Lance Lynn returning to Cardinals

Starting pitcher Lance Lynn agreed to a three-year deal to remain with the St. Louis Cardinals, according to CBS Sports.Lynn, a 2008 first-round pick by the Cardinals, has been a solid starter for the Redbirds, compiling a 49-28 record in three-plus seasons. His extensi

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on is reportedly worth $22 million and will allow both sides to avoid arbitration, for which Lynn was eligible this year. Lynn averaged roughly $500,000 per season the last three years, so the new deal is a significant pay raise. Lynn's new deal could see him earn as much as $23.5 million with incentives.The 27-year-old Indianapolis native was 15-10 last year with a career-low ERA of 2.74. While tossing a career-high 203 2/3 innings, Lynn posted a career-best 1.26 WHIP. The 6-5, 250-pound right-hander was 18-7 in 2012 and made the All-Star Game, but had an ERA of 3.78. He threw the first two complete games of his career last season.

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