OFFSEASON Cardinals have some choices on the Horizon

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    Cardinals facing non-tender decisions
    St. Louis has seven arbitration-eligible players
    November 23rd, 2015

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    Moss' game-tying single 1:18
    10/13/15: Brandon Moss plates Jhonny Peralta with the tying run as Tony Cruz is nailed at the dish trying to score the go-ahead run
    By Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com | @LangoschMLB | November 23rd, 2015
    ST. LOUIS -- With seven players qualifying for arbitration this winter, the Cardinals must decide by next Wednesday whether to tender a contract to each.

    Some decisions are obvious, as is the case for first-time eligible players Trevor Rosenthal, Seth Maness and Matt Adams. Others will be less so because of either fit or potential salary obligations. Remember that when tendering a contract to arbitration-eligible players, the Cardinals are agreeing to commit at least a one-year deal to that player, with the possibility that an arbitration panel determines the value of that contract.

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    While there are still many more weeks to negotiate deals independent of an arbiter, here is a look at each of the team's arbitration-eligible players, their cases and factors for the Cardinals to consider:

    OF/1B Brandon Moss: Arbitration-eligible for the third time, Moss is an interesting case for the Cards. The organization was willing to part with young pitching prospect Rob Kaminsky to land Moss at the non-waiver Trade Deadline because it knew Moss was under team control for 2016, as well. But his impact was limited with St. Louis, and Moss is going to see a raise from the $6.5 million he made in 2015 even though he doesn't have a defined role with the team next year. Nevertheless, the Cards seem likely to tender Moss a contract. For a team searching for offense, Moss has as much power potential as anyone on the Major League roster.

    OF Peter Bourjos: Bourjos, also a third-time arbitration-eligible player, doesn't have an obvious fit on the Cardinals' 2016 roster. He hasn't found traction with the team since being acquired in November 2013, and the Cardinals have a glut of outfielders already. It's likely the Cardinals will try to trade Bourjos instead of letting him loose for nothing. If they're unable to, Bourjos, who made $1.65 million in 2015, is a strong non-tender candidate.

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    Bourjos' solo homer
    CIN@STL: Bourjos crushes a home run to left
    9/23/15: Peter Bourjos tattoos a solo shot to left, boosting the Cardinals' lead to 10-1 in the bottom of the 7th
    RHP Steve Cishek: Cishek, like Moss, came to the Cardinals as part of a Trade Deadline move. However, he is coming off a season plagued by control problems and one that included him making a $6.65 million salary. His salary escalated so substantially each of the last two offseasons because he was closing for the Marlins. The Cardinals will not commit those sorts of dollars to a middle reliever. While they may engage in negotiations for a lesser deal, the Cards will not get locked into the arbitration process with Cishek.

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    Cishek induces double play
    STL@ATL: Cishek induces double play to escape a jam
    10/4/15: Steve Cishek induces a double play in the bottom of the 7th off the bat of Daniel Castro to escape a jam
    C Tony Cruz: Because he gets such limited playing time as Yadier Molina's backup, Cruz won't see a substantial rise from his $775,000 salary in 2015. His familiarity with the Cardinals' pitching staff makes Cruz an asset to the club, and he's expected to be tendered a contract, even if the Cardinals also go out to look for additional catching depth on the free-agent market this offseason.

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    Cruz's RBI double
    STL@CHC Gm4: Cruz doubles home Heyward in the 6th
    10/13/15: Tony Cruz grounds a double to right, scoring Jason Heyward and cutting the deficit to one
    RHP Rosenthal: Of anyone on this list, Rosenthal, the team's closer, will see the most substantial percentage increase in salary this winter. He earned just over the Major League minimum while saving a franchise-record 48 games in 2015. He has consecutive 45-save seasons, and relievers with high save totals do well in the arbitration process. The Cardinals have been preparing for the salary spike, and Rosenthal fits the mold as a player the Cards may consider signing to a multiyear deal this offseason.

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    Rosenthal sets franchise record
    Rosenthal sets Cards' franchise record with 48th save
    Trevor Rosenthal sets a Cardinals franchise record with his 48th save, a record that stood since Lee Smith saved 47 games in 1991
    1B Adams: Though he's unlikely to open the season as the team's starting first baseman, Adams is expected to be tendered a contract. Instead of coming off a second straight season as an everyday player, Adams is on the heels of a 2015 campaign in which he was limited to 60 games due to injury. Even if he is a backup option in 2016, he'll be an asset for the Cards.

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    Adams' RBI double
    STL@PIT: Adams hits double to plate hustling Heyward
    9/30/15: Matt Adams knocks a double to right field and Jason Heyward hustles all the way home from first to put the Cardinals ahead, 2-0
    RHP Maness: Maness was one of manager Mike Matheny's most trusted relievers again in 2015 and remains a part of the organization's future. He qualified for arbitration as a Super Two player, meaning he'll get four years of arbitration-eligibility as opposed to the usual three. He will be tendered a contract and will likely return to a key bullpen role in 2016.

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    The Cardinals are going to bring in Rosenthal,Maness and Adams that is a given.. The others I can't be to sure about by any means... The Cardinals don't want to give up on Bourjos and I don"t blame them one bit.. However the Cardinals already have a truck load of outfielders. I think Moss is the guy they have to bring back without thinking about it. The Cardinals gave up a damn good prospect to get him and the reports out there say he wasn't healthy this season coming off offseason surgery..

    The Cardinals need power and Moss has tons of it and if the Cardinals can get anything out of this deal it wont look like a total waste from the Cardinals side.
     

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