The Cardinals announced today that they have signed outfielder Jon Jay to a two-year contract through the 2016 season and avoided salary arbitration. Jay will receive a $1.25 million signing bonus, a salary of $3.5 this season, and a salary of $6.225 million in 2016.

The 30 year-old had a sturdy .303 batting average last season (although he did not not have enough plate appearances to qualify as a MLB batting leader) and a remarkable postseason in which he hit .434. Since his Cardinals debut in 2010, Jay has not only been a clutch player, but a Cards fan favorite as well.