SAN LUIS – Left-handed reliever TJ McFarland became the first of this year’s major league free agents to reach a deal, landing a one-year deal to stay with the St. Louis Cardinals.
McFarland stabilized the Cardinals bullpen down the stretch after signing as a free agent on July 1 in a deal that paid $ 1 million while in the major leagues and $ 200,000 while in the minors.
The 32-year-old was 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA in 38 games and 38 2/3 innings.
The nine-year major league veteran started 2021 at Triple-A with the Washington Nationals, but was granted his release on June 29.
St. Louis’ 3.47 ERA in the second half of the season in the St. Louis bullpen ranked eighth in the majors. With McFarland back, left-handed free agent Andrew Miller is the only critical player in that group not lined up to return in 2022.