Lefthanded reliever Marc Rzepczynski settled essentially in the middle Friday when he and the Cardinals agreed to a 2013 base contract of $1.1 million, thus avoiding arbitration.
Third baseman David Freese, seeking $3.75 million to the club's offer of $2.4 million, is the only arbitration-eligible unsigned player for the Cardinals.
Rzepczynski, 27, had filed an arbitration figure at $1.3 million and the Cardinals at $900,000, so the two sides met halfway with the exception that Rzepczynski would receive an extra $25,000 if he appears in 70 games this season and another $25,000 if he appears in 75 or more. He worked in 70 games last season, second behind righthander Mitchell Boggs, who had 78.
Rzepczynski ended the season with eight scoreless appearances and finished with 19 "holds," but his season wasn't really what he and the Cardinals were expecting. The 2011 acquisition from Toronto had a 4.24 earned run average and gave up seven home runs in 46 2/3 innings, allowing 46 hits and 17 walks.
Most of that damage came in the first half of the season because after July 1, Rzepczynski gave up earned runs in just three of 33 appearances the rest of the season and posted a 1.83 ERA, with opponents batting but .186 against him.
Rzepczynski agrees to deal; Freese unsigned
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Feb 2