St. Louis Cardinals: Evaluating the arbitration eligible players

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Oct 10, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Seth Maness (61) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning in game two of the NLDS against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Seth Maness

The double play specialist had some hard luck this year, as he finished the season with an ERA of 4.26, in comparison to last year’s 2.91 and 2.32 the year before. The good thing for Seth is that he is young (27) and should have no worries about wearing down just yet, although the increased WHIP is a bit of a concern as well as his decreasing ground ball percentage. These numbers and the increased SIERA, FIP, and xFIP will be the reason the team will only buy out the one year of arbitration and give the young right hander a bump in pay from his current $530,000 contract.

You just don’t see middle relievers get massive contracts and there’s no reason to expect the Cardinals to rush to buy out Seth’s remaining arbitration years, or offer him a large multi-year deal to stay in St. Louis. Maness won’t be a free agent until 2020, so any bargaining power him and his agent have really is slim.

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