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Posted on January 23, 2013 at 7:12 AM
Filed Under: St. Louis Cardinals
While Stan Musial is still strongly in our thoughts (and more links about him in a bit), the Cardinals have started to move on with preparations for the 2013 season.  Yesterday, that meant making sure there was some stability in the back of the bullpen, signing Jason Motte to a two-year contract worth $12 million.

I think the best way to look at this is to take the If You Give A Mouse A Cookie approach.  If you give Motte a one-year deal or settle in arbitration, he's probably going to have a good year.  If he has a good year, his price will probably go up.  If his price goes up, you have some tough decisions to make next offseason, whether to sign him long-term or again go through the arbitration process.  If you go through the arbitration process, chances are he's going to cost you more than $6 million.

I'm not sold on Motte being a long-term closer, but I do think that like most closers, he's got about a three year window where he'll be pretty effective.  The Cards just purchased what would be the end of that window, meaning that after this contract they can likely let him go as a free agent and fill that role internally (if they haven't already by that time).  With so many young arms in the system, you know that one of them could likely take the ninth if necessary.

On the whole, I think it was an acceptable deal for the Cards, paying a bit more this year to get what should be a discount for next season.  When you factor in the increase in national TV money that will be coming their way, this probably wasn't a terribly painful thing for the Cards to sign.

Motte's deal means that there are only two other arbitration-eligibles out there, Marc Rzepczynski and David Freese.  The club and Scrabble were only like $400,000 apart, so there's a strong chance the two split the difference.  Freese, however, may be another story even as he hopes to avoid a hearing.

I really wonder what Freese's standing is in the organization   Obviously he's a solid player that, when healthy, can do a lot for a club.  That said, he is almost 30, he has had an injury history, and you wonder how things like this winter's car accident play into the calculations.  He has a lot of local cache, of course, and the uproar among casual fans, at least, would be immense if he left the Cards, but with Matt Carpenter available, Mo might be waiting for the right deal to come along.

Still, Freese is going to be a Cardinal come Opening Day, there seems little chance of that not happening.  Freese asked for $3.75 million and the club countered with $2.4, so there's not much chance of a midpoint deal, I wouldn't think, at least not without a lot of work.  I don't remember the last time the Cards were so far apart on their numbers with the player, really.  Which again may give you insight on how they value Freese.  This will be interesting to watch over the next month or so.

OK, let's wrap this up with more Stan links.  If you missed Joe Posnanski's piece over at Sports On Earth about Stan, go read it now.  My friend Arne Christensen sent me a link to a picture he'd found a few years back from Stan's retirement.  They are talking about naming a bridge after him.  Finally, if you want to read a lot of personal remembrances about The Man, you can find a lot of links to blog posts over at the United Cardinal Bloggers site.

Keep an eye out later this week, because I'm hopeful that we'll have the 2013 UCB annual up for purchase at Amazon as a Kindle book.  It's got a lot of great writing in it and I think will be a bargain if you want to read about last season and the upcoming one.  More later on that!

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