CARDS EXTRAS

Allen Craig awaits deal

2013-03-05T00:50:00Z 2013-03-05T10:16:00Z Allen Craig awaits dealBy Derrick Goold dgoold@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8285 stltoday.com

JUPITER, Fla.  The Cardinals have finalized or are close to finalizing contracts with all of the players on the 40-man roster with less than three years of experience. One not yet done is cleanup hitter Allen Craig’s contract for 2013.

The club has the right to assign a salary to a player who has not yet reached arbitration eligibility, and the window for “renewals,” the name given to salaries unilaterally set by the team, is open.

The Angels renewed Mike Trout at $510,000 for the coming season, a forced deal that his agent Craig Landis called “well short of a ‘fair’ contract” to The Los Angeles Times.

The Cardinals use a formula based on the minimum salary of $490,000 to determine their offer to a player, and there are talks ongoing before the Cardinals use the renewal option. The team did not expect to use renewal for any contracts.

“I separate myself from that type of stuff and let my agent do it,” Craig said.

“I don’t expect to have any problems.”

Derrick Goold covers the Cardinals and Major League Baseball for The Post-Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @dgoold or on Facebook at Facebook.com/BirdLandPD

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