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Cardinals win arbitration case with Wacha

The Cardinals may not have been in an arbitration hearing since 1999, but Cardinals’ GM John Mozeliak is now 1-0 in arbitration cases. During today’s arbitration hearing, the arbiter decided to award pitcher Michael Wacha the $2.775 million salary figure submitted by the Cardinals.

Back in January the organization agreed to terms with three of their arbitration eligible players right before salary figures were exchanged. And then we heard all about “trial-and-file” during Winter Warmup as the club spoke of their intentions to take all players to an arbitration hearing if they were unable to reach an agreement before the exchange.

The club signed Carlos Martinez to a record setting five year deal almost two weeks ago, but there was no deal for Wacha who struggled last season and saw a return of the stress reaction in his shoulder.

For his part, Wacha has come to camp in better shape, having worked to strengthen his body and the shoulder to hopefully reduce the load on his shoulder to reduce the odds of having yet another recurrence.

It was an interesting measure of potential gamesmanship that the news of Alex Reyes‘ MRI exam came after Wacha’s hearing. Perhaps to ensure that Wacha could not use that to his advantage?

Jon Doble has been writing about the St. Louis Cardinals since 2010. You can follow him on Twitter at @JonDobleRBD, find him as R27 at RedbirdTalk.com and you can hear him co-host The UCB Podcast every fourth Wednesday night of the month. Redbird Dugout is a member of the United Cardinal Bloggers.

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