Car­di­nals avoid ar­bi­tra­tion with Wacha, Ozuna and Leone

The Record (Troy, NY) - - SPORTS - -The As­so­ci­ated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) >> The Car­di­nals and right-han­der Michael Wacha avoided ar­bi­tra­tion by agree­ing to a $6.35 mil­lion con­tract, a raise of $1.05 mil­lion.

St. Louis also agreed to oneyear deals with out­fielder Mar­cell Ozuna at $12.25 mil­lion and right-han­der Do­minic Leone at $1.26 mil­lion.

Wacha’s 2018 sea­son was in­ter­rupted by a strained mus­cle in his left side. Lim­ited to 15 starts for St. Louis, he went 8-2 with a 3.20 ERA.

He was in­jured on June 20 and placed on the 10- day dis­abled list a day later. His at­tempt to re­turn ended when he was placed on the 60-day DL on Sept. 10. Wacha would earn a $100,000 per­for­mance bonus this year for pitch­ing 175 in­nings, a fig­ure he has reached only once in his big league ca­reer, when he was an All-Star in 2015.

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