Cards settle with Flaherty, six others on arbitration deadline day

St. Louis will exchange salary figures with Genesis Cabrera and Ryan Helsley, with whom the team did not come to an agreement Thursday.
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty throws during the first inning of a baseball...
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)(Jeff Roberson | AP)
Published: Jan. 13, 2023 at 12:05 PM CST
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - A year after requiring an arbitration hearing to determine his salary, Jack Flaherty has avoided that measure with the St. Louis Cardinals for 2023.

Flaherty and the Cardinals have agreed to settle on a deal for Flaherty’s 2023 salary. Reports Friday indicate that Flaherty will earn $5.4 million this season under the agreement. The Cardinals also settled with six other arbitration-eligible players ahead of Friday’s deadline.

This is Flaherty’s final year of arbitration eligibility, making the right-handed starter eligible for free agency following the campaign. Following a season that was mostly lost to injury, Flaherty earned an increase of just more than $400,000 compared to last year’s $5 million salary.

The Cardinals entered Friday’s deadline to reach contract agreements with nine arbitration-eligible players whose 2023 contracts had yet to be determined. That list included Jack Flaherty, Jordan Montgomery, Jordan Hicks, Tommy Edman, Ryan Helsley, Tyler O’Neill, Dakota Hudson, Andrew Knizner and Genesis Cabrera. As of the end of the business day Friday, the Cardinals had agreed to deals with seven of the nine players, with relievers Genesis Cabrera and Ryan Helsley as the exceptions.

The Cardinals do not disclose salary information, but reports have indicated that Montgomery’s deal is worth $10 million, with Hudson’s contract checking in at $2.65 million for the 2023 season.

Like Flaherty, Montgomery is scheduled for free agency after the 2023 season. With Adam Wainwright’s impending retirement and Miles Mikolas pitching on an expiring contract, there was talk that the Cardinals might look to ink Montgomery to a lengthier deal to help fortify the rotation for 2024 and beyond; that concept did not come to fruition Friday.

Of the Cardinals’ projected five-man starting rotation for the upcoming season, only Steven Matz is under contract beyond 2023. Reliever Jordan Hicks is also free-agent eligible after this season.

In the cases of Cabrera and Helsley, both the team and the player will submit proposals for the player’s 2023 salary. An arbitration hearing will be scheduled to determine which of the two numbers will ultimately dictate the player’s salary for the season.

The sides can still settle prior to the hearing date, but the Cardinals have adopted a ‘file-and-trial’ approach to these matters in recent years--which means that the cases for Cabrera and Helsley are almost certain to be left up to a hearing later this winter.