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Cards James Avoids Arbitration

February 13, 2001

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Just before the scheduled start of his arbitration hearing, Cardinals pitcher Mike James agreed Monday to a one-year contract worth $1,525,000.

James, who made $800,000 last year, can earn an additional $125,000 in performance bonuses: $25,000 for 52 games and $50,000 each for 60 and 65 games. St. Louis guaranteed $700,000 of his base salary.

The 33-year-old right-hander was 2-2 with a 3.16 ERA and two saves in 51 games with the Cardinals last season. He opened the year at Triple-A Memphis of the Pacific Coast League.

James earned his first NL save on April 30 at Philadelphia. He made six appearances in the postseason, getting the win against Atlanta in Game 1 of the division series with 2 1-3 innings in relief of starter Rick Ankiel, who threw five wild pitches in a single inning.

James had asked for $1,875,000 in arbitration and had been offered $1.35 million.

St. Louis acquired James as a minor league free agent on Oct. 15, 1999. He has a 15-12 career record with a 3.37 ERA.

Pitcher Matt Morris is the only St. Louis player remaining in arbitration. The Cardinals previously settled with pitchers Alan Benes ($925,000) and Jason Christiansen ($1.6 million).

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