The Cardinals have stuck with Rick Ankiel through thick and through thin, but now they’re taking him to arbitration?

According to Fangraphs, Ankiel’s win values the past two seasons have been $4.3 and $8.7M.  His CHONE projection calls for 1.4 WAR, worth $6.2M on the free agent market, something Ankiel is only a year away from.

The names in his similarity scores are a lot of boom then bust types, do the Cardinals believe that is what will become of Ankiel? Maybe I’m being a homer, but I don’t really think Ankiel is going to flame out as fast as say, Jason Lane. Hey, it’s not like they are using the extra payroll on a free agent. He’s going to be a bargain no matter how it shakes out, but they should’ve just paid the man and spared the hurt feelings.

Erik Manning

Erik became addicted to Cardinals baseball as a young lad growing up on the mean streets of O'Fallon, MO. He moved away to Tulsa to attend Bible College, where he met his wife, who talked him into moving to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, also known as the Bermuda triangle of baseball. His dream is to see the blackouts end, and his other interests are theology and philosophy of religion. He is the parent of two young boys.

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4 Responses to “I've been defending the front office”

  1. Erik,

    Off topic, but I thought you moved over to MVN for your blog?

  2. Too many ads, and some of the ads were for things I personally found to be offensive, so I moved back.

  3. In an organization that is pinching pennies (when they aren’t paying people to go away) I’m sure they are hoping not to pay the full amount. Splitting the difference probably would work for them, unless this is also their way of preparing Rick and the fanbase for a trade or, at the very least, his departure as a FA.

  4. Good for you erik — stick to your guns!!!

    As for Ank, what do you think of his deal and potential trade value now?

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