Cardinals ink deals with Jack Flaherty, Jordan Montgomery, five others, per sources

Sports columnists Ben Frederickson and Jeff Gordon preview key storylines that can loom giant throughout the Cardinals Winter Warm-Up, the unofficial kick-off to the 2023 season.

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In advance of Friday’s deadline that sends the Cardinals and a handful of gamers to arbitration hearings all through spring, the membership finalized contracts with two members of the rotation and continued to barter others with gamers reminiscent of Gold Glove-winners Tommy Edman and Tyler O’Neill .

Jack Flaherty and Jordan Montgomery agreed to phrases on one-year contracts for the 2023 season Friday morning and averted the necessity for arbitration, based on a number of sources.

Their signings began a blitz of agreements for the Cardinals that left solely two arbitration-eligible gamers unsigned earlier than Friday’s deadline to alternate wage figures. All-Star nearer Ryan Helsley and lefty Genesis Cabrera didn’t come to an settlement with the Cardinals and are possible headed to an arbitration listening to.

The crew confirmed one-year deals with seven gamers.

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Flaherty signed a one-year deal price $5.4 million, based on a supply with direct data of the contract. Montgomery signed a $10-million deal for the approaching season, based on a supply. (That determine was talked about because the possible assembly level in Friday morning’s Post-Dispatch.)

Both pitchers are of their remaining 12 months of arbitration eligibility and might turn out to be free brokers on the finish of the season.

The Cardinals additionally finalized a one-year deal with Edman earlier than Friday’s deadline. He will make $4.2 million, and his efficiency this previous season additionally earned him a bonus paid from Major League Baseball’s new basic fund that’s allotted to high performing gamers earlier than they attain arbitration.

Other gamers to keep away from arbitration included catcher Andrew Knizner, 27, who signed for a one-year, $1.1 million deal. Outfielder O’Neill, 27, finalized a deal price $4.95 million. Right-handed pitcher Dakota Hudson, 28, signed a $2.65 million one-year deal.

Jordan Hicks additionally reached a one-year, $1.8-million settlement with the Cardinals on Friday afternoon to keep away from arbitration. He, too, will likely be a free agent on the finish of the 2023 season.

Representatives for Helsley and Carbera will current the Cardinals with a wage request Friday night and the Cardinals will counter with a wage provide. Those numbers will likely be public and the premise for an arbitration listening to this spring. An arbiter will select between the 2.

The Cardinals acquired Montgomery, 30, from the New York Yankees on the commerce deadline, and the lefty went 6-3 with a 3.11 ERA in 11 begins with his new crew. With just one starter below contract for the 2024 season, the Cardinals intend to discover extensions with at the least two starters this spring, and their settlement with Montgomery on Friday doesn’t preclude them from approaching him with a longer-term provide at any level.

Flaherty, 27, is getting back from a season he completed within the Cardinals’ bullpen. The earlier three seasons have been interrupted by quarantine and accidents and stored the younger right-hander from constructing on his spectacular second half in 2019.

The Cardinals have been inspired by Flaherty’s well being and progress this offseason and he’ll come to spring coaching anticipated to be one of many pitchers who leads the rotation.

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