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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker, eligible for salary arbitration for the first time in his career, thinks he and the team are close to a contract agreement.
Schumaker said at the team's Winter Warm-Up on Sunday that he expects a deal to get done. Players and teams will exchange proposed salaries on Tuesday.
Schumaker and outfielder Ryan Ludwick filed for arbitration on Friday. Ludwick also filed for arbitration last year before agreeing on a one-year contract.
The 29-year-old Schumaker was one of St. Louis' biggest surprises last season, both offensively and defensively, after switching from the outfield to second base. He batted .303 with a .364 on-base percentage.
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