Cardinals, Descalso agree to terms, avoid arbitration hearing

News-DemocratJanuary 29, 2014 

— Utility infielder Daniel Descalso and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to terms on a one-year contract Wednesday, avoiding an arbitration hearing.

Descalso, 27, will receive $1.29 million in 2014. He had requested $1.65 million, while the Cardinals had offered $930,000.

Descalso, a left-handed hitter, batted .238 with five home runs and 43 RBIs in 123 games last season. He was the last of three Cardinals arbitration-eligible players to sign; outfielders Peter Bourjos and Jon Jay came to terms earlier in January.

"We are pleased to have reached an agreeable resolution with Daniel and we are looking forward to the start of spring training," Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said in a statement released by the team.

Descalso set single-season highs in home runs, RBIs, doubles (25) and runs (43) last season. He is a .243 career hitter with 10 home runs and 101 RBI in 425 games since joining the Cardinals in 2010.

Descalso has played 177 games at third base, 153 at second base and 94 games at shortstop in the last four seasons. He also has made five appearances at first base.

Descalso can earn an additional $10,000 this season if he amasses 250 plate appearances.

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