A closer look at contracts

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The countdown to the Cardinals’ report date for pitchers/catchers is down to two, and most have already reported to Jupiter, Fla., to get a jumpstart on the workouts. The club appears finished with its winter to-do list — though GM John Mozeliak may still scour the market for another starter, now that Chris Carpenter has been sidelined.

Most of the work the Cardinals did over the first five weeks of 2013 was focused on reaching agreements with their five arbitration-eligible players. The last of those was finalized on Friday with David Freese agreeing to a one-year deal. The club has also made one free-agent sign (Ronny Cedeno) since the calendar turned to a new year.

Below is a list of player salary figures — most of which have already been made public — to provide you with more specifics regarding many of these recent Cardinal contracts. You’ll see notations for base salaries, as well as performance and award incentives.

RHP MITCHELL BOGGS:

  • 2013 base salary: $1.475 million
  • Performance Incentives: $25,000 for 50 games

SS RONNY CEDENO:

  • 2013 base salary: $1.15 million
  • Performance Incentives: $170,000 for 200 plate appearances; $170,000 for 250 plate appearances; $170,000 for 300 plate appearances; $170,000 for 350 plate appearances; $170,000 for 400 plate appearances
  • Award Incentives: $50,000 for All-Star selection, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger; $75,000 for LCS MVP; $100,000 for WS MVP

RHP JASON MOTTE:

  • 2013 base salary: $4 million
  • 2014 base salary: $7 million
  • Signing bonus: $1 million
  • Performance Incentives for 2014: $250,000 for 50 games finished; $250,000 for 60 games finished
  • Awards Incentives: $50,000 for All-Star selection, Gold Glove; $200,000 for Cy Young ($100,000 for 2nd; $50,000 for 3rd-5th); $50,000 for DS/LCS/WS MVP

RHP EDWARD MUJICA:

  • 2013 base salary: $3.2 million

LHP MARC RZEPCZYNSKI:

  • 2013 base salary: $1.1 million
  • Performance Incentives: $25,000 for 70 games; $25,000 for 75 games

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1 Comment

What’s up with the relatively low salary and short contract for Freese? I thought he’d do much better, more money and much longer contract, like Yadi.

Ed McKee Lorton, VA

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