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Lynn gets $22M deal from Cards as 21 in arbitration settle

January 16, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — St. Louis pitcher Lance Lynn was among 21 players who avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to contracts Thursday, reaching a $22 million, three-year deal with the Cardinals.

Milwaukee catcher Martin Maldonado agreed to a $1.95 million, two-year contract, and 19 players struck one-year agreements.

Among the 175 players who filed for arbitration Tuesday, 149 were on track to exchange proposed arbitration figures with their teams Friday. A majority of those were expected to settle beforehand.

High-profile players not yet settled include pitchers David Price, Stephen Strasburg, Jeff Samardzija, Rick Porcello, Ian Kennedy, Doug Fister and Kenley Jansen, plus position players Chris Davis, Matt Wieters, Austin Jackson and Mark Trumbo.

Pittsburgh had the most players in arbitration with 12, while Baltimore had 10, and Kansas City and Oakland nine each.

Lynn gets $7 million this year and $7.5 million in each of the following two seasons. He earned $535,000 last year, when he was 15-10 with a 2.74 ERA in 33 starts.

Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos, coming off hip surgery in November, agreed at $1.65 million and St. Louis backup catcher Tony Cruz at $775,000.

Maldonado, who hit .234 with four homers and 16 RBIs, gets a $50,000 signing bonus and salaries of $800,000 this year and $1.1 million in 2016.

The Chicago White Sox agreed with pitchers Hector Noesi ($1.95 million), Javy Guerra ($937,500) and Nate Jones ($660,000), and Washington reached deals with catchers Wilson Ramos ($3.55 million) and Jose Lobaton ($1.2 million), pitcher Craig Stammen ($2.25 million) and second baseman Danny Espinosa ($1.8 million).

Cleveland settled with pitchers Carlos Carrasco ($2,337,500) and Marc Rzepczynski ($2.4 million) and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall ($2.25 million).

Also agreeing were Texas reliever Neftali Feliz ($4,125,000), Atlanta pitcher James Russell ($2,425,000), Los Angeles Angels catcher Hector Santiago ($2.29 million), Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Chris Heisey ($2.16 million), Toronto pitcher Brett Cecil ($2,475,000), Chicago Cubs pitcher Felix Doubront ($1,925,000) and Houston catcher Carlos Corporan ($975,000).

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