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:
- A brief history of Cardinals one-year wonders: John assembles a lineup of the best Cardinals with a single-season tenure in St. Louis.
- Is Cardinals ownership cheap?: I compared the Cardinals' recent spending to the revenue the franchise generated and explained what this may suggest about ownership's underlying priorities.
- Viva El Birdos Cardinals Top Prospects: Ian Oxvenad: Aaron takes a look at a lefty starter who just missed his top 30 prospect rankings.
- #tbt: Carlos Martínez pitches first career shutout - A Hunt and Peck: Sometimes you just need to treat yo self to some El Gallo dominance.
Have a good one,