Jack Flaherty won his arbitration case against the Cardinals, after they submitted a $3 million price tag for him in 2021 and he countered at $3.9 million. He will make $3.9 million in 2021. It’s the first arbitration case the Cardinals have lost since 1994 (Gregg Jefferies).
The win for Flaherty makes him an extra $900,000 this year, and sets himself up for a better raise in 2022, since arbitration builds on prior years. It also sets up better and higher comp numbers for future arbitration eligible pitchers.
He would have made $604,500 over a normal 2020 campaign, and he was due a healthy raise as he entered arbitration. The Cardinals were willing to pay Flaherty almost five times what he would’ve made in 2020 in 2021.
After winning his case, Jack Flaherty made these two tweets: