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Cardinals Sign Clayton for $3.5M

January 19, 1998

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Shortstop Royce Clayton and the St. Louis Cardinals avoided salary arbitration by agreeing Monday to a $3.5 million, one-year contract, a raise of $850,000.

Clayton, 28, hit .266 with nine homers and 61 RBIs last year, his second full season with the Cardinals. He has a career batting average of .257 with 33 homers and 280 RBIs.

The agreement leaves only outfielder-first baseman John Mabry in arbitration. He asked for a raise from $390,000 to $1.95 million and was offered $1.2 million.

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