Lance Lynn, St. Louis Cardinals agree to 3-year, $22 million deal


Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals have reached an agreement on a three-year deal valued at $22 million. The deal buys out Lynn’s remaining arbitration years.

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“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Lance,” Cardinals Senior V.P./General Manager John Mozeliak said in a team statement. “His performance has led to much success for both he and the Cardinals organization, and we look forward to his continued growth as both a pitcher and team leader.”

Lynn was the 39th overall pick of the 2008 MLB Draft when the St. Louis Cardinals selected the Indiana native out of Ole Miss. In 119 games (97 games started), Lynn has a career 49-28 won-loss record with a 3.46 ERA. Lynn has appeared in a franchise-record 23 postseason games since his 2011 debut.

Since the 2012 season, Lynn’s 48 wins are the third-highest in the National League. He trails only teammate Adam Wainwright (53) and Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw (51). He is tied for 7th with 95 games started and eleventh with 581.1 innings pitch. His 59 quality starts since the 2012 season began are good enough for tenth place.

Only three pitchers have won 15 or more games in the last three seasons: Lynn, Max Scherzer, and Zack Greinke. Lynn won a career-high 18 games during his All-Star season in 2012. Lynn and Wainwright joined Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson as the last Cardinals to have struck out 175 batters or more in three straight seasons.

The 27-year-old is fifth amongst active pitchers in winning percentage (.636) and the Cardinals own a 60-37 record when Lynn starts a game. At Busch Stadium III, the Indiana native owns a 27-12 mark with a 2.80 ERA in 57 career appearances. Lynn currently sits in fourth for all-time wins at Busch Stadium III.

Logging over 200 innings for the second season in a row, Lynn pitched his first career complete-game shutout when the Cardinals won 6-0 over the New York Yankees on May 27, 2015.

The Cardinals have yet to announce a deal with three other arbitration-eligible candidates: Peter Bourjos, Tony Cruz and Jon Jay.