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Cardinals near bottom of free agent spending list

The St. Louis Cardinals spent the third-least amount of free agent cash among Major League Baseball teams last off-season, according to a report.

The website mlbtraderumors.com says the Redbirds spent a total of $5.5 million on two free agent pickups. That's more than only the Cleveland Indians who spent $4 million, the Cincinnati Reds who spent $2.75 million and the Anaheim Angels who spent $500,000.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Washington Nationals Spent $215 million on two players to lead the parade of free spenders. The Boston Red Sox spent $196 million and the Chicago Cubs spent $191.1 million.

The median major league club spent about $65 million over the 2014-15 off-season adding free agent talent.

The other two National League Central teams were in the bottom half of the pack. The Pittsburgh Pirates spent $51 million and the Milwaukee Brewers spent $16 million.

Of course, the difference between the top and the bottom of the list was the two top free agent starting pitchers inked to new deals, Max Scherzer and Jon Lester.

Both pitchers were linked to the Cardinals in rumors throughout the winter. But they ended up signing with the Nats and the BoSox, putting those teams at the top of the spending list and keeping the Birds at the bottom.

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