Over the last few weeks the St. Louis Cardinals have acquired a pair of utility-middle infielders and General Manager John Mozeliak has revised the team’s initial plan to acknowledge they are now unlikely to tender all of their arbitration-eligible players. So it is under that setting that Daniel Descalso could become a free agent by the end of today as the deadline for MLB teams to tender offers is tonight at 10:59pm CT.
Drafted in the third round of the 2007 amateur draft by St. Louis, Descalso has played in 529 games since making his debut with the Cardinals the end of 2010. Besides playing literally every position on the infield except catcher over that span (although he was the emergency backstop this past season) Daniel also provided some clutch hits–most notably his single to lead off the 9th inning of Game 6 in the 2011 World Series and his tw0-run single in the top of the 9th of Game 5 of the NLDS in 2012.
But in 2014, his salary jumped from $511,000 to $1.29 million while his at-bats dropped from 358 in 2013 to only 184. With Matt Carpenter, Jhonny Peralta, and Kolten Wong returning for regular roles and more affordable options available in Dean Anna, Greg Garcia, Tyler Kelly, and Pete Kozma for bench spots, there doesn’t appear to be a good fit for Descalso to remain with St. Louis.
Peter Bourjos, Tony Cruz, Jon Jay, Lance Lynn, and Jordan Walden are also St. Louis players eligible for arbitration.
Any player non-tendered becomes a free agent and can sign with any team.
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