Marcell Ozuna’s one-year deal calling for him to receive $12.25 million subsequent season, which shunned arbitration Friday, is believed to be the absolute best one-year contract for a Cardinals instruct player, just before Lance Berkman’s $12 million for one year in 2012.
Reliever Greg Holland signed for $14 million for one year this previous March, however the arbitration route of wasn’t involving. Ozuna made $9 million for the Cardinals in 2018 after being obtained from the Miami Marlins.
Ozuna and the Cardinals’ diversified two arbitration-eligible gamers, righthander Michael Wacha and reliever Dominic Leone, all reached settlement Friday on contracts for subsequent year.
Wacha became as soon as gotten smaller at $6.3 million. The settlement requires Wacha to receive $100,000 more if he pitches no no longer up to 175 innings.
He made $5.3 million in 2018 when, seemingly headed to the All-Star Sport, he became as soon as 8-2 by June 20 sooner than struggling a left indirect pressure that ended his large-league season. He tried to come befriend by means of a minor league rehabilitation chance however encountered more discomfort and had to be sidelined for the rest of the season.
Leone, who uncared for more than half of the 2018 season with an higher arm irritation, will make $1.26 million this year. He became as soon as at $1.1 million in 2018.
Beset by good shoulder problems great of the 2018 season, Ozuna, 28, hit .280 with 23 homers (13 at Busch Stadium) and 88 runs batted in, and he led all major league left fielders in innings played. Ozuna additionally tied for the Nationwide League lead in lope-forward RBIs at 31 with the Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo.
After a stint on the 10-day disabled checklist in tiresome August, Ozuna returned to hit seven homers and force in 19 runs in September. Ozuna figures to hit fourth in manager Mike Shildt’s lineup. Wacha is slotted as one of Shildt’s 5 starters and Leone, impressive at cases early within the season, is one of a variety of righthanded relief candidates.
Authorized manager Michael Girsch said, “The arbitration route of is designed to make a settlement. Our plot is by no reach to transfer to arbitration and we’e cushty now to now not contain it yet again.”
The Cardinals contain long previous to arbitration only as soon as since 1999, with Wacha going and dropping in 2017. Both Ozuna and Wacha are eligible with out spending a dime agency after the 2019 season, and Girsch said that the Cardinals didn’t contain anything scheduled within the reach of prolonged-term talks with both thus some distance.
Nor, he said, develop they with capacity free agent Paul Goldschmidt, the first baseman obtained from Arizona within the offseason.
“We’ll glimpse how this year goes,” said Girsch. Referring, particularly to Ozuna and Goldschmidt, Girsch said, “We’ve obtained to fetch one guy (Ozuna) befriend feeling good and the diversified to expertise how St. Louis is.”
Having all their arbitration eligible gamers signed, Girsch said the Cardinals weren’t essentially by means of for the offseason.
“We continue to evaluation the free agent and commerce markets,” he said. “Whether or no longer or no longer we make a transfer is constantly onerous to narrate, however we’re easy looking for to toughen the team.”