Cardinals and their three arbitrary players – left-wing Marcell Ozuna, starting winner Michael Wacha and reliever Dominic Leone – reached contract on Friday for the 2019 season, with Ozuna topping the $ 12.25 million list, up from his $ 9 million salary in 201
Ozuna's one-year deal is considered to be the highest season contract for a Cardinals position player, just before Lance Berkman's $ 12 million in 2012. Reliever Greg Holland signed for $ 14 million a year this past March but the arbitration process was not involved.
Occupied by right shoulder problems much of the 2018 season, Ozuna struck .280 with 23 homers and 88 runs beaten.
Previously, Wacha has settled a $ 6.3 million contract for 2019. The deal also requires Wacha to receive an additional $ 100,000 if he turns at least 175 innings.
He made $ 5.3 million in 2018 when he was 8-2 on June 20 before getting a left-handed load on his big-league season. He tried to come back through a minor league rehabilitation option but encountered more discomfort.
Leone, who missed more than half of the 2018 season with an upper arm irritation, will make $ 1.26 million this year. He was $ 1.085 million in 2018.
Director General Michael Girsch said: "The arbitration proceedings are designed to make a solution. Our goal is never to go to arbitration and we are happy not to get it again."
Cardinals have gone to arbitration only once since 1999, where Wacha goes and loses in 2017. Both Ozuna and Wacha are eligible for free agency after the 2019 season and Girsch said the cardinals had nothing planned in the way of long-term talks with either so far. Nor did he say, they do with potential free agent Paul Goldschmidt, the first baseman to be acquired from Arizona in the off-season.
"Well, see how this year goes," Girsch said. Referring to Ozuna and Goldschmidt, Girsch said: "We must get a guy (Ozuna) back to feel good and the other to experience how St. Louis is."
Our previous story about the Cardinals contract
12:40 p.m. Update: Wacha agrees to $ 6.3 million for 2019