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St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Chris Stratton throws during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

Reliever Chris Stratton, who gave the Cardinals' bullpen a boost after the trade deadline this year, is returning to St. Louis in 2023.

The team announced Thursday that it has signed Stratton to a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration. The 32-year-old right-hander struggled a bit over 40 games with the Pirates this past season. But he pitched well in a mostly low-leverage relief role after coming to the Cardinals in the Aug. 2 trade that also brought José Quintana to St. Louis in exchange for Malcom Nuñez and Johan Oviedo. Over 20 appearances with St. Louis, Stratton posted a 2.78 ERA with 23 strikeouts and 12 walks in 22.2 innings. He has a 4.52 ERA in 238 major league appearances spanning seven seasons.

Friday is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. Other players who the Cardinals still must make decisions on include Génesis Cabrera, Tommy Edman, Jack Flaherty, Ryan Helsley, Jordan Hicks, Dakota Hudson, Andrew Knizner, Jordan Montgomery, Tyler O'Neill and Alex Reyes.