Cardinals, Descalso come to terms, avoid arbitration

The Cardinals will continue to rely on Daniel Descalso's versatility in the infield in 2014.

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ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals’ most versatile infielder is under contract for the 2014 season.

Daniel Descalso, who is one of only two major leaguers to have made more than 90 appearances at third base, second base and shortstop over the past three seasons, and the Cardinals agreed to terms on a one-year contract, the club announced Wednesday.

Descalso was the last of three Cardinals who were eligible for salary arbitration to sign. Like outfielders Peter Bourjos and Jon Jay, who signed earlier this month, Descalso and the team avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms beforehand.

Descalso, 27, set career highs last season with five home runs, 42 RBIs, 25 doubles and 43 runs scored. He has a career batting average of .243. Over the 2011-13 seasons he has played 177 games at third base, 153 games at second base and 94 games at shortstop. Only Jamey Carroll has appeared in 90-plus games at each of those positions during that span.