Cards Avoid Arbitration

The St. Louis Cardinals will not need any arbitration hearings in 2019 as the team announced they have reached one-year contract agreements with their remaining three eligible players–Dominic Leone, Marcell Ozuna, and Michael Wacha.

Players and teams had until a 12pm CST deadline today to exchange figures.

Wacha went 8-2 this past season in 15 starts before a left oblique injury ended his season in late June. Leone was also hampered by injury, as right nerve injury limited him to pitching in only 29 games.

While his power numbers were down from the year before with Miami, Ozuna still hit 23 home runs, led the Cardinals with 88 runs batted in and was the co-leader with 163 hits. He too dealt with injury issues–wearing a compression sleeve throughout the season and going on the disabled list for right shoulder inflammation in August.

Financial terms were not announced but according to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Ozuna will get a raise from last year’s $9 million salary to $12.25 for 2019 and Leone will bump up from $1.085 to $1.26 million this season.

Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that Michael Wacha’s deal is for $6,350,000 with an incentive of $100K if he reaches 175 innings pitched.

Earlier this off-season, pitcher Chasen Shreve avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth a reported $900,000.

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