By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The St. Louis Cardinals signed first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to an extension on Saturday. The deal will take him through the 2024 season.
It is a five-year deal. He will receive $130 million during the lifetime of the deal.
It is the largest deal in Cardinals history. It surpasses the seven-year, $120 million deal the team gave to Matt Holliday in Jan. 2010.
“He’s been everything that has been advertised,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said, speaking generally about Goldschmidt’s spring impression. “The beautiful thing about Goldy is that he just has to be himself. He’s a very intentional guy who cares about playing well, cares about guys on his team and really is strongly committed to winning.
“He wants to do it in every facet of the game. When you have a guy who is one of your better players who has that mentality, that has a lot of residual effect.”
He was acquired by the Cardinals in the off-season. When he was acquired, he had one-year left on his deal.
Arizona acquired Carson Kelly, Luke Weaver, prospect Andy Young, and a 2019 competitive balance round B pick in the deal for Goldschmidt.
The 31-year-old Wilmington, Delaware native spent eight seasons with the Diamondbacks before his trade. He was a six-time All-Star in those eight seasons.
The three-time Gold Glove winner and four-time Silver Slugger had a .290 batting average with 33 home runs and 83 RBIs in 158 games. He also had 35 doubles and five triples on 172 hits, while scoring 95 runs.
He also had 173 strikeouts and 90 walks.
The 33 home runs were three shy of his career-best 36 home runs. He had 36 home runs in two seasons, the last being in the 2017 season when he had 36 home runs and 120 RBIs in 155 games.
Goldschmidt also had 36 home runs in 2013 when he had 36 home runs and a career-best 125 RBIs in 160 games.
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