Lynn gets $22M deal from Cards as 17 in arbitration settle
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 swap proposed arbitration figures with their teams Friday. A majority of those were expected to settle before the exchange.
High-profile players still set to swap included pitchers David Price, Stephen Strasburg, Jeff Samardzija, Rick Porcello, Ian Kennedy, Doug Fister and Kenley Jansen.
Chris Davis, Matt Wieters, Austin Jackson and Mark Trumbo were among the position players.
Pittsburgh had the most players in arbitration with 12, while Baltimore had 10, and Kansas City and Oakland nine each.
Lynn, a 27-year-old right-hander, 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 right-handed 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), right-hander Craig Stammen ($2.25 million) and second baseman Danny Espinosa ($1.8 million).
Cleveland settled with right-hander Carlos Carrasco ($2,337,500), left-hander Marc Rzepczynski ($2.4 million) and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall ($2.25 million).
Also agreeing were Texas reliever Neftali Feliz ($4,125,000), Atlanta left-hander 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 left-hander Felix Doubront ($1,925,000) and Houston catcher Carlos Corporan ($975,000).
Hearings will be scheduled for the first three weeks in February before three-person panels in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Just three of the 146 players who filed last year went to hearings, with Cleveland defeating pitchers Vinnie Pestano and Josh Tomlin in the Indians' first cases since 1991 that went to hearings. Pitcher Andrew Cashner beat San Diego.
Teams have a 293-215 advantage since the process started in 1974 and have had a winning record in 15 of the past 17 years with decisions.