The Cardinals and 2011 World Series MVP David Freese have agreed to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration, an official confirmed.
The deal, which will be announced this afternoon, means that all of the Cardinals' arbitration-eligible players have signed.
"We're happy to have all of our arbitration-eligible players signed before the start of spring training," general manager John Mozeliak said. "I think (Freese) was a interesting case from the comparison standpoint because his value had been raised by his October heroics."
In his first year of eligibility for arbitration, Freese, a St. Louis-area native, received a considerable raise. The final salary is expected to be more than $3.075 million. Last month, the Cardinals and Freese's agent exchanged suggested salaries as part of the arbitration process. The Cardinals submitted an offer of $2.4 million; Freese's agent filed at $3.75 million.
Cards sign Freese to one-year deal
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Feb 8