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Cardinals Free Up Another Spot On 40 Man Roster - RHP Seth Maness To Free Agency

The Cardinals traded LHP Jaime Garcia, this past week, to the Atlanta Braves and received three prospects in return. One is pitcher John Gant, who will take Garcia's place on the roster as part of the Cardinals bullpen. Yesterday was the deadline for "non-tendered" player contracts. Arbitration eligibles. "To tender a player a contract is to offer a contract, but non-tenders refer to a specific kind of offer: offers of arbitration. Rules and precedent shape the kind of salary a player can expect through arbitration, and players under team control usually get raises through the process." (MLB Trade Rumors

Cardinals reliever "double-play" specialist, Seth Maness, released to free agency yesterday.
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Cardinals free up yet another spot on their 40 man roster before going into the MLB 2016 Winter Meetings, which begins tomorrow, December 4. 

Seth Maness was Cardinals double-play/ground ball specialist. In his four seasons with the Cardinals, he pitched 237.1 innings, with 152 strikeouts and only issued 45 walks. This would have been his first year of arbitration eligibility. His 2016 season was cut short due to an elbow injury, which required surgery taking him out for the season. He was not tendered a contract and released into free agency. 

He was drafted by St. Louis in 2011. Maness, 28, made his major league debut on May 3, 2013 at the age of 24. He was key to the Cardinals during their 2013 season winning the National League pennant; and, his appearance during the  World Series. "Maness owns a career mark of 17-10 with a 3.19 ERA in 244 career games pitched – all as a reliever. Maness appeared in 17 postseason games for the Redbirds, going 1-0 with a 1.46 ERA." (CBSSt.Louis)  

After having to undergo ULC surgery last season, (Evan Webeck, MLB.com) he had doubts that he would be back with the Cardinals. Hopeful that it would not be the case. I feel Maness prepared himself mentally should his doubts become reality. Even though not Tommy John surgery, still a season ending surgery induced 2016 season. In my opinion, Maness will be an asset to the team who picks him off the free agent list. In addition, a great deal for an very solid reliever who would not have been [officially] a free agent until 2020 had the Cardinals tendered his contract. He was paid $1.4 MM in 2016.   

I only wish Seth the best. His extraordinary performances will be missed. 

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