Cards sign Rzepczynski to 1-year deal, avoid arbitration
By Dilip Vishwanat
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 13: Reliever Marc Rzepczynski #34 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Chicago White Sox at Busch Stadium on June 13, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
(BaseballSTL) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed on a one-year contract with left-handed relief pitcher Marc Rzepczynski, the team announced Friday.
The deal means Rzepczynski and the Cardinals will avoid arbitration.
Rzepczynski, 27, had 19 holds in 70 appearances for the Cardinals last season.
He ended the season with eight scoreless appearances and allowed runs in only three of his last 33 games after July 1.
The lefty joined the Cardinals in a trade from Toronto at the July trade deadline in 2011.
With the signing, third baseman David Freese remains the last arbitration-eligible player the Cardinals have left unsigned.