The St. Louis Cardinals have reached an agreement with right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn to a three-year deal. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Cardinals will pay Lynn an AAV (average annual value) of $7.3 million over three years, totaling to a three-year, $22 million deal, avoiding arbitration. The deal does not include any options, making him a free-agent after the 2017 season.

Even with the signing of Lynn, the Cardinals will not delay his path to free agency, as it just buys out his remaining three arbitration years. The deal not only saves the team money, but it gives Lynn security for three years.

It was previously projected by MLB Trade Rumors that Lynn would set a record for first-time arbitration-eligible pitchers, as he was projected to make $5.5 million for the 2015 season.

The 27-year-old Indianapolis native pitched to a 15-10 record, along with a career-best 2.74 ERA and a 134 ERA+ in 203 and 2/3 innings pitched over 33 starts with the Cardinals during the 2014 campaign.

Lynn has been solid for the Cardinals over his brief four-year major-league career, boasting a career 49-28 record, along with a 3.46 ERA and a 108 ERA+. His best season came back in his first full season in the big leagues back in 2012, where he went 18-7 with a 3.78 ERA and a 100 ERA+ in 176 innings pitch over 35 games pitched (29 starts).

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