Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a new column up this morning regarding the Cardinals’ arbitration-eligible players. This year they have Rick Ankiel, Yadier Molina, and Todd Wellemeyer.
Goold spoke to Scott Boras regarding Ankiel’s situation, which is definitely a unique one. Salaries for arb-eligible players are often determined by looking at comparables, but Ankiel doesn’t really have any (Babe Ruth doesn’t quite fit). Ankiel has four years of service time; he’ll be a free agent after the 2009 season.
Molina has three years of service time, so he’s under team control through 2010. Goold says a multiyear deal for Molina is likely to be discussed.