24 0-to-3 Year Players Agree to Terms with Cardinals

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St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today (Saturday, March 13) that they have agreed to terms and signed one-year contracts for the 2021 season with 24 players.

Agreeing to terms among the team’s 0 to 3 Major League service time players were pitchers Génesis Cabrera, Seth Elledge, Junior Fernandez, Giovanny Gallegos, Ryan Helsley, Dakota Hudson, Johan Oviedo, Daniel Ponce de Leon, Johan Quezada, Angel Rondón, Tyler Webb, Kodi Whitley and Jake Woodford; catchers Ivan Herrera, Andrew Knizner and Ali Sánchez; infielders Tommy Edman, John Nogowski and Edmundo Sosa, and outfielders Dylan Carlson, Austin Dean, Tyler O’Neill, Lane Thomas and Justin Williams.

Brian Walton’s take

This is business as usual, occurring this time every spring.

It appears this year’s process was calm after two consecutive springs in which staff ace Jack Flaherty chose not to agree to the team’s offer in protest. He was docked by the team but still had accept it if he wanted to play. In his first year of arbitration eligibility in 2021, Flaherty took the team to hearing and won his case.

To the above 24, all players who are not yet arbitration-eligible (which comes shortly before three seasons in the majors) are bound to salaries pre-determined by their teams. The primary requirement is that the players make above the MLB minimum salary of $570,500 this coming season.

The Cardinals use a pre-set salary scale driven by formulas for these pre-arbitration players, but their pay is relatively close to the base. As is the case for most players in this population across MLB, their actual pay is far below their market value. This matter may be put on the table during the upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations this year.

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