitration-eligible players plus yesterday's VEB happening

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The hot stove is boiling! If you haven't already heard, the Cardinals released a bombshell announcement yesterday when it was confirmed that they had signed...




Randal Grichuk to a $2.6 million contract to avoid arbitration.

In other arbitration news, today is the deadline for clubs and players to exchange their salary figures. Both parties can continue negotiations and iron out a contract after this date–as was the case with Carlos Martinez last winter–but an arbitrator will choose between the two proposed salaries if no such agreement is reached. Expect a flurry of reports with official arbitration figures to break throughout the day. The hearings themselves begin January 29 and run through February 16.

The Cardinals still have three unsigned arbitration players in southpaw Tyler Lyons, who is arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career, in addition to second-timers Michael Wacha and the recently-aquired Marcell Ozuna. While Ozuna, a Scott Boras client, settled with the Marlins for $3.5 million before his breakout 2017, the Cardinals went to arbitration with Wacha over a $425,000 discrepancy. The case ruled in favor of the team, giving Wacha a $2.775 million salary last year.

Meanwhile, here is what we were up to at Viva El Birdos yesterday:

Have a good one,