St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak acknowledged having met with a representative of starting pitcher Lance Lynn.
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This winter, the Indiana native is eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career. Last season, Lynn made $535,000 in his third season pitching for the Cardinals. He’s due for a large pay raise to the tune of some $5 million.
Lynn was not the only topic to come up in their conversation according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Derrick Goold. It’s possible that a contract extension could be reached before Lynn even reaches an arbitration hearing such as what has happened in the past with Adam Wainwright, Allen Craig and Matt Carpenter.
"Both sides expressed a willingness to discuss a long-term extension at some point this winter. Lynn has moved to St. Louis and intends to live there year-round with his family, and the Cardinals see him as a pillar for the rotation."
Cardinals policy is to not discuss contract negotiations and Lynn’s representative has promised to keep discussions private.
In 33 starts this past season, Lynn threw 203 2/3 innings, posting a 15-10 record and notched a career low 2.74 ERA. Since stepping into the rotation in 2012 for the injured Chris Carpenter, this was Lynn’s third season in a row with 29 starts and 175 innings pitched.