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Arbitration Showdowns Few and Far Between

Darren Oliver lost to the Cards in 1999

Is this week's rash of player signings across Major League Baseball to "avoid arbitration" a good thing or bad? Over time, how do the Cardinals stack up in the arbitration game against the players and the other 29 clubs?

Any story this time of year about arbitration should be written in pencil because of the volatility of the situation. Just check the daily Major League Baseball transaction logs this week, and you will see literally dozens of three-to-six year players coming to terms with their clubs to "avoid arbitration". In fact, I counted over 40 such transactions in the last couple of days alone. But, this...

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