The Cardinals signed Lance Lynn to a three year contract (2015-17) worth $22 million today (he made $535,000 last season) and avoided salary arbitration in the process. Over the past few years Lynn has been an extremely effective and durable pitcher. Lynn’s 59 quality
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starts since 2012 are good for tenth best in the NL and his 95 starts over that time period rank 7th as well. Lynn is also just one of three pitchers (Max Scherzer, Zack Greinke) to win 15 or more games in each of the past three seasons.
This was a smart move for the Cardinals. Lynn arguably had his best season in 2014 and at age 27 he is just starting to enter his prime. On top of this, his contract is extremely reasonable considering the numbers he has put up over the past few seasons. Now that Lynn has signed the Cardinals only have three arbitration eligible players remaining on their roster (Peter Bourjous, Jon Jay and Tony Cruz).