Cardinals Kevin Siegrist, Trevor Rosenthal Avoid Arbitration Hearings. Carlos Martinez, No Extension?

By Beth Chapman
Jan. 14, 2017

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Thursday that they and 1B Matt Adams had reached a deal, 1 YR/$2.8 MM, for his second year arbitration eligible. "IF" the Texas Rangers are still interested in the lefty, they would get a solid first baseman, in my opinion; and, still a controlled salaried player. As of yesterday morning, Cardinals still had four AE players to negotiate with. Pitchers, starters Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha; along with, relievers Trevor Rosenthal and Kevin Siegrist

Closer/reliever Trevor Rosenthal, in his second year of arbitration eligibility, signed a one year deal to return with the Cardinals.
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Announced on Friday evening, Rosenthal and Siegrist signed one year contracts to avoid the AE hearings, which will begin at the end of this month. 

Cardinals News Release ~ Friday, January 13, 2017

From CardinalsFarm on Twitter @CardinalsFarmSiegrist was projected to make $1.9 million and Rosenthal $6.3 million by @mlbtraderumors    


Information provided by Jon Heyman on Twitter, @JonHeyman: Michael Wacha filed his "desired salary" .... Wacha filed at $3.2 MM, Cardinals have countered with $2.775 MM. With Wacha's history of a rare shoulder injury, in my opinion, for his first AE year, a satisfactory "mean" will be agreed upon prior to January 30, 2017. 


The final AE negotiation, that of Carlos Martinez. A fireball on the hill, and the main-stay starter for the Cardinals during their 2016 season, 16-9/3.04 ERA with 31 game starts. No real news during this off-season, other than "interest and available talk" about an extension between the Cardinals and C Martinez. Not enough to say it was in stone. Even though, fans have concluded no information, timeline that has passed and Arbitration Eligible Hearings soon to begin equaled both sides have been talking an extension for the 25 year old to cover the arbitration years, plus. However, again reported by Jon Heyman

This bit of news, to me, is the most shocking of the five. There again, a lot of baseball business is above my knowledge level. And, last season, Cardinals fans were "for sure" an extension would be inked for Rosenthal in his first year of AE. He had two prior seasons with 45/48 saves, respectively. The Cardinals and Rosenthal signed for a 1 Yr/$5.6 MM. Evidently, the Cardinals are looking, once again, to keep a young player on a controlled salary. I feel the two parties will definitely "make the deal".... 

Looking back, Martinez was taken out of the end of the 2015 season with shoulder stress and was unavailable for postseason. After the Cardinals experience with Rosenthal this past season, did that play a part in the Cardinals consideration of an extension for Martinez. But, he was fine in 2016. Rosenthal, by far fewer save situations, struggled on the hill which retired him as closer; and, he admitted to a shoulder injury which eventually put him on DL. In the scheme of contracts, good the Cardinals didn't lock-in Rosenthal for six-seven years? Was Rosenthal's demise in 2016 a "caution light" for Martinez in 2017? 

This is Martinez first year AE. He is being considered to be the Cardinals #1 starter for 2017, by different reports. He has held steady in the past two seasons with his 3.01 ERA/3.04 ERA in 2015-2016, respectively. Should he maintain his solid performance through this upcoming season, will the Cardinals be ready to seriously consider a long contract for his future? They don't hand out extensions like candy. However, in my opinion, the Cardinals should have used the same 'do-diligence' regarding 2B Kolton Wong (5 Yr/$25.5 MM) last season. As of yet, to me and many Cardinals fans, Wong still has to prove he is the player the Cardinals 'hold faith' that he is. That subject has been hashed and re-hashed several times. 

I believe in Heyman and the above figures he reports are fact. Such a small margin of difference, I would think (which is a stretch concerning the Cardinals organization and summation) Martinez should see a 1 Yr/$4.25 MM. To me, Martinez should have filed at least $6 MM for this coming year. But ~ is what it is, evidently.  Or, is the above, file and counter, just "figures" that must have been logged due to a deadline? Martinez will be key to the Cardinals rotation in 2017. In my opinion, there is still could be time to lock him in. 

Personally, I'm still amazed as I reread the Twitter statement above.