On Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals have to declare whether or not they are offering arbitration to eight players that have accrued from just under three to six years of major league service. The alternative is being non-tendered, which is a kind way of saying, “you’re fired”.
The eight include pitchers Randy Flores, Brad Thompson, Tyler Johnson and Todd Wellemeyer, infielder Aaron Miles and outfielders Chris Duncan, Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick.
Of this group, I project only Flores is at serious risk of receiving his walking papers. Given the left-handers that have been added in recent weeks says nothing good about Flores’ job security. They are minor leaguer Ian Ostlund and 40-man additions Charlie Manning (off waivers from Washington) and free agent Trever Miller (from Tampa Bay).
The Cardinals are still looking for a lefty and a closer. If he is affordable enough, free agent Brian Fuentes could be the man for both job. Add Johnson to the mix and you have potentially six lefties fighting for two or three jobs at most.
That could mean trouble for Flores’ continued employment with the Cardinals.
For more details on the process and my logic on all eight players, check out my free article on Scout.com.