St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals avoid arbitration with four players

Again this year, the St. Louis Cardinals have avoided arbitration with all of their eligible players.

The team announced Friday that it had reached agreements on one-year contracts with first baseman-outfielder Brandon Moss, closer Trevor Rosenthal, reliever Seth Maness and first baseman Matt Adams.

Moss, whom the Cardinals acquired July 30 from the Cleveland Indians for minor-league pitcher Rob Kaminsky, will earn $8.25 million this season. He batted .250 with four home runs and eight RBIs in 51 games with the Cardinals.

Overall, the 32-year-old Moss batted .226 with 19 homers and 58 RBIs in 145 games. He is expected to get the bulk of the at-bats at first base.

Rosenthal set a franchise record for saves with 48 and became the first pitcher in franchise history to record back-to-back seasons with at least 45 saves.

The durable Maness was 4-2 with a 4.26 ERA in 78 games and induced 11 double-play grounders. He has pitched in at least 66 games in all three seasons with the Cardinals.

Adams was injured much of last season and batted .240 with five homers and 24 RBIs in 60 games.

Terms for Rosenthal, Maness and Adams were not announced. Rosenthal likely received a significant raise after his All-Star season. He earned $535,000 last year.

David Wilhelm: 618-239-2665, @DavidMWilhelm