Freese and arbitration 

February, 5, 2013

The Cardinals have not had an arbitration hearing with a player since they defeated reliever Darren Oliver in 1999, as Rick Hummel of the Post-Dispatch points out. That should be an indication they will reach a deal with David Freese at some point, but the present gap with the third baseman seems large.

Freese, who is seeking $3.75 million as opposed to the club’s offer of $2.4 million, is the only arbitration-eligible unsigned player for the Cardinals after lefthanded reliever Marc Rzepczynski agreed to a deal Friday.