Players and teams exchanged arbitration figures on Tuesday, the latest step in the process by which salaries are determined for arbitration-eligible players. The figures provide a realm within which to negotiate. And, of course, if the cases go to arbitration, one of the two figures will be the player's salary for 2009.
Ludwick asked for $4.25 million, and the Cardinals offered $2.8 million. Ankiel came in at $3.3 million against the Cardinals' $2.35 million.
The gap between Ludwick and the Cardinals is one of the largest of the 46 players for whom numbers were submitted. The difference of $1.45 million was the sixth-greatest, as Ludwick asked for 51.8 percent more than the Cardinals offered -- also sixth-largest. Ankiel's differentials of $950,000 and 40.4 percent both landed roughly in the middle of the pack.
Arbitration salaries are determined by a combination of performance and service time. Ankiel has five years and 34 days of service time; Ludwick is at three years, 109 days.
Earlier in the day, the Cardinals announced that they had agreed to terms with right-hander Brad Thompson on a one-year deal to avoid arbitration. Thompson will make $650,000, according to the Associated Press.
Righty Todd Wellemeyer and Chris Duncan agreed to terms on Monday. Wellemeyer will make $4.05 million, and Duncan will receive $825,000, also according to AP reports.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.