Originally posted on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 12/12/11
Players with between almost three and less than six years of Major League service time are eligible to have their salaries for the next season decided through an arbitration process as defined in the labor agreement between players and owners. Before this gets underway, clubs have a decision to make. Teams must specifically decide if they want enter the process by an annual deadline. The alternative is that the player will be granted free agency. This year’s cutoff is midnight Eastern time tonight, Monday, December 12. The St. Louis Cardinals have four eligible players, pitchers Kyle McClellan and Jason Motte and infielders Skip Schumaker and Ryan Theriot. Each of them might make in the $2-$4 million range next season. In the polls below, please specify what you think the Cardinals should do. Should they offer contracts to none, all four or something in between? Further, should the money not spent on Albert Pujols affect the Cardinals’ arbitration decisions on these four? In ot...
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