Cardinals give Lynn three-year deal

St. Louis, MO ( – St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn has
agreed to a three-year contract, avoiding arbitration.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but reported the deal to be
worth $22 million. It will cover the remainder of Lynn’s arbitration-eligible

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Lance,” said Cardinals
general manager John Mozeliak in a statement Thursday. “His performance has
led to much success for both he and the Cardinals organization, and we look
forward to his continued growth as both a pitcher and team leader.”

Lynn has compiled a record of 49-28 with a 3.46 ERA in 119 games, 97 of which
have been starts, since making his debut in 2011. He has been a member of four
straight postseason clubs, helping the Cardinals to the 2011 World Series with
10 games out of the bullpen.

The 27-year-old right-hander was selected by the Cardinals with the 39th
overall pick of the 2008 draft. His 48 wins since 2012 are the third-most in
the National League, bettered only by teammate Adam Wainwright’s 53 victories
and Clayton Kershaw’s 51 wins.

Lynn was an All-Star in his first full season of 2012 when he posted a record
of 18-7 with a 3.78 ERA. He has won 15 games each of the last two seasons,
finishing 2014 with a mark of 15-10 and a career-best 2.74 ERA in 33 starts.