Updated: Jan 12, 2019
The St. Louis Cardinals announced about an hour ago or so ago, they and RHP Michael Wacha have come to an agreement in his third and final arbitration eligible season. He will be paid $6,350 M for one year and an incentive of $100,000 for 175 IP as reported by Robert Murray of the Athletic.
Wacha, who was struck with a rare shoulder injury early in his career, has averaged 129 IP over the past three seasons. However, in 2018 it was an oblique injury that held him to only 84.1 IP but was 8-2 with a 3.20 ERA. Obviously, recovery is complete and he is ready for Spring Training and ... no salary worries for yet another season. He becomes a free agent in 2020.
Also, an agreement for one year contracts have been reached by the Cardinals with LF Marcell Ozuna and RHP Dominic Leone before the deadline this afternoon. However, final details for the two has yet to be revealed.
As Cardinals fans are aware, Ozuna went through minor surgery to 'clean-up' his shoulder this off-season. For expected better production ~ possible $14-16 M in 2019? He settled for $9 M in 2018. And, Leone lost a good deal of 2018 due to a nerve injury in his pitching arm. Being first year AE, and paid $1,085 M in 2018 ... Maybe $2-2.5 M for 2019?
I'm presuming all have been checked out - physicals completed for the one year offers.
This is Ozuna's final AE year as he will be a free agent in 2020. This was the first for Leone. He becomes a free agent in 2022.
UPDATE ON OZUNA AND LEONE:
Ozuna tops the list this season for arb-eligible players with the St. Louis Cardinals ... but a tick under what I thought both may receive.
Per Rick Hummel, St. Louis Post-Dispatch ~ Ozuna topping the list at $12.25 million, up from his $9 million salary of 2018.
Leone ~ will make $1.26 million this year.