Wellemeyer, Duncan agree to 1-yr deals with Cards

Updated: January 19, 2009, 5:57 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Pitcher Todd Wellemeyer agreed Monday to a $4.05 million, one-year contract with St. Louis Cardinals, who also struck an $825,000 deal with outfielder Chris Duncan.

The 30-year-old Wellemeyer went 13-9 with a 3.71 ERA last year in his first season as a full-time starter.

Duncan, 27, batted .248 with six home runs and 27 RBIs in a season shortened by cervical disk replacement surgery in August. He can made an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses.

"It makes sense to get those things settled," manager Tony La Russa said. "Less distractions for spring training, so good news."

Three more Cardinals who are eligible for arbitration: outfielders Ryan Ludwick and Rick Ankiel and pitcher Brad Thompson.

General manager John Mozeliak thought Ankiel's salary number might be easier to assess than it was last year, when the former left-handed pitcher was about to enter his first full season as an outfielder.

"This year there's definitely a player or two you can point to," Mozeliak said.

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