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February 11, 2009

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.

  1. Swirls AEPi permalink
    February 11, 2009 12:28 PM


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

  2. February 11, 2009 5:02 PM

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

  3. February 11, 2009 5:22 PM

    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. February 12, 2009 10:46 PM

    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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