The Cardinals and their three arbitration-eligible players — left fielder Marcell Ozuna, starting pitcher Michael Wacha and reliever Dominic Leone — reached agreement Friday on contracts for the 2019 season, with Ozuna topping the list at $12.25 million, up from his $9 million salary of 2018.
Ozuna's one-year deal is believed to be the highest single-season contract for a Cardinals position player, just ahead of Lance Berkman's $12 million in 2012. Reliever Greg Holland signed for $14 million for one year this past March but the arbitration process wasn't involved.
Beset by right shoulder problems much of the 2018 season, Ozuna hit .280 with 23 homers and 88 runs batted in.
Earlier, Wacha settled on a $6.3 million contract for 2019. The agreement also calls for Wacha to receive another $100,000 if he pitches at least 175 innings.
He made $5.3 million in 2018 when he was 8-2 by June 20 before suffering a left oblique strain which ended his big-league season. He tried to come back through a minor league rehabilitation option but encountered more discomfort.
Leone, who missed more than half of the 2018 season with an upper arm irritation, will make $1.26 million this year. He was at $1.085 million in 2018.