Cardinals offer arbitration to 3 free agents -

Cardinals offer arbitration to 3 free agents

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have offered salary arbitration to Matt Holliday, Joel Pineiro and Mark DeRosa, ensuring draft pick compensation if the players sign with another team.

The NL Central champions didn't offer arbitration Tuesday night to Troy Glaus, who was sidelined most of the season with a shoulder injury.

The three free agents offered arbitration have until Dec. 7 to accept or reject it. A player who rejects arbitration is free to negotiate with any team but St. Louis would receive compensation.

The Cardinals gave up a package of prospects to get Holliday from the Athletics in July. He had 55 RBIs in 63 games while batting .353.

Pineiro was 15-12 with a 3.49 ERA.

DeRosa was acquired from Cleveland in June and batted .228 with 10 homers and 28 RBIs in 68 games. But he was hindered by a wrist injury.

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