Cardinals, Theriot reach deal

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —  The Cardinals agreed on Tuesday to a one-year contract with shortstop Ryan Theriot, avoiding arbitration.
The club announced the move on its official twitter feed.
The Cardinals do not reveal financial terms for player contracts, but reported that the deal is worth $3.3 million. Theriot made $2.6 million in 2010 as a first-year arbitration-eligible player. 
Despite a down year at the plate for the former Cub and Dodger, he was nonetheless due for a raise in his second year of arbitration eligibility, since arbitration-determined salaries. General manager John Mozeliak said on Monday that the club felt little urgency to ink Theriot to a multi-year deal, but on Tuesday the Cards did at least gain cost certainty on Theriot for 2011.
Reliever Kyle McClellan and infielder Brendan Ryan are the Cardinals’ only remaining arbitration-eligible players. The club is exploring trade options with Ryan, who has been replaced by Theriot as the starting shortstop.
–Matthew Leach

1 Comment

Please send McCllelan off with Ryan. The guy stinks to high heaven in close games. His stats are padded in the blowout games where there was no pressure. That’s the only time he performed well, when they wer up by several runs or down by several runs. And i still haven’t forgiven him for blowing Wainwright’s 20th win year before last that cost him the Cy Young. The guy’s got NO heart. He chokes when it matters.

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