Cardinals agree on deals with Bader, Reyes, Hicks for 2021; Still working with Flaherty


ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have reached agreements on one-year contracts for the upcoming 2021 season with outfielder Harrison Bader and pitchers Jordan Hicks and Alex Reyes, avoiding salary arbitration.

The Cardinals didn't disclose the financial terms of the deals. But multiple reports say Bader signed for $2 million, Hicks will get $862,500 and Reyes gets $900,000.

The only player they haven't come to a deal with is their young ace Jack Flaherty. The team announced they will continue to exchange salary arbitration figures and they may still come to an agreement. If they don't, it will likely head to an arbitration hearing to decided Flaherty's 2021 salary with St. Louis.

Friday at noon was the deadline for all teams to exchange salary figures with arbitration-eligible players, in hopes of striking a deal. The Cardinals had only those four players in that category.

It's the first year of arbitration for all four of those players and Flaherty is expected to get the biggest raise.

Projected 2021 salaries, per
Stats in 2020: 4-3, 4.91 ERA across 40 1/3 innings (nine starts), 1.215 WHIP
Projected salary: $2.8 million
Agreed salary: TBD

Stats in 2020: .226 average, four homers, .779 OPS in 50 games (125 plate appearances)
Projected salary: $1.75 million
Agreed salary: $2 million

Stats in 2019: 14 saves, 3.14 ERA across 28 2/3 innings (29 games)
Stats in 2020: Opted out due to pre-existing health conditions
Projected salary: $925,000
Agreed salary: $862,500

Stats in 2020: 1 save, 3.20 ERA across 19 2/3 innings (15 games)
Projected salary: $1 million
Agreed salary: $900,000

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