FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2014, file photo, Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Jordan Walden throws during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington. The Atlanta Braves have dealt outfielder Jason Heywa
Alex Brandon, File
December 23, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) Reliever Jordan Walden and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $6.6 million, two-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.

The 27-year-old right-hander gets a $350,000 signing bonus and salaries of $2.5 million next year and $3.5 million in 2016 as part of Tuesday's deal. The Cardinals have a $5.25 million option for 2017 with a $250,000 buyout.

Walden was obtained by the Cardinals from Atlanta with outfielder Jason Heyward on Nov. 17 for pitchers Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins. Walden made $1.49 million last season, when he was 0-2 with a 2.88 ERA and three saves as a setup man for closer Craig Kimbrel.

Walden has appeared in 50 or more games in three of the past four seasons and has a 12-13 career record with a 3.10 ERA, 38 saves and 254 strikeouts in 211 2-3 innings. He was an AL All-Star in 2011, when he had 32 saves for the Los Angeles Angels.

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