The St. Louis Cardinals were involved in an arbitration case for the first time in 18 years and were deemed winners Tuesday in their case against right-hander Michael Wacha.
The three arbitrators chose the club's $2.775 million submission over Wacha's request of $3.2 million.
Wacha, 25, was 7-7 with a career-worst 5.09 ERA in 27 appearances (24 starts) last season. The campaign was a dropoff from 2015 when Wacha went 17-7 with a 3.38 ERA.
Still, Wacha's salary will be more than five times higher than his 2016 figure of $539,000.
Wacha was the first player to take the Cardinals to arbitration since left-hander Darren Oliver in 1999. St. Louis won the case against Oliver.