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Cardinals’ Lynn just misses out on big Super 2 payout

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn hasn’t had the greatest week – and it has nothing to do with his club’s delayed flight into Boston on Tuesday evening.

On Sunday, the 26-year-old right-hander absorbed a home loss to the Red Sox in Game 4 of the World Series. On Tuesday, Lynn missed the cutoff for salary arbitration eligibility by just three days, a circumstance that may have cost him several million dollars in earnings for the 2014 season.

The minimum level of major league service time required to be eligible to have one’s salary decided through arbitration for 2014 is two years, 122 days. This is according to calculations agreed to by the commissioner’s office and the players’ association and shared by the Associated Press.

With service time at the end of the 2013 season at two years, 119 days, Lynn just fell short of qualification. At two years, 105 days, Cardinals catcher Tony Cruz also missed the arbitration cutoff – by 17 days.

Instead of a marked increase in salary for next season via the arbitration process, the two will be paid at a rate set by the club, likely slightly higher than the 2014 major league minimum salary of $500,000.

For more information, including additional details on the process, comparable first-year arbitration salaries, status of other Cardinals arbitration-eligible players and much more, check out my in-depth subscriber-only article now running at

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5 Responses to “Cardinals’ Lynn just misses out on big Super 2 payout”

  1. blingboy says:

    Who is the skinny guy in the picture?

  2. Bw52 says:

    I would think the low salary this coming season only increases Lynn`s value to teams needing inexspensive starting pitching in case Cards do go shopping for a SS (Hello Minnesota,Oakland,Cleveland,Seattle,Colorado,AZ,SD etc;).Would Cards be interested in Josh Rutledge,Brian Dozier,Everth Cabrera,Zach Walters,etc;?

  3. crdswmn says:

    Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox. They played better than us and deserved to win.

    I am still proud of this team. They had a heck of a season. Division champs, NL champs, and a bright future.

    I would like to take this opportunity to say that I find the way fans have turned on David Freese and the hateful things they say to be appalling and shameful. He had a down year, but he didn’t do it on purpose and I hope he returns next year so I can say nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah.

    Go ahead and let me have it, I don’t give two effs. (Sorry Brian, but I had to get that off my chest).

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