January 18, 2009

Mozeliak must beat five to arbitration

John Mozeliak, St. Louis Cardinals GM, wants to ink five Cards before they reach arbitration, according to Matthew Leach in an MLB.com article posted on the teams Official Web Site.

The five: Todd Wellemeyer; Rick Ankiel; Chris Duncan; Ryan Ludwick; Brad Thompson.

It has been almost ten years since the Cardinals have gone to arbitration with a player.

Wellemeyer, Cardinals close to deal MLB.com: News: "Chris Duncan and Brad Thompson represent the most likely candidates for a quick resolution. Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick may provide more difficult negotiations, but Mozeliak is hopeful that none of the five players will actually go to arbitration. Ankiel is especially challenging given his short tenure as an outfielder."