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David Freese, Cardinals avoid arbitration

Feb 8, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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David Freese has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal with the Cardinals, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Freese was arbitration eligible for the first time after hitting .293 with 20 homers and an .839 OPS in 144 games last season, the first year in which he’s played more than 100 games. He requested $3.75 million and the Cardinals countered at $2.4 million.

No word on the exact money yet, but Goold says Freese will get more than $3 million for his age-30 season.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Wonder if that was his peek year. 30 and down is it not? Unless you’re Barry bonds.

  2. digbysellers - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    He’s got a few good years left in him without a doubt. You can’t name many teams with a better 3B right now and it seems to me he’s even a bit underpaid. Would you rather the Redbirds have to go the Phillies route and drag a DH out to 3B every day this season? At least STL knows things are covered over there…nice signing.

    • gibbyfan - Feb 8, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      Cards got a pretty good deal, IMO. That’s about 1/8 of what AP wanted.

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