Gold Glove outfielder & team avoid salary arbitration
JUPITER, Fla., – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have agreed with outfielder Harrison Bader on a two-year (2022-23) contract, avoiding an arbitration hearing.
Bader, 27, was recognized as the games’ top defensive centerfielder in 2021 with his first Rawlings Gold Glove award. He has stood among the majors top defensive outfielders dating back to 2018 when he was named to the Baseball America and Topps All-Rookie teams.
Since the beginning of the 2018 season, Bader leads all Major League outfielders in Defensive Runs Saved (47), Outs Above Average (47) and Runs Prevented (42), and he ranks 3rd in Defensive War (3.5). His .973 Defensive Zone Rating in 2021 was the highest of any Major League outfielder since the category began being tracked in 1997, according to Stats Perform.
Bader batted a career best .267 last season while also compiling career single-season bests for home runs (16) and RBI (50) in his 103 games played. He has a career batting mark of .244/.323/.417 with 47 HR’s, 147 RBI and 40 stolen bases in 451 games.
The right-handed hitting Bader was a 3rd round draft selection (100th player overall) by the Cardinals in 2015 out of the University of Florida, and he was voted the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year in 2017.