Cards Reach Agreement with Three Players; Avoid Salary Arbitration

Maness, Moss and Rosenthal agree to one-year pacts for 2016.

ST. LOUIS, Mo., January 15, 2016 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have agreed to one-year deals with pitcher Seth Maness, infielder/outfielder Brandon Moss and closer Trevor Rosenthal, avoiding salary arbitration.  First baseman Matt Adams remains the team’s lone unsigned arbitration eligible player.

Maness, 26, pitched in a career high 76 games last year, T5th most in the National League.  His 11 double plays induced last season were T4th among N.L. relievers with 39 double plays over the past three seasons, the most in MLB.  Maness tied for the N.L. lead with 59 inherited runners in 2015.

Moss, 32, was acquired from Cleveland at the trade deadline (July 30) last season.  He hit 19 homers and collected 58 RBI between the two clubs.

Rosenthal set the Cardinals franchise single-season record with 48 saves in 2015, and leads all MLB pitchers with 93 saves over the past two seasons.  The 25-year-old became the first pitcher in franchise history to post consecutive 45-save seasons and just the 7th in MLB history.

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