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Cards agree to contracts with 24 youngsters

Freese signed a contract as well as autographs

All St. Louis Cardinals players with less than three years of service time are now under contract for 2012. The group of two dozen includes nine players who appeared in the 2011 post-season.

On Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals made their annual "came to agreement" announcement on contracts for the upcoming season with all of their under three-year players currently on the 40-man roster. The 24 players involved include starting centerfielder Jon Jay, injured outfielder Allen Craig and NLCS and World Series Most Valuable Player David Freese. The announcement is but a formality since...

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