Cardinals, Jon Jay avoid arbitration with two-year deal

Baseball The Cardinals avoided arbitration with Jon Jay by giving the outfielder a new two-year contract, the team announced on Monday.The two sides were about a milllion dollars apart during negotiations. Jay wanted $5 million this season while the Cardinals were offering $4.1 million. They settled on $10.975 million overall, with Jay getting a $1.25 million signing bonus and $3.5 million salary this season and a $6.225 million salary next year, according to Jay, who will be 30 in March, has hit .295/.359/.396 in five seasons with the Cardinals. His biggest asset is as an outfielder, where he has just seven errors in 621 game