Cardinals outfielders Jon Jay and Peter Bourjos and infielder Daniel Descalso were among the 146 major-league players who filed for salary arbitration Tuesday.
Cy Young Award winners Max Scherzer of Detroit and Clayton Kershaw of Los Angeles, 2012 Cy Young winner David Price of Tampa Bay and Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis, who led the majors in home runs last season, headlined the filings.
Players with three years’ big-league service and less than six are eligible to file although a small percentage of players with more than two full seasons in the majors also is eligible.
On Friday, the players and front offices will file their respective asking figures for 2014 salaries for the players. Cases not resolved will be heard by three arbitrators in early February in St. Petersburg, Fla., but not one went that far last winter for the first time since 1974.
Most cases are settled somewhere near the midpoint before they reach arbitration, where either the player's figure or the owner's is decided by the arbitrators.
Pre-arbitration, Jay made $524,000 last year while Descalso made $510,000 and Bourjos, acquired from the Los Angeles Angels, was paid $500,000. Jay, who hit .276 with 62 runs batted in for the National League champions, would be due the biggest raise of the three
Jay missed by just a few days of qualifying for arbitration last year.