NEW YORK (AP/KMOX) — St. Louis pitcher Lance Lynn was among 19 players who avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to contracts Thursday, reaching a $22 million, three-year deal with the Cardinals.
Seventeen of the nineteen players struck one-year agreements.
Among the 175 players who filed for arbitration Tuesday, 151 were on track to swap proposed arbitration figures with their teams Friday. A majority of those were expected to settle before the exchange.
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 for a year and St. Louis backup catcher Tony Cruz at $775,000.
Outfielder Jon Jay still is unsigned.
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.
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.
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