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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Cardinals, Descalso reach deal for 2014 season

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  • The St. Louis Cardinals and infielder Daniel Descalso avoided arbitration Wednesday when the two agreed on a one year deal for the 2014 season. While details of the contract were not provided by the Cardinals' organization, the financial terms were later learned from the Associated Press.
    Descalso agreed to a $1.29 million, one-year contract which was the midpoint between the $1.65 million he had asked for in arbitration and the $930,000 St. Louis had offered. That is a raise of $779,000 from the $511,000 he earned last season.
    St. Louis has now agreed to contracts with all of its arbitration eligible players. Outfielders Jon Jay and Peter Bourjus agreed to deals earlier this month.
    The 27-year-old Descalso set career-highs with five home runs, 42 RBIs, 25 doubles and 43 runs scored last season.
    Descalso has spent the last three full seasons with the Cardinals after joining the club for 11 games in 2010. During that time, he has hit 10 home runs, driven in 101 runs, and scored 125 runs while batting .243. Additionally, Descalo has collected 57 doubles, 11 triples, 94 walks, and stolen 15 bases all while playing 425 games.
    Defensively, Descalso can play anywhere in the infield. He has played 186 games at third base while starting 84 at the hot corner. He has also played 153 games at second base, 99 of which he started. Then there is short stop. Descalso has played 95 games at short and he started 79 of those games. Descalso also played five games at first base. He did not start any games at first and all five games came during the 2012 season.
    Descalso played in a career-high 148 games in 2011. In 2012 he played in 143 games before seeing his playing time reduced last year to 123 games.
    He has committed 37 total errors in 1,212 chances over 2,597.1 innings of play.
    Descalso and Jamey Carroll, who is with the Washington Nationals organization, are the only players in the majors to have made 90 appearances at third base, second base and shortstop the last three seasons.
    According to the Associated Press, the non-guaranteed contract includes a $10,000 performance bonus for 250 plate appearances.

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