Cards Avoid Arbitration With McClellan

St. Louis, MO., January 17, 2012 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that righthanded pitcher Kyle McClellan has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the club, thus avoiding salary arbitration.  Financial terms of the deal are not disclosed.

McClellan, 27, split his time between starter and reliever in 2011.  in 17 starts he accumulated a 6-6 record with a 4.21 ERA and was 6-1 in 26 relief appearances.  McClellan stepped into the starting rotation after a pre-season injury to Adam Wainwright and stayed in that role until the Cardinals traded for pitcher Edwin Jackson at the trade deadline.

A St. Louis native and first-round pick of the Cardinals in 2002, McClellan has four years of service with the club after making his Major League debut in 2008.  He has a 19-22 record with St. Louis, with a 3.61 ERA in 245 games, 17 starts.

Pitcher Jason Motte is the only arbitration eligible player to remain unsigned.

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