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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - David Freese
St. Louis pitcher Lance Lynn says he hasn't experienced any ill effects following his first 200-inning major league season. Judging by his first outing of the spring, it's easy to believe him.
Outfielder Kole Calhoun never gave up hope that he would reach the big leagues with the Los Angeles Angels - even after they signed Josh Hamilton last year.
Matt Carpenter believes the move back to his natural third base position could help him post better offensive numbers than last year's breakout season.
The 2013 and 2014 salaries of the 146 players in salary arbitration, as obtained by The Associated Press from player and management sources. The 2014 salaries include earned bonuses. For players with multiyear contracts (x-ending multiyear contract; y-beginning multiyear contract), the salaries listed are the average annual values of the contracts. (w-arbitration winner; l-arbitration loser).
Matt Carpenter believes the move back to his natural third base position could help him post better offensive numbers that last year's breakout season.
Free agent second baseman Mark Ellis signed with St. Louis during the offseason reasoning that the Cardinals offered the best shot at a World Series title.
Peter Bourjos figured a friendly game or two of pingpong would be a good way to introduce himself to the guys on his new team, the St. Louis Cardinals.
A team-by-team look at the National League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
Third baseman David Freese and reliever Kevin Jepsen have reached arbitration deals with the Los Angeles Angels.
Once again the Cardinals will try to move on after losing star players, will it finally catch up to them?
Again the Angels enter a season with one of the most talented rosters in baseball, will they finally put it all together?
The Los Angeles Angels settled half their arbitration cases Friday, agreeing to one-year contract with right-handers Ernesto Frieri and Fernando Salas while exchanging proposed figures with third baseman David Freese and right-hander Kevin Jepsen.
Before any trades and signings, the focus of the winter meetings will be on fame.
The baseball winter meetings are starting with a look back.
Former World Series MVP David Freese was traded from his hometown St. Louis Cardinals to the Los Angeles Angels in a four-player deal Friday that reunites Albert Pujols with a pair of ex-teammates.
"He's extremely close to his family and I think we're his second family."
"La Russa is a Hall of Fame manager, and I think a lot of us wanted Mike," third baseman David Freese said. "There were a ton of us who were friends with Mike and we knew what type of guy he was."